Monthly Scoop: September 2017

The Monthly Scoop:

Thank you to everyone who came out for our networking meeting last Wednesday. We heard your feedback: you want more time to network! We plan to provide extra time to network at the end of each meeting. We’ll provide the ice breaker; you provide the conversation.

For Our October Meeting:

  • October Speaker:
    • We look forward to welcoming Secretary Marylou Sudders, Secretary of Health & Human Services for the state of Massachusetts.
  • Room Change:
    • Please note, this year we are meeting in room 550.
  • Membership Dues:
    • It’s time for yearly membership dues. You can now conveniently pay online! Annual membership dues are $30 for professionals and $20 for students.


  • Most articles you read about retirement have a scare factor. This Washington Post article reviews a different approach: inspired retirement.
  • In the aftermath of the gray divorce, more unmarried older adults than ever before are living with a partner. Click here to find out why.
  • Read about Next Avenue’s 2017 Top 50 Influencers in Aging.
  • Looking for a creative alternative to living in a supported setting? Have you considered a cruise ship?
  • What happens when an artist ages? Is growing older and more dependent on others making Dale Chihuly more vulnerable to attack? Read more here.
  • Did you know that older adults in Massachusetts have special protections against their utility services being shut off? Even so, 84-year-old Joan Tanos’ phone was cut off on her birthday. Click here to find out how this happened.
  • Read about a program that helps older adults with dementia to live in their homes longer.
  • Learn about the latest research on prolonging life and living healthier for longer.
  • What should you do if an older adult in your life needs more support? Can you force them to move to a supportive setting? Read advice from Boston Globe writer Amy Dickinson.

Mixed Media

  • Watch Maurice Sendak’s illustrated interview about what it’s like to age. It is a real gem.
  • What can older adults do to prepare for a natural disaster? This NPR clip offers advice.
  • Looking for a way to curtail social isolation among older adults living at home? Check out this testimonial video for Selfhelp’s Virtual Senior Center.
  • Remember the SNL parody commercial for the Amazon Echo Silver? It turns out the Amazon Echo is being adapted to support older adults living at home. Learn how.
  • Listen to this interview with the founder of Elder Orphans—a growing Facebook group. Elder orphans are adults 55 and older who are aging without children or a spouse.
  • What if those who needed long term care could live in homes connected to decentralized care services, rather than living in nursing homes? Read Stantec’s blog post proposing a new type of care.
  • Check out this advertisement from MetLife, highlighting the positive aspects and opportunities that come from four generations working together in one company.
  • Do you want to learn from innovators in the field of aging? Listen to the LeadingAge Workforce Innovators Podcast, and learn about creative solutions to workforce issues.

Please note, we are constantly adding eventsannouncements, and job openings to our website.

We look forward to seeing many of you in October!
~Ilana Klarman and the Boston Bridge Board