Monthly Scoop: September 2018

The Monthly Scoop:

Thank you to Massachusetts Secretary of Health and Human Services Marylou Sudders for speaking with us about the breadth and depth of work she is doing to support older adults in the state of Massachusetts.

For Our October Meeting:

  • October Speaker
    • We look forward to welcoming author, columnist, and elder advocate Marian Knapp to our next meeting on Wednesday, October 17th. Marian will be talking about ageism.
  • Membership Dues:
    • It’s time for annual membership dues: $30 for professionals and $20 for students. Our dues cycle is from September 2018 through June 2019. You can conveniently pay online.


  • Please note, our November meeting will take place on Wednesday, 11/14. This is the second Wednesday in November.
  • Secretary Sudders mentioned the 2018 Optimal Aging Challenge: In Good Company. Submissions of ideas to improve healthy aging by reducing loneliness and social isolation are due September 28th.


  • To move or not to move? When is the right time for an older adult to move to a place with more care? And when is it too late? Read this Boston Globe article to learn more.
  • Read about care facilities in the Netherlands and their latest innovative strategies for supporting people with dementia.
  • Learn about CVS’ new telemedicine service, soon to be rolled out in a number of states. What impact might this have on older adults?
  • In 2015, Japan had a 40,000 person caregiver shortage. Click here to find out how they plan to address the shortage.
  • Read about Massachusetts’ new unique legislation on Alzheimer’s care, diagnostic procedures, and treatment at hospitals.

Mixed Media

  • Is it worth it to get early onset Alzheimer’s diagnosed? A piece by NPR suggests it is. Click here to find out why.
  • Take a minute to view this short and sweet BBC clip about a friendship with an 87-year age-difference.
  • Watch “End Game“, a new documentary about end of life care with up close and personal interviews with patients and providers. The documentary is available in full on Netflix.
  • Read about one woman’s decision to become her mother’s caretaker.

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