March 16: Desiree Lapahie/NICOA

This meeting will be held at 6pm via Zoom. RSVP Here

We will be joined this month by Desiree Lapahie, a data analyst at the National Indian Council on Aging. Desiree is a member of the Navajo Nation and has five years of experience in the aging sector. From caregiver to a data analyst, she advocates on behalf of American Indian older adults for improved comprehensive health, social services, and economic wellbeing.

As a caregiver, she experienced firsthand the lack of native perspective for AI/AN people with Alzheimer’s and played a role in the Alzheimer’s Association’s efforts to pass legislation in New Mexico that would benefit people with Alzheimer’s. She has earned her BA in Economics, with a minor in Business Management at the University of New Mexico.  

February 16: Dr. Elissa Sherman/LeadingAge

This meeting will be held at 6pm via Zoom. RSVP Here

Our speaker this month will be Elissa Sherman, PhD, President of LeadingAge Massachusetts. LeadingAge Massachusetts represents the full continuum of mission-driven, not-for-profit providers of health care, housing, and services for older persons in Massachusetts.

Dr. Sherman has worked in aging policy for over 30 years, and will provide a review of the aging services landscape, including the impact of the pandemic on nursing homes, CCRCs, and assisted living facilities. She’ll tell us what lies ahead for these sectors, including challenges and opportunities. 

January 19: Aarabi Balasubramanian

This meeting will be held at 6pm via Zoom. RSVP Here

Our speaker this month will be Aarabi Balasubramanian, Founder & CEO of EmTech Care Labs, an early stage tech startup based in Cambridge. She is currently developing Care-Wallet, a digital long-term care management solution for home-based family caregiving.

Aarabi is also a strategy executive with extensive business, innovation & operations leadership experience across healthcare, financial services and technology industries. She is very passionate about the evolutionary application of technology for societal progress, in particular, access to better healthcare, financial wellness and aging well. Aarabi will provide an overview of the state of innovation & technology in the aging marketspace and also share her own entrepreneurial experiences including how her team is addressing long-term care needs and challenges.

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November 17: Amy Rosenthal/Health Care for All

This meeting will be held at 6pm via Zoom. RSVP Here

Our November speaker wtill be Amy Rosenthal, the Executive Director of Health Care for All (HCFA). HCFA advocates for health justice in MA by working to promote health equity and ensure coverage and access for all. Amy will inform us about their outreach efforts to ensure coverage for those with low literacy or those with limited access. She will also share the issues for which they are presently advocating in the state legislature and what Boston Bridge can do to assist those efforts.

Oct 20: Home Care Aide Council & Home Care Alliance of MA

Hi all! We can’t wait to see you virtually this October to kick off the new year of Boston Bridge.

We will have representatives from the Home Care Aide Council & Home Care Alliance of MA joining us to discuss the direct care workforce.

They’ll discuss what working in home care is like (home health aide, homemaker, etc.), who works in these positions, and how these services are paid for. They’ll discuss the safety challenges, interdisciplinary challenges, and what the field has learned about protecting this essential workforce and their clients in the last year. We hope you’ll join us for a discussion of these very timely issues.