Winner Announcement Event | DEC 17

Challenge Sponsors are thrilled to announce the In Good Company winners!

Read the the press release here.

 

Responses to the In Good Company Challenge were incredibly--spanning over 11 countries and offering vast diversity in approaches to reduce social isolation and loneliness in older adults across caregiving, transportation, employment and housing.

 

Congratulations are in order to the following:

 

  • Share Kitchens: Share Kitchens strives to end loneliness where it often creeps in: during the simple, daily occurence of mealtime.  The nonprofit helps older adults transform their domestic kitchens into culinary spaces that foster communal cooking and intergenerational preparation and enjoyment of food.  The organization's vision is to create a network of Share Kitchens across Massachusetts that ensures food stability and provides employment for seniors.

 

  • FriendshipWorks: FriendshipWorks' mission is to reduce social isolation, enhance quality of life and preserve the dignity of older adults in the Greater Boston area.  Founded in 1984, the organization is based on the blief that no one should have to be alone, regardless of age or fraility.  FriendshipWorks strives to achieve this vision by recruiting and training volunteers of all ages, faiths, and backgrounds to provide friendship, advocacy, educatino, assistance, and emotional support to the elderly.

 

  • HelpAroundTownHelpAroundTown is a personalized, localized community marketplace that connects neighbors organically by facilitating transactions between people who need help and neighbors looking for flexible work. HelpAroundTown believes that some people have what other people need, and that by connecting them, we can strengthen community ties and create intergenerational bonds.

 

  • Care.coach: Care.coach avatars combine human intelligence and compassion with software automation and clinical algorithms to provide 24/7 psychosocial support for older adults. Researchers at universities and clinicians in diverse care settings have validated Care.coach’s innovative approach in caregiving and its ability to reduce loneliness, improve perceived social support, and drive outcomes - including reducing the need for nursing visits to the home, preventing falls, and mitigating delirium among hospitalized elders.

 

To celebrate these innovators, Challenge Sponsors hosted as a Winner Event at MIT's Samberg Center on December 17th.  The event brought together community members, industry leaders and innovators--with special guests Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker and Secretary of Health and Human Services Marylou Sudders.

 

The event also featured a poster session to showcase other favorite solutions to improve the aging experience:

 

We had a great turnout at the event, for which some of the photos are below:

 

City of Boston Commissioner for the Affairs of the Elderly, Emily Shea (3rd from left) attends In Good Company Challenge Awards with several Boston residents.  Group photo with MIT AgeLab staff, MIT AgeLab's 85+ Lifestyle Leaders, Boston residents, and students from the Brookwood Middle School.
   
   
 Governor Baker addresses the attendees.  In Good Company Winners and Sponsors: (Back Row from left) Dyan Finkhousen, GE Geniuslink, Joseph Coughlin, MIT AgeLab, Yifan Lu, MIT AgeLab, Governor Baker, Tom Grape, Benchmark, Reem Yared, HelpAroundTown, Eileen Connors, Governor's Council to Address Aging in MA, (Front Row from left) Lisa Ralph, GE Global Operations, Janet Seckel Cerrotti, FriendshipWorks, Kendra Seavey, Care.Coach, Sarah Gunawan, Share Kitchens, EOHHS Secretary Marylou Sudders, EOEA Secretary Alice Bonner.

 

 

 

Informational Webinar | SEPT 6

Weren't able to attend or want to revisit the conversation?  Click below to access the In Good Company Informational Webinar Recording.

 

Curious to learn more about In Good Company?  Want to learn more about the effort to advance healthy aging through reducing social isolation and loneliness?  Want to learn how you can help--and how to submit to the In Good Company Challenge?  We hope this one hour session, featuring trailblazers Dr. Joe Coughlin (MIT AgeLab), Robin Lipson (Executive Office of Elder Affairs at the State of Massachusetts) and Dyan Finkhousen (GE), will inspire you to be part of the movement and join the mission to enhance the aging experience!

 

 

 

 

 

Thought Leadership Breakfast | AUG 13

On Monday, August 13, thought leaders around the Boston, MA area met for an "In Good Company" breakfast for conversation about the importance of improving wellbeing in aging populations--and how we can collaborate to change the future of healthy aging.

 

Click on the video for a recap, to reminisce or see what you missed!