September 14, 2021
News from The Boston Home
Debra Frankel Looks Back on 30 Years of Service as a TBH Trustee
On June 23rd, The Boston Home Trustees held their annual meeting virtually. In addition to celebrating the achievements of the past year, and welcoming new Trustees Suzanne Stinson and Cherlie Magny-Normilus, the Trustees also took a special opportunity to thank Debra Frankel, past Vice-Chair of the Board of Trustees, for her remarkable 30 years of dedicated service to The Boston Home, as she retires from the Board. Read more...
The Boston Home Welcomes BNAC CASA-MS Researchers
Researchers from the Buffalo Neuroimaging Analysis Center (BNAC), affiliated with the Jacobs MS Center at the University at Buffalo (NY), completed their first onsite data collection visit in early August with residents of The Boston Home as part of Phase 1 of the CASA-MS study.
As part of this observational research project, members of the BNAC team including neurologist and neuroscientist Dejan Jakimovski, MD, PhD, and second-year MD-PhD student Zachary Weinstock met individually with residents who have previously agreed to provide existing MRI data to complete standardized neurological function exams and neuropsychological testing. Currently more than 35 residents and B-fit! day program participants have enrolled in the CASA-MS study, and Dr. Jakimovski and Mr. Weinstock plan to visit TBH again this fall to meet with additional residents. Through the CASA MS Study, researchers hope to learn more about how some people diagnosed with MS acquire a more progressive form of the disease as compared with age-, sex-, and disease-duration matched “twins” in Buffalo at the Jacobs Center who exhibit symptoms of the more mild relapsing form of MS. The goal is to enroll as many as 60 residents and B-fit! members with progressive forms of MS to help determine biomarkers, MRI indicators, and functional guideposts which might identify individuals more at-risk for developing progressive forms of this disease eligible for earlier intervention. Learn more about The Boston Home's partnership with BNAC...
Resident Artists Shine at Annual Art Show
Twenty-seven talented residents of The Boston Home displayed their outstanding watercolors and photographs on Tuesday, August 17th at our Annual Art Show, which featured a garden jazz performance by the Jeff Williams Quartet in addition to the exhibit and art sale. Many residents have embraced the sustaining power of the arts throughout the challenges of the pandemic, and were delighted to share their recent work with family and friends.
Monica Ransome-Forde, TBH Payroll Coordinator,
Bob M., resident artist, and Joel Richards, City Council Candidate for District 4.
B.Fit! is On the Go!
After more than a year of quarantine, members of the B.Fit! Day Program are thrilled to be fully vaccinated and have been taking advantage of summer weather to visit some of Boston's best-loved destinations, including the Arnold Arboretum of Harvard University, the Institute of Contemporary Art, and Community Boating for a day of sailing on the Charles River.
In June, B.Fit! resumed in-person programming on a part-time basis, while Program Coordinator Glory Wideman Hughes continues to offer virtual programming as well for those who are unable to attend in-person.

Are you interested in learning more about our B.Fit! Day Program? Contact Glory Wideman-Hughes to find out about getting involved: gwideman@thebostonhome.org
or 617-326-4300.
Community Boating’s nationally recognized Universal Access Program (UAP) allows individuals to experience the freedom sailing offers. The UAP program provides support and encouragement to individuals who might not otherwise be able to sail.
Learn more about Harmon Apartments and the National Affordable Housing Management Association Vanguard Awards.
Harmon Apartments Wins National Vanguard Award!
Harmon Apartments will be awarded a 2021 Vanguard Award from the National Affordable Housing Management Association. The $18.7 million development was completed in the Spring of 2019, on The Boston Home campus to create 36 ADA accessible, mixed-income apartments with supportive services designed to promote independent living for adults with disabilities, and specifically to support the needs of persons who have progressive neurological disabilities.
Haiti Earthquake Relief Donation Drive
Thank you to all who have contributed to The Boston Home's relief drive for communities impacted by the recent earthquake in Haiti. Many of The Boston Home's staff have deep ties to the Haitian community, and loved ones who have been impacted by the disaster. We will be working with Boston-based nonprofits with programs in Haiti to ensure donations reach those in need.
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