From news you can use to finds you might love, click through our picks from the week online.
Still dancing after all these years The folks at the American Society on Aging weren’t the only ones to share a home video celebrating 56 years of marriage. AGA used it as a way to remind us all of the importance of relationships for health and wellbeing later in life. We think the video is a also great reminder of how important it is to keep dancing. Read more – including links to informative articles on relationships and aging – on ASA’s blog, or watch the video below.
Loving our age A new beauty website has launched in Britain for women who are as sick of the “anti-aging” push in product marketing as they are of advertisers and publishers erasing age from every face they show us. The site, The Beauty+ (tagline: Loving Our Age), covers products as well as issues, and also looks destined to become a place where women can mobilize to challenge agism in the beauty industry; right now, site visitors are complaining about a heavily photoshopped photo of 68-year-old Charlotte Rampling. Click here to visit The Beauty+.
Testing the eyes for Alzheimer’s? Researchers reported that a simple eye test conducted by an ophthalmologist is showing promise as an early detecter of Alzheimer’s. Another test that measures sensitivity to smell could also be used a diagnostic tool. Early detection and treatment can help slow the progress of the disease. Click here to read more on NBC.com.
Maybe you’ve heard about Stitch – it’s a new dating site for older people that shifts the focus from romance to companionship and takes some extra steps to protect its members from scammers. The site started matchmaking operations in the Bay Area last week and is waiting for enough interested people in NYC other large metropolitan areas to sign up, so it can expand. Click here to check out Stitch’s model.
In the “ridiculously fit” department A new video about Barry “Magoo” McGuigan, the oldest competitive surfer in the world, has been getting some Internet love this past week. At 85, McGuigan is remarkable for his strength – but it’s the effort he puts into his cancer research charity that’s truly noteworthy; McGuigan himself has non-Hodgkins lymphoma. (The Australian accent can be a little hard to decipher – hang in there.)
A new app for accessible subways! Wheelie is designed for wheelchair users in NYC, but it could also prove useful for anyone who is having a hard time managing subway steps: The app, which is in the final stages of development, will make it easy to locate the nearest station with elevator service and (yes!) also indicates whether the elevator is working, as well as showing photos of the elevator entrance to make these easier to find. Eventually, Wheelie will become a fully accessible guide for NYC. The app designer has launched a Kickstarter campaign to crowdfund the final product; anyone who pledges $5 can also become a beta tester. Click here to visit Wheelie.com and here to donate.
Why single women should relocate to Mexico That’s the title of a new piece on Next Avenue. A 50-year-old woman gives several reasons why Mexico – specifically Mazatlan – is a good place for single-women expats. Although the writer is a not-quite-senior and many of her reasons could apply to other places with expat communities, it’s worth a read for anyone who’s been wondering what it would be like to do it alone. Click through to Next Avenue and stay tuned, too, for a singles edition of our own Aging Out of Place series.
Are you an optimist or a pessimist? The 2014 United States of Aging survey shows those 60 and over are pretty much evenly split: 49 percent say they’re concerned that their savings won’t cover them for their remaining years – that’s four percentage points fewer pessimists than last year. The support of friends and family was a major factor in seniors’ optimism. The survey also find a big uptick in the percentage of seniors who say they exercise daily, from 26 percent in 2013 to 37 percent today. Read more here.
Experience 3D printing at Home Depot Maybe you’ve been reading about 3D printing and how it could change the way we buy (some say it could spawn a new post-industrial revolution) – but how many of us have seen it in action? If you’re curious and live in NYC, California or Chicago, stop by your local Home Depot, where you’ll find a consumer model of a Replicator 3D printer along with someone who’ll be happy to show you a demonstration and give you a small 3D printed item as a memento. Click here to read more on Engadget.
- An associate professor of geriatrics makes a case for robot companion-caregivers
- Low cost and free cellphone options for seniors
- Gallup poll: Older Americans are happier with their looks than those in other age groups