Linky Sunday: Roger Ebert’s Twitter Life, Big Health News, Our Planet…

It’s Linky Sunday – put on the coffee and prepare your cursor :)

We’ve gathered up some of the week’s best stories from around the web. Read on…

Roger Ebert, tweep. When Roger Ebert died suddenly last week, the movie critic had 840,000 Twitter followers. After jaw surgery for cancer robbed Ebert of the use of his voice, in his late 60s he turned to Twitter as the next best way to interact with friends and fans. Ebert was a famously active tweeter. Click to read CNN’s story about Ebert’s life in the Twittersphere.

The big health news of the week involved fish: According to a new study, older people who have higher levels of omega-3 fatty acids, which you get by eating fatty fish and seafood, may be able to lower their overall mortality risk – and not just from heart disease – by as much as 27 percent. What does lowering your risk of death really mean? Read more by clicking here here.

The wow factor. Astronaunts onboard the International Space Station that orbits the planet once every 90 minutes have created a stunning time-lapse video of our sparkling, glowing world from some 217 miles above us.  Click here to watch.

Financial self-defense. The Certified Financial Planner Board of Standards has created a guide to financial self-defense for older Americans that includes a number of red flags you should watch for, and how to handle them. Check out the guide by clicking here.

The high cost of dementia. A credible new study by the RAND corporation estimates that within the next 30 years, America will be staggering under the weight of the costs involved in caring for people with dementia. Those costs were $109 billion in 2010 and are expected to more than double by 2040 as the population ages.  Click here to read the report.

Eye health news. Drugs prescribed to lower cholesterol may be effective against age-related macular degeneration, according to another new study. Click here to read the report.

Awkward family photos. Even if you never went to Sears for a family portrait (New Yorkers, we know what you’re thinking), you’ve probably seen quite of few of those pictures. This week’s news: Digital cameras and camera phones have put America’s iconic Sears studios out of business.  Nowadays, you can see the pictures on the site AwkwardFamilyPhotos rather than in your sister’s family newsletter. Click here to read more.

April is poetry month, and you don’t have to be a big fan of verse to appreciate the New York Times Haiku Tumblr blog. The Times has come up with a computer algorithm turns sentences and paragraphs of homepage articles and into mathematically determined haiku poems. Click here to read a few!

Got student loan debt? Everyone knows that 20-somethings are drowning in student loan debt; if you took out a Plus loan, you might be among the many people 60 and over – grandparents and parents – who are carrying their share of student loan debt. Click here to read some useful tips for managing that debt.

Lower your stroke risk. Research published last week suggests that for every additional seven grams of fiber you consume, our risk of stroke goes down seven percent – but most people in the U.S. are only getting half of what they need in dietary fiber – ie: those fruits and veggies. Click here to read more.

Your Sunday LOL

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Happy clicking, and enjoy your Sunday!


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