Linky Sunday: The Latest on Diet & Stroke Risk, Seniors & Facebook…

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.


Strokes in the family. We’ve written about the health benefits of the Mediterranean diet (click here to read). Now a study published last week suggests that the diet – especially rich in olive oil, almonds and fish – can counteract a genetic risk of stroke. This is the first study to identify a gene-diet interaction affecting stroke.  The nutrition intervention trial was carried out over a number of years in thousands of men and women in Spain. Read more about the study by clicking here.

Memory boosters. The website Mental Floss gave us “11 Simple Ways to Improve Your Memory.” These aren’t about ‘senior moments’ – they’re as relevant for teens cramming for the SATs as they are for seniors learning new things. Among the tips: Concentrate for eight seconds on a new piece of info, because that’s the amount of time it takes for something to move from short- to long-term memory; and use a stress ball, because clenching your fist helps you recall information. Fascinating! Click here to read all eight.

Are you on Facebook? A new Pew Internet study shows that 43 percent of Internet users age 65 and over are now using social media sites like Facebook and Twitter – that’s up from 13 percent in 2009. Most of this activity is on Facebook; only five percent of seniors use Twitter – up just one percent since 2010, although Twitter use has doubled across age groups in that period. Click here to see the full Pew report and here to read a Senior Planet article about why Twitter might make sense for you.

Is your grandkid still on Facebook? If you joined Facebook to connect with younger family members, you might be in for a surprise. According to Mashable, teens are turning their backs on Facebook as adults – and older adults – start using it. So, what’s the new place to hang out socially online? You might have to master Snapchat or Instagram. Click here to find out where else the young ‘uns are migrating to.

The family jewels. Changing Aging blogger Ronni Bennet asked an interesting question: Especially if we’re not connected to brother and sisters, nieces and nephews, how can we keep our boxes of family photos safe for posterity so they don’t end up someday in someone’s (digital?) yard sale. Ronni is crowdsourcing for answers; click here to read her thoughtful blog post and the solutions that readers have contributed.

How strong are your passwords? The tech site for women, Techlicious, reported on a Carnegie Mellon study that says the longer the better; in fact, the main factor determining password safety is length. Click here to read more about the latest on strong passwords.  (And read Senior Planet’s tech Tip on how to create – and remember – strong passwords by clicking here.)

Designs for aging We wrote about the ideas that people all over the world are coming up with for the Open IDEO Healthy Aging Challenge (click here). Now a team from the IDEO design community – including senior members – is brainstorming age-friendly design solutions. Click here to see what they’re noodling on; we’ll report on final results when they’re released in the fall.

How reliable are online reviews? We’re increasingly likely to consult consumer reviews on sites like Amazon when we’re looking to buy, say, a new camera or blender. But online user reviews aren’t always the best guide to a product’s quality, according to research published last week on Smart Planet. That’s because of the fallability of the “wisdom of crowds” – the tendency of one person to influence the opinions of many. Click here to read more.

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