From news you can use to finds you might love, click through our picks from the week online.
D-Day escapee Bernard Jordan was leading a quiet life in a retirement home in the British coastal town of Hove – until last week. Now he’s all over the news – he’s the WW2 vet who ran away to France to join in last week’s 70th-anniversary D-Day commemorations. Jordan left The Pines in the morning wearing a raincoat over his medals and headed for the station, where he caught a train to meet a busload of other veterans headed to the events. Staff at The Pines, meanwhile had contacted the police; according to Britain’s Daily Mail, they were “extremely worried – for them it was a bit like having a missing child.” Well, it seems that Jordan had a ball and lived to tell his story to the Mail. “I can be very secretive when I want to be and when I set my mind to do something, I do it. This is what us Normandy veterans are like,” he told the paper. Click here to read the whole story.
Don’t trust Dr. Wikipedia If you’re online, chances are you sometimes look up symptoms on the Internet – it’s one of the most common online practices. But if you’re using Wikipedia to diagnose yourself, listen up: A new study that compared results on the crowd-sourced information site with peer-reviewed medical literature found that Wikipedia is wrong 99 percent of the time. Read about the study on Forbes.com, read Senior Planet’s article, “How Accurate Is That Online Diagnosis?” and check out our “Top 8 eHealth resources.”
Musicians with staying power The Rolling Stones have been a center of “they still rock” attention – but they’re not the only ones who’ve made music – and developed musically – for more than 40 years. Last week, Alternet.org decided to zero in on a few feature-worthy acts who are, or were, still great after four decades, including Emmylou Harris, Duke Ellington, Sun Ra and Don Williams. Click here to read about all 11 artists and watch early- and late-career videos.
Finally! Developers are starting to think more creatively about housing options for a new generation of seniors – people now in their mid-60s and younger who don’t want to move to the sun belt, who plan to stay active and possibly to continue working, and who don’t want to live in age-demarcated communities. Read about some of the thinking in a recent New York Times article by clicking here.
Dementia – the life within Henry Oppenheim started to show symptoms of dementia in his early 70s and eventually lost the ability to do anything but feed himself – but his family says he never lost the will to live, thanks largely to the way his his wife, Adele, kept his mind alive. Oppenheimer’s daughter tells the story on Next Avenue; his son made the film below – a tribute to Adele’s skillful generosity and a close look at how she playfully entertained Henry’s alternate reality (including his imaginary mistress), as well as tapping into his interests. (Also read our article “Alive Inside: the Remarkable Story of Alzheimer’s and iPods“)
Coming soon from Apple… Imagine if you rely on Siri – Apple’s mobile personal assistant – to dim the lights, turn off the TV and lock the door when you tell her you’re going to bed. Well, you might be able to do just that with Apple’s HomeKit, a new technology that the company is expected to introduce later this year. Click here to learn more about HomeKit and also HealthKit, which combines data from all your health apps and wearable fitness devices (if you actually have any).
This Week’s Humans of New York One of our favorite blogs featured this NYC couple – enjoy.
“He’s always supported a sense of independence in me.”
“How has he done that?”
“By letting me do what I damn well please.”
Here’s to that New York attitude!
Who retires at 62? Forbes explores the question.
Bilingualism benefits the aging brain. A new study shows how – and how much.
The 10 best apps to train your brain – according to the Huffington Post