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Retirees build themselves a Radio Flyer car, a 117th birthday – and more from the week online

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From news you can use to finds you might love, click through our picks from the week online.

And the award for most fun (and functional) retirement project goes to…

Fred Keller and Judy Foster always turn heads (and get smiles) when they ride their 1979 Mazda pickup truck around town. That’s because they’ve converted it into a giant Radio Flyer wagon-convertible, pull handle and all. Keller worked building airplanes before retiring, so he knew how to make a roadworthy vehicle. The project took about a year. The most frequent comment that their custom ride gets? “Awesome!” Read more about the car and other Radio Flyer cars here.

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Older brains are more similar to younger brains than we thought

Our brains clearly change, as we get older. However, it seems that plaque build-up that can cause dementia is not neuronal activity but from vascular (blood vessel) changes instead. Click here to read more.

What’s the secret to a long life? It might be sushi.

Japanese centenarian Misao Okawa turned 117 this week, making her the world’s oldest living person. Misao claims not to know the secret to a long life, but says that her favorite food is sushi. According to Guinness Book of World Records, Japan holds the world record for most centenarians per capita. Happy Birthday, Misao! Read more about Misao here.

 The smartest ideas for aging in place

Planning to stay put as you grow older? Most of us will need a little help making that work for us – and we’re not talking grab bars. The Huffington Post rounded up the top eight aging in place ideas – initiatives that are underway in various communities and that could be replicated where you live. Among them: The Bernard Osher Foundation’s Lifelong Learning Institutes, which make it easier for retirees to keep their brains active; the Food For Free programs in Cambridge Massachusetts, which deliver not meals but healthy foods that seniors can cook for themselves, including fresh produce; and the organization Doctors Making Housecalls, which sends clinicians to to homes in North Carolina. Read the rest of the list here.

Grandma is guilt-tripping New Yorkers – on the sides of buses

From “man-splaying” to bus The MTA thinks that telling commuters that their “grandma is watching,” will cause better bus etiquette. The ads read “Offer your seat to an elderly, disabled or pregnant person. Not only is it the right thing to do, but you’ll make your grandmother proud,” and will be rolled out on New York City’s 4,600 local buses over the next two months. Read more about the campaign here.

What a week for Hillary and her smartphone

Hillary Clinton’s habit of using her personal email account to conduct official Secretary of State business made headlines last week, with some saying that her personal email might be more secure than the state.gov email account, which has been comprised in the past. Regardless, one thing is for sure: Hillary is one senior who loves her smartphone. Check out this fun photo essay on Hillary’s love affair with her Blackberry.

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One bar’s fight against ageism

Next time you’re in Barcelona, pay Entrepanez Diaz a visit. The bar’s owner, Kim Diaz, wanted to create an old-school 1950s ambiance and decided to only hire waiters who were around during that decade – but not just for their retro cred. “I was looking for waiters who are over 50 because I knew they’d be fantastic and because society has unjustly pushed them out of the job market,” Diaz told The Guardian. To read more about Diaz and older workers in the service industry, click here.

Old Technology: Customer service complaint circa 1750 B.C.

How often have you wished you could just punch in some numbers and get connected to a helpful customer service rep instead of dealing with phone trees or online email forms? Consider yourself lucky. A few thousand years ago, you would have had to use the old-fashioned version of an iPad – a stone tablet – and chisel you complaint. The site Laughing Squid last week featured the Babylonian customer service complaint below, which concerns the delivery of an inferior grade of copper ore. A Redditor (a member of the community site Reddit) translated the message, which goes something like this: “When you came, you said to me as follows: ‘I will give Gimil-Sin (when he comes) fine quality copper ingots.’ You left then but you did not do what you promised me. You put ingots which were not good before my messenger (Sit-Sin) and said: ‘If you want to take them, take them; if you do not want to take them, go away!’ What do you take me for, that you treat somebody like me with such contempt?… Click here to read the whole translation.

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Trending on Twitter: #EncourageEveryoneIn4Words

There’s more than one way to see what’s trending (aka popular) on Twitter. One of the easiest ways is the Discover page. Located at the top of the Twitter dashboard is an icon that reads #Discover; simply click on it to see what people are tweeting about right now – it’s usually a hot news story, but once in a while someone comes up with a novel idea that goes viral. Last week, one of our favorite trends was #EncourageEveryoneIn4Words. The hashtag’s goal was to get people sharing their pithy pieces of inspiration in four-word tweets, creating an outpouring of encouragement. Check out all the creative tweets here.

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