From news you can use to finds you might love, click through our picks from the week online.
Finally, a high school diploma
At 103-years-old, Marie Hunt of Wisconsin may be the oldest person to ever receive her high school diploma. The centenarian was presented with an honorary degree by River Valley High School 87 years after her fellow classmates graduated. Hunt was forced to drop out of high school when she was unable to find a way to commute to and from class, and spent her years helping to raise her eight younger siblings instead. She may try college classes next. Way to go Marie!
Medicare reform just passed the senate…but will it help?
This past Tuesday, the Senate overwhelmingly approved a bipartisan bill to change the way Medicare pays physicians. The legislation incentivizes Medicare to pay doctors based not on quantity of care but on quality – how well patients in their care do – as well as allowing an annual increase in payments to physicians. High-income seniors will pay for part of the costs by covering more of their Medicare costs and assuming basic co-payments in Medigap plans. Critics say the bill won’t change much – and could make things worse. Read about the bill at LATimes.com and read the Wall Street Journal’s critical analysis here.
A runner’s inspiring story
The most noteworthy thing about 84-year-old Sylvia Weiner isn’t that she has run some 75 marathons in her life and in 1975, the year when the Boston Marathon first recognized master’s-division winners, she claimed the title. What’s most noteworthy about Weiner is the role that running plays in her life. “Without running, my life would have slipped into some bad times,” she says. Three decades before her Boston victory, Weiner was a child in Auschwitz, where she befriended – and lost – Anne Frank. (Weiner didn’t realize who her friend had been until, years later, she saw Frank’s photo on the cover of “The Diary of a Young Girl.”) One of the few survivors, Weiner later moved to Montreal, married and had three children, but suffered emotionally from her camp experience – until she discovered running. Today, it continues to keep her spirits high. Read more about Weiner’s remarkable journey at Runner’s World.
How to overcome the fear of career change…
An expert on careers in later life, Nancy Collamer says fear is the biggest obstacle that we face when considering a change of direction. In this video, she offers some tips on how to manage this fear by, for example, creating a new supportive network and accepting that it’s OK to feel scared.
Wanted: new inventions to help seniors stay mobile
Edison Nation Medical is on the hunt for new product ideas that can help seniors stay mobile and independent – and the company isn’t just asking designers; it’s open to ideas from us all. The best ideas from the public eight-week search will be presented to major medical manufacturing partners for potential commercialization. Products can range from walker, canes, lifts, kitchen safety and support bars – whatever can help. Submit ideas now thought May, 28 by filling out the form here.
Rejoice! 60 really is the new 50 (scientists say)
If definitions matter to you, then listen up: a new study by the International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis in Austria and Stony Brook University says that age 60 – even 65 – should be redefined as middle-aged. “We found that when the speed of life expectancy increase was faster, the new measures of aging increase more slowly,” study co-author Warren Sanderson says. In other words, as life expectancy rates grow, older people are “younger” in terms of health and life engagement when compared to prior generations. Watch the video below or click here to read more about the study.
Age is not an issue, pregnant 65-year-old woman says
The Internet exploded with sensationalized news about 65-year-old Annegret Raunigk, who is set to give birth to quadruplets after undergoing artificial insemination. Raunigk, who has 13 children and seven grandchildren, says she feels fit and ready to care for her quadruplets; she told the Guardian that she was finding it “‘quite a strain battling against the cliches’ as to what she should and should not be capable of at her age” and pointed out that science has enabled her to get pregnant – so she’s decided to do so. To read more about Raunigk, click here. Then tell us in the comments section below, what are your thoughts on Raunigk’s pregnancy?
Are you a longterm marijuana smoker? Share your story.
In her new book “Just Say Yes: A Marijuana Memoir,” Catherine Hiller challenges assumptions about the affects of longterm marijuana use by describing a lifetime of toking. Hiller first smoked in the early 1960s, has had the same dealer for 35 years and has had a successful life. She wants readers to share their stories on her website, marijuanamemoir.com; these stories,m she hopes, might eventually lead to broad changes in the law. To read more, click here.
Airbnb has launched in Cuba
AirBnB – the site that connects people who have spare rooms with those who need a place to stay – has expanded to dozens of countries, and last week it opened Cuba. Most Cubans having no easy access to the Internet, but Airbnb was able to beat U.S. hotel chains to the Havana market by tapping into a network of middlemen who have been linking tourists to the country’s many small B&Bs. Read more in this in-depth article at Fast Company. (Click here to read our article about AirBnB.)
Sex, dementia and a charge of rape…
Can a person with dementia say yes to sex and mean it? That question is being debated when it comes to the case of 78 year-old Republican state legislator Henry Rayhons, who is charged with third-degree felony sexual abuse after being accused of having sex with his wife in a nursing home, eight days after staff members there told him they believed she was mentally unable to consent. The Rayhons were said to have a loving marriage, and Mr. Rayhons claims his wife, who has since died, still asked for sex. Read more about the opinions surrounding this case, at NYTimes.com.
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“Everywhere you looked there was this marvelous spirit of decorating the body.” Bill Cunningham celebrates the arrival of spring and remembers his first encounter with the flower children of the 60s, who invented anything-goes fashion.