92-year-old says arrest was “a catharsis” – and more from the week online


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

Why one man is extra happy about the new FDA ruling on trans fats

Health officials and doctors are celebrating the FDA’s decision last week to eliminate artificial trans fats from the U.S. food supply. But perhaps no one has more reason to celebrate than 102 year-old Fred Kimmerow. The university of Illinois professor has been warning about the dangers of trans fats for nearly six decades. In fact Kimmerow, a lipid biochemist, was the first to discover the relationship between trans fat and heart disease in the 1950s. Read the rest of his story here (and watch the video below). Plus, learn about a new study that suggests trans fat may hurt memory, too.

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No regrets about being arrested: “It was a catharsis”

A blind 92-year-old woman was arrested along with her son in Denton, Texas. The two were protesting a local law that nullified a voter-approved ban on fracking. “This is not about my age. This is about my vote,” Violet Palmer told local news station NBCDFW. And she told CW33, “It was a catharsis for me because I was finally doing something.” Read more at

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In other seniors-protesting news…

New York’s rent-stabilization law has expired. The law limits rent increases in about one million apartments throughout NYC and protects about two million tenants from being evicted. Tenants and their advocates – including many seniors – have been protesting (and getting arrested), insisting that the laws be reinstated as well as fixed. “If we don’t end vacancy decontrol, in another ten years, there’ll be virtually no rent-stabilized apartments left,” said demonstrator Arlene Geiger, 67, an adjunct professor at John Jay College who lives in a rent-stabilized apartment on the Upper West Side. To read more on this developing story, click here. The NYC public advocate has set up a hotline for tenants facing illegal eviction as a result of the law’s expiration. Click here to learn about upcoming protests.


It’s Etsy vs. Kickstarter…

Have a great idea for a handmade item that you think people would love to buy? Then your life just got easier, thanks to the launch of Fund, Etsy’s new crowdfunding platform. Etsy, the popular marketplace for homemade gifts, unleashed Fund last week; the platform works much like other crowdfounding sites out there – most notably Kickstarter. Fund on Etsy will run as a pilot program in the U.S. until August 16. If it goes well, Fund will live on. Read more on Fast Company by clicking here.

In this week’s Oops news …

The LA Times reports that many of the federal government’s computers that were hit by Chinese hackers for sensitive information on employees were not encrypted. Worse still, many of the machines didn’t even have hacker-detection software on them. The Office of Personnel Management’s top technology officer, Donna Seymour, told Congress that many of the computers holding everything from Social Security numbers to medical histories can’t be encrypted because they are simply too old. Oh vey! To read more, click here. The Grey Agency – it’s not just a name Britain’s Daily Telegraph is excited about a modeling agency called Grey – as in the hair color. The Gray Agency specializes in booking older models, and it seems its time has come. “There’s money to be made from grown-up, grey models who are comfortable in their skin and happy with who they are.” Agency founder Rebecca Valentine told the Telegraph, “The older generations of women are represented either as blue-rinse old ladies in insurance adverts or completely eccentric characters but that is changing” as brands start to realize that they have to be pro- rather than anti-aging. Read the story of Frances Dunscombe, who at 82 was accompanying her daughter Tineka Fox to an agency appointment and was spotted by the talent scout. Now, mother and daughter are working together.


10,000 (steps) is a magic number for health and longevity! Or is it?

If you’ve been following the fitness guidelines, you’ll know that you should aim to take 1,000 steps a day, whether that’s jogging, walking on the treadmill or just walking around town buying groceries. In fact, so the 10K number is so well known that Fitbit and other fitness trackers have set that number as the default goal for wearers. How did health experts agree on this number? Turns out, it might be because of something that said at the 1964 Tokyo Olympics. Pedometers became all the range around that time, and since then 10,000 steps has become a commonly acknowledged goal for daily fitness across the world. But it’s not set in stone. Recently, experts have conceded that just 7,000 steps a day might qualify you as a moderately active person. Read more here.

Coming soon: a robot for your bedside

Meet Mabu, a cute robot that’s designed to help patients with chronic diseases. Developed by Catalia Health, Mabu reminds patients when to take medicines and also provides feedback to their doctors based on how the patient looks and responds. But Mabu is more than a machine (well…); she knows how to make good eye contact and, over time, learns your personality so she can engage you in good conversations. Mabu’s main goal in life is to help doctors manage large groups of patients with chronic diseases like diabetes, arthritis, cancer and heart disease. The robot should be on the market by the end of the year. Welcome to the future! To read more about Mabu, click here.

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Introducing the world’s newest oldest person

A 115-year-old Brooklyn resident who eats four strips of bacon every day at breakfast and likes high-end lace lingerie is now the world’s oldest person. Susannah Mushatt Jones was confirmed as the world’s oldest person  by the Gerontology Research Group – and she couldn’t believe it. Read more about Jones here.

Belgian city introduces text-walking lanes

Text-walking – it’s a dangerous habit for texters and non-texters alike. How many times have you almost collided with someone who’s starting down at their smartphone while they’re heading in your direction – or maybe you’ve hit a streetlight while you’re texting. Following in the, um, footsteps of some other cities – including Washington DC – the Belgian capital of Antwerp has just introduced special lanes for texters in its busiest areas. Next up, your city?


Why some seniors are upset at Jed Bush

Apparently, seniors were upset when Jeb Bush announced his run for the White House -because he wasn’t wearing a suit and tie. Read more (and be sure to check out the comments) on Then share your own thoughts in the comments section below.

Updating the Lifeline program for the Internet age

The Lifeline Program is getting a modern update. The program – a subsidy that helps low-income consumers pay for phone service – may expand to help pay for broadband connections, too. But wait: Applicants will have to pick whether to apply the subsidy to landline or mobile service. And it’s by household, not by individual. Still, an expansion of the program would signal an acknowledgement by the FCC that today, broadband service truly is a basic utility.  To read more about how this service would be funded, click here.


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