From news you can use to finds you might love, click through our picks from the week online.
For those who rock…
After he was diagnosed with dementia at age 61, AC/DC guitarist Malcom Young left the band that he founded 40 years ago. He was having trouble remembering songs and riffs that he himself had written. In honor of those songs and riffs, Brazilian radio station 89FM has compiled clips of fellow dementia patients reminiscing about rock ‘n roll and blissfully rocking out to Young’s music. “Malcolm,” the video offers, “these are real people who suffer from diseases like yours. Most of their memories have disappeared. And you see, while listening to your riffs, what they clearly forgot was their dementia…. Your music will always be stronger than your disease.” Watch this moving video. #unforgettableriffs
A musical experiment in intergenerational living
A retirement home in Cleveland is making some sweet music – literally and figuratively. At Judson Manor, graduate music students get free housing in exchange for playing concerts for and with their older neighbors. Besides the concerts, the intergenerational residents develop strong bonds to one another, meeting each other’s families and share recipes. “When I tell people I’m living in a retirement home, they think I’m joking,” says 25-year old Tiffany Tieu, a violinist from Atlanta “The people of Judson have had amazing careers, amazing experiences. It’s inspiring and humbling.” To read more about Judson Manor, click here.
Seniors armed with tablets are becoming citizen scientists
Cities are learning what they need to do to become age-friendly (see our article about age-friendly cities); now they just have to figure out how to put that knowledge into action. Enter the Stanford Healthy Neighborhood Discovery Tool, a customized tablet paired with a wearable camera that lets citizens – primarily seniors – document thier neighborhoods’ walkability and safety as they walk. Last week, the tool won an award for excellence from the Center for Active Design. Information input by the “citizen scientists” can be passed along to city planners, cluing them in to what needs fixing or improvement. The tool also lets users record their narratives and photographs. To read more about the project, click here. Read more about the award here.
Hats off to another senior graduate
A few weeks ago, we reported on Marie Hunt, who finally got her high school diploma at age 103. This week, congrats are in order for Anthony Brutto. At 94, he was one of the oldest graduates in the history of West Virginia University when he received his Regents Bachelor of Arts degree on May 17. Brutto enrolled at WVU in 1939, but in ’42 the war interrupted his education. After serving in the Army Air Corps, Brutto worked in a local cement plant, then re-enrolled in 1946 to complete his degree – but had to drop out to take care of his ill wife. When he finally made it back to campus, the university’s RBA program allowed him to gain credit for work and life experience – which includes several post-retirement years of wood sculpting and jewelry making; he sells his work in galleries and stores as far afield as Chicago. To read more about Brutto’s story, click here.
A “dating” site for computer shoppers
Staples has launched an online tool that helps consumers find the right Windows-based computer, tablet or hybrid. Need something just for email and browsing? Looking to edit photos too? Prefer touch screen? Match. Maybe Staples will think about adding a question about age, too; we’d love recommendations to include larger-screen and/or accessible options. Read more here or go straight to the tool here.
When I’m 64…
Cut Video recently invited a soon-to-be-married couple to peek far into their futures together. With the help of a team of make-up artists, Cut aged the couple in stages and let them see each other as their faces changed, all the way to age 90. Get ready for strong emotions. And if you want to set them right on their answers to questions that the crew asks them (“Will you still be sexually active?”), leave your comments on YouTube.
Bernie Sanders, Facebook royalty
At 73, Bernie Sanders is part of the fastest growing demographic on Facebook, according to the Pew Internet Project. But unlike your typical Presidential candidate, Sanders writes his own posts, many of which are way longer than what Facebook recommends and nevertheless receive thousands of “like”s and shares. How does he come up with them? According to the NY Times, in the shower. Read more about Bernie “social media” Sanders and what makes him such a hit on Facebook here.
After decades, an art star finally
A couple of years ago, the media was on fire over new art star Yayoi Kusama. The Japanese artist had been working for decades, and was suddenly making a big splash in her 80s. Now another artist who’s been working away for the past 50-odd years is gaining art world celebrity. If you were plugged into the ’70s avant-garde scene, you’ll know the name Joan Jonas, but few others have heard of the sculptor turned video artist – until now. Jonas is the wunderkind of this year’s Venice Biennale, and suddenly the media is all over her. “Performance art is a young person’s sport, most often pursued in heat, often accompanied by sensationalism and abandoned as stamina fades,” the NY Times writes. “But, at 78, Joan Jonas has avoided all of the above, quietly but determinedly elaborating performance into an immersive multimedia art form.” Read more here and watch a Jonas performance video below.
Google’s self driving car to hit public streets this summer!
We were happy to see several older drivers among those whom Google last year invited to try out its self driving car (watch the video here) – clearly the tech giant understands the implications of a driverless auto for seniors who don’t feel as safe behind the wheel. Last week, the company announced that its cars will be ready to start cruising the streets of Mountain View, CA this summer. Read more on the Google Blog.
Meet the U.S.’s oldest vet – who smokes 12 cigars a day
World War II vet Richard Overton is America’s oldest-living veteran. At almost 109 years old, he still smokes a dozen cigars a day and loves his whiskey. “I’ve been smoking cigars since I was 18 years old,” he told ABC. “I have over $100 worth of cigars now.” His birthday was on May 11, but the city of Austin threw him an early celebration with burgers, milkshakes and, of course, cigars. Overton has no idea why he’s lived so long, but says that he keeps busy and never watches TV. To read more about Overton, click here.
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