Apple, Microsoft to give 5M iPads to seniors – and more from the week online


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

A feel-good photo goes viral

Everyone is loving this photo from across the pond of 18-year-old Christian Trousedale, a stock assistant at a grocery store.

Fixed Shopping

It was Trousedale’s second time helping 95-year-old Bob Molloy to get home. A shop worker across the way saw the pair, took a picture and shared it on social media; more than 275,000 people across the world “liked” it. Now, Trousedale even goes to visit Molloy at his home. Could this be the start of a beautiful friendship? To read more, click here.

iPads for seniors

Apple and IBM have joined forces to give up to 5 million iPads to seniors in Japan over the next five years. The iPads will be loaded with apps designed for older users – including a medication reminder app, exercise and diet trackers, and an online grocery shopping service – as well as social media apps like Facebook. The goals: Help seniors connect online with family and healthcare providers, and collect health data for experts. The program will work with the Japanese postal service’s “Watch Over” initiative, in which postal workers, for a monthly fee, check in on older people on behalf of their families. The postal workers will help set up the iPads and show seniors how to use them. In announcing the initiative, Apple CEO Tim Cook said the program could roll out in the U.S. and other countries in the future. Click here to read more.

Tried the website? It could have unexpected consequences.

A website that Microsoft launched as a demonstration of its new face-detection software went unexpectedly viral last week. Just two hours after the team that built the site asked a couple of hundred people to try it, 39,000 people had uploaded pictures to the site, which guesses your gender and how old you are  – clearly a hot topic. The results haven’t proved to be very accurate, but the biggest problem, it turns out, is Microsoft’s policy on image use. Somebody read the fine print and discovered that by uploading your image to the site, you are giving the company permission to use it in any way it likes, including in advertisements. Watch the video about and read more about it on Fast Company. (To read our article about a more serious site, Face My Age, which estimates biological aging based on photographs that you upload, click here.)



Create your own retirement community

Forget assisted living: New residential models for old age are taking shape as a new generation of seniors looks for solutions that are self-controlled. Among them is the cohousing model – retirement communities designed and run by the people who live in them, with common areas, optional shared meals and mutual support. took a look at how these work, who they work for best and how to get started creating your own cohousing community. Among the lessons learned: Don’t wait until you need assistance! To read more, click here.

108 + 105 = 213. Happy Birthday!

The press was all over it when Duranord Veillard turned 108 this past Feburary.  On May 1 his wife, Jeanne Veillard, turned 105, making their combined age 213. The Rockland County, New York couple has been married for 82 years. According to the couple’s family, they both are very sharp, exercise daily and say the secret to a long life is God. The couple meet in Haiti, where Duranord was a judge; he emigrated to the U.S. in the 60s, and Jeanne followed. The couple has five children, 12 grandchildren and 14 great-grandchildren. Happy Birthday, Jeanne! To read more about the couple, click here.

Duranord couple

The MIND Diet is strongly linked to a reduced risk of Alzheimer’s

Researchers at the Rusk Institute Medial Center in Chicago have tested a diet that uses elements of the Mediterranean and DASH (for high blood pressure) diets, but places an extra emphasis on “brain-healthy” foods like dark leafy greens and berries. The result: Researchers say that subjects who followed the diet for four-and-a-half years reduced their risk of developing Alzheimers by 53 percent, and even those who didn’t follow it strictly reduced their risk by 35 percent. The diet calls for a twice-weekly serving of berries and a daily dose of greens. Read more here.

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Nepal Quake: A Google Earth Tour

We’ve heard the reports, we’ve seen it on TV, but it’s hard to get a true sense of the scale of destruction in Nepal or its context. The video below, created by the team, adds both by mixing news footage with imagery from Google Earth. The team used both Google Earth’s “flyover” function – a birds-eye view across distances – with its street view. Watch:

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Unemployed, underemployed, sick of your job. Next?

Here’s a new reason to write your life story: Use it to figure out how to change careers post-60. Instead of tweaking your resume and looking for the next job in your field, look at what your life so far says about your strengths and interests, then look at jobs that fit. USA Today talked to several experts and career-changing seniors to come up with recommendations for how to go about a rethink. Read more about it here.

Searching for family on the Internet

Her parents were gone, she was an only child and she had no family left – so she went looking for blood relatives online. In this moving story, Senior Planet writer Erica Manfred tells what happened when she tracked down her father’s estranged brother and his family and took a trip to Detroit to meet them. The moral of the story? Don’t bear grudges. Read the story on Purple Clover.


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