From news you can use to links you might love, we’ve curated the best from the week online for seniors.
Guess Who Died
Norman Lear — he’s the King of TV, right? With shows like “All in the Family” and “The Jeffersons,” Lear made tough social issues and everyday challenges palatable by adding a classic comedy frame. And he’s not finished. At 93, Lear says TV needs to explore the lives of older people — so he’s written a script set in a senior living residence and he’s calling it “Guess Who Died.” He talked to Mo Rocca about it.
Things They Said
“Strength? You should see my silly, little, old lady biceps but I can lift those 20-pound kitty litter containers one-handed, and you sure wouldn’t want me to kick you.” —Ronni Bennett blogging at Time Goes By (read her post on the indisputable connection between exercise and good health into old age)
Brava to @carrieffisher for standing up for the radical notion that women have the right to get older! Youth is temporary, diva is forever.
— Bette Midler (@BetteMidler) January 2, 2016
Library classes in the arts are changing aging
Maura O’Malley had an idea: Use public libraries as venues for offering seniors arts programming. A veteran arts educator, she knew the research that shows that being engaged in the arts can boost our emotional, mental and physical well-being as we age. So she co-founded Lifetime Arts, which is now in 20 states and offers everything from tango and mask-making to poetry and theater, with each class taught by a practicing artist. Read more about Lifetime Arts at NextAvenue.com.
Tech will transform retirement (maybe)
There may be no better person to weight the rewards and risks of a tech-enabled old age than Joe Coughlin, director f MIT’s AgeLab. From smart homes that let you program everything via your mobile device, to senior dating sites, online learning and tele-medicine, the future is pretty much here, and Coughlin believes that if we can resolve privacy and cost issues, it will offer us a more exciting, more engaged retirement. What’s new and what’s coming up in aging tech, and what do we need to watch out for? Read about it at the Wall Street Journal
Octo- and Nanogenarians can’t agree on the secret to a long life
The New York Times asked its readers to interview someone 85 years and older about the secret to their long life. The answers are by turn comical and inspiring. Ninety-one-year-old Joyce M. Forney’s answer: “I eat healthy, walk my dog four times a day; I garden, sing, write a column, keep up with my dear family and friends….” Take a look at all the responses below or at NYTimes.com.
Older adults should become leaders of the environmental movement
If there’s something counter-intuitive in the idea that the people who have the least to risk from a rapidly changing climate should be the ones leading the environmental effort, then Stuart Greenbaum is all for it. In “Environmentalists Need to Grow Up,” Greenbaum says older adults have the experience to lead. But even more important, by getting actively involved in climate issues, seniors will help to change the way others see us. How can we start in this project of planet-saving and reputation-building? Greenbaum has 10 good ideas. Read them at Changing Aging
You’re never too old to have student loan debt
155,000 Americans 65 and older are having their Social Security checks garnished because they’ve defaulted on their student loans. In 2002, that number was 31,000. Yet the US government opposes bankruptcy relief for defaulters living on their Social Security checks of less than $800 a month. Read more about the senior student loan debt crisis and how it is not being addressed at CondemnedToDebt.org
Cheaper, non-prescription devices are changing the hearing aid landscape (bad news for audiologists)
They’re called PSAPs —AKA personal sound amplifiers — many let you adjust them via a smartphone app, and if your age related hearing loss is fairly mild and uncomplicated (you’re getting a little fed up with people mumbling at you), these may be your cheapest solution. Or you may even be able to manage with nothing more than a smartphone app that uses ear buds and your phone’s mic. Tech is changing the hearing aid landscape, offering new options to the one in four of us 75 and under (one in two over age 75) who have auditory issues. Read it at the Washington Post
Our circadian rhythms change as we age
That’s the finding of new research, which finds that our clocks lose rhythm as we grow older and helps to explain why we sleep for shorter bursts, may have poorer sleep and function better cognitively early in the day than later. The researchers were surprised by one thing: A specific type of internal clock rhythm actually increases with age. In further studies, they’ll be looking into whether this might be some type of compensatory clock— they hope they’ll their findings may help lead to treatments for cognitive and sleep problems. Read it at ScienceAlert.com
Linda Rodin says no to make-up
Beauty site Violet Grey profiled the silver-tressed former model, who started her own skin-care line at 60 after messing around with oils in her bathroom. Rodin talked about aging, Instagram and her style. On makeup for older women: “Personally, I think women who get older look better with no makeup. I have age spots and freckles, and I wish I didn’t but I do, so I just keep it really simple. Lipstick I learned about from my mom.” On her look: “I didn’t do it by design. My hair went gray and I never colored it; that never occurred to me. I can’t see, so I had to get glasses… and I look better in [lipstick] than not, at my age.” And on Instagram: “It’s just this crazy yellow brick road of following the most interesting images I would never see otherwise.” Read it at Violet Grey.
Entertainment Tech: Why streaming TV isn’t the same as TV — its a unique new form
(“Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee” is Jerry Seinfeld’s web series, in which he has coffee and chats with well known people — in this case, President Barack Obama.)