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Annette Witheridge

Why Barbara Taylor Bradford won’t retire

Barbara Taylor Bradford was 39 when her debut novel, “A Woman of Substance,” became a runaway success. Now 85, she’s just published her 33rd book – the first in a planned trilogy set in Victorian England – and has no plans to retire. “I work because I love it,” she tells Senior Planet. “What would…

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Online Investing…in Rock and Roll?

…And we’re not just talking vinyl. Older musicians, songwriters, producers and their families are selling off royalties to fund retirements – and investors are snapping up the rights hoping for a stream of regular income. With streaming services giving the once-ailing music business a major boost, buying and selling royalties has suddenly become big business…and…

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Entrepreneur Fair

Senior Entrepreneurs

Although entrepreneurs in their teens or twenties get all the attention, a recent US Census Bureau study reveals that 60-year-olds are three times as likely to found a successful start-up than people half their age. The ability to raise funds and actually turn a good idea into reality plays a big part, but there’s a special…

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A boundary-breaking baseball game, 63 years later

  In 1955 two groups of 12-year-old boys made history when they ignored segregation and adult prejudice to play the first integrated Little League baseball game in the South.  Now a new documentary, “Long Time Coming: a 1955 Baseball Story,” looks back at the groundbreaking game and reunites the opposing players for the first time…

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Q&A: Dancer Naomi Goldberg Haas

As a classically trained ballet dancer expected to watch her figure constantly, Naomi Goldberg Haas went on tour with a modern vaudeville act and was delighted to see people of all shapes and sizes on stage. She set up Dances for a Variable Population (learn more here),  a non-profit multigenerational dance company, in 2005 when she…

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Dancing through life: Martha Halas

When grandmother Martha Halas decided to “unlearn” everything she’d been told growing up, she had no idea it would put her on the music map and earn her a starring role in singer-songwriter Jackie Greene’s latest video.  The three-time cancer survivor started dancing alone at her local restaurant on Florida’s Gulf Coast five years ago.…

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Aging with Attitude: Zandra Rhodes

Ask iconic fashion designer Zandra Rhodes for her beauty secrets and she bursts out laughing. “I never take my make-up off before I go to bed. When I wake up I wash my face and put more on,” the 77-year-old says. Rhodes, who has dressed everyone from Elizabeth Taylor and Jackie Onassis to Debbie Harry…

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Alida Rubin’s Makeover Mission

Stylist Alida Rubin believes a little bit of lipstick goes a long way, so she’s using her cosmetic skills to give women in residential senior centers complimentary makeovers. After treating her dementia-suffering mother to a beauty session – and witnessing the joy on her face and the delight of staff and other residents at her…

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Film at…79

When actress and broadcaster Carmen Gilda decided to re-start her career at the age of 77, after spending 15 years caring full-time for her parents, she signed up for filmmaking classes at Manhattan Neighborhood Network, the nation’s largest community media center (learn more here). Gilda, known professionally as Gilda Miros, initially worried she wouldn’t be…

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Seniors star in Annie Hall remake

(Left to right)  Recreating the tennis scene from “Annie Hall” are Earl Thompson (Rob), Shula Chernick (Annie Hall), Sheila Flaxman ( Janet), Harry Miller (Alvy Singer). Photo by Jeremy Cohen. When Millennial Matt Starr decided to remake Woody Allen’s classic ‘Annie Hall’ using seniors, the last thing he expected to gain was a surrogate grandfather…but Starr’s…

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