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Caitlin O'Toole

Senior Planet teams up to fight Alzheimer’s

Great strides are being made every day in the fight against Alzheimer’s disease, the sixth leading cause of death in the United States. Earlier this year, a team of scientists at the Gladstone Institutes made a huge breakthrough. They discovered the cause of — and a potential solution for — the primary genetic risk factor…

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Senior Planet reaches out

It’s mid-afternoon in the computer lab at the Queensbridge Riis Senior Center in Queens, one of the five boroughs of New York City. Ms. Ann, a 69-year-old woman with a beautiful smile, is at one of the computers, completely immersed in her work. It’s hard to believe that just two years ago — during a…

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Meet the Member: Miriam J. Allen

If you’re ever lost on the subway in Moscow, Miriam Allen’s a good person to know. That’s because the 61-year-old self-described lifelong learner studied the Cyrillic alphabet so she could read menus, street signs, and use public transportation when she visited Russia.  She also speaks French and Spanish. Up until last year, however, technology was…

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Senior Artists at MoMA

Senior visitors to The Museum of Modern Art’s Prime Time: Keeping in Touch (until April 10) can see some innovative artworks…and they can register on April 3 to take a unique workshop and create their own to hang on its walls next time. Thanks to Prime Time, a unique program of MoMA, Senior Planet members (along with…

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Get digitally savvy – for free

Seniors are becoming more and more digitally connected, according to the Pew Institute, which reported in 2017 that 67% of adults over 65 use the internet and around four in ten adults in the same age group own smartphones. Embracing new technology, however, can be scary; some studies say only 18 percent of those over…

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