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Caitlin O'Toole

#RaisingHell at Senior Planet

Hell was officially raised on December 11th at OATS’ flagship Senior Planet Exploration Center in New York City.  OATS welcomed a panel of five seasoned activists for their special #RaisingHell: 50 Years of Activism event. Organized by Isabel Magnus, Manager, Civic Engagement and Advocacy for OATS, the event brought together “hell-raisers” who discussed how the…

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#RaisingHell: A Conversation With Carmen Gilda

If you’re a TV, radio, or movie buff, you may have heard of Gilda Mirós. The 80-year-old trailblazer has been an inspiring fixture in film and broadcasting for some 50 years. An award-winning veteran of Latin American broadcasting in the United States, she went to Vietnam as a presenter with the USO during the Vietnam War.…

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Meet the Member: Muriel Beach

Senior Planet member Muriel Beach has been an activist for 70 years. She’s fought for civil rights, women’s rights, gay rights, human rights, equal pay, and health care. She’s fought for protecting Medicare and Medicaid, protested the Vietnam War, and helped AIDS patients when others wouldn’t. More recently, the 90-year-old trailblazer has devoted her time…

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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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