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The latest on new Medicare cards

To prevent fraud and fight identity theft, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has been distributing new Medicare cards that don’t have the beneficiaries’ Social Security numbers on them. Senior Planet asked for an update on the new cards; here’s the latest from Ray Hurd, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services Regional Administrator…

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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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Statement on Leaving No One Behind

The Gray Panthers (one of the few NGOs actively addressing the concerns of older people on the global stage, learn about them here) made a big impact at the United Nations recently. Sylvia Beales, renowned advocate for the rights of older persons as well as for social protection platforms in Africa and worldwide, represented The Gray…

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Prostate Cancer? Here’s how to beat the odds

If you’ve got a prostate, the statistics can sound pretty scary.  It’s the second leading cause of cancer death in men, right behind lung cancer. African-American men have about a 15 percent chance of developing prostate cancer in their lifetimes, compared to about a 10 percent chance for white men, and African-American men are more likely…

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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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Adventurous Aging in Pictures

  If a picture is worth a thousand words, this could be a book called “Aging with Attitude.” We scoured Pinterest for images of older people having a blast, being creative and doing exactly what they feel like doing, like….   Riding a skateboard around town This professor  became an internet sensation when he discovered skateboarding.…

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Vacation Rental Scams

By Ari Lazarus, FTC Plenty of us are still running around trying to book a last-minute vacation rental. If that’s you, here’s what you need to know: scammers are ready with fake vacation rental ads. Rental scammers try to get your rental booking and take your money. But, when you show up for the vacation,…

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Meet the Member: Michael Butler

 Michael Butler remembers playing a hard-fought tennis match during a winter indoor tennis session, gasping and straining as he returned ball after ball. Clearly something was wrong. After resting over the weekend, he saw his doctor. Taking one look at him, his physician sent him immediately to the ER.  Seven hours of intensive testing later, Butler…

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Bulletin Board: Take part in a survey

From time to time, Senior Planet receives requests from casting agencies, research groups and others looking for help in finding seniors to participate in paid or unpaid projects of various kinds. In our occasional Bulletin Board feature, we pass along any that look worth following up. (We have been in contact with each company that…

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Some spots still open for free tech classes

NOTE: Classes at Senior Planet Exploration Center on West 25th street in Manhattan are currently full! We do offer classes at many other locations, however. Check the map linked below! Although summer courses have already begun, there are still some spots open at Senior Planet Centers’ summer sessions for free five or ten week classes.…

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