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Spring Classes kick off at Senior Planet

With registration for the spring quarter taking place, the first week of April was a busy one for Senior Planet. Members looking to sign up for courses convened at the Manhattan Senior Planet Exploration Center, and at our partner sites across the city, in New York State’s North Country and in Montgomery County in Maryland.…

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Enjoy Facebook Safely and Securely

This week, some Facebook users may have received a note in their newsfeeds advising them that they, or a Facebook friend, logged into a now-banned personality quiz app. The notice will explain how the app misused their information by sharing it with the UK data-mining firm Cambridge Analytica. The information shared could include their public…

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We did it! Senior Planet North Country Lives on!

On Saturday, March 31, the New York State Legislature voted to continue funding the Senior Planet North Country program through April 2019, as part of the 2018-2019 state budget. This may not have been possible without the hundreds of messages of support that poured in from Senior Planet members and to the on-the-ground efforts of…

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FTC says Taxtime is scamtime

They’re at it again… tax scammers scheming new ways to steal personal information and money. In the first scenario, identity thieves file a fake tax return and have the refund deposited into your bank account. The thieves then contact you, often by phone, and — posing as the IRS or debt collectors for the IRS…

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You’re never too old to be a space archaeologist

Doris Mae Jones recently moved from Indiana to Ohio to be closer to her sons. And although the 91-year-old has a weekly Mah Jongg game, she still has a lot of time on her hands. So when she heard about GlobalXplorer, a project that would allow her to help archaeologists find lost civilizations right from…

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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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Empty nest? Q&A with the Gypsy Nesters

David and Veronica James took a unique approach to the empty nest syndrome.  They were already adventurous, having raised three kids on St. Croix in the Virgin Islands, but when their youngest graduated, they wanted to return to the States and catch up with old friends and relatives.  They sold their condo, bought a beat…

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Q&A With Margaret Gullette, Ageism Warrior

“Ageism is everywhere,” says 77-year -old cultural critic Margaret Morganroth Gullette.  “And the ageisms  go from insults that may be laughable to real assaults.” Dr. Gullette knows. A Resident Scholar at the Women’s Studies Research Center at Brandeis University, Gullette has  written many well-received books, essays and articles on the subject. She’s now  internationally recognized as…

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My relatives fell for this new scam. Will you?

By Ismat Mangla I recently learned about a nasty new scam making the rounds while visiting older relatives in Michigan during the holidays. Last October, my family members received a phone call from a company dubbed Utility Savings Expert, whose website (utilitysavingsexpert.net) features the tagline We are here to help you, but omits the second half…

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Meet the Member: Richard Berger

“Manhattan is my backyard,” says Staten Islander Richard Berger, who worked in the city for 30 years as a U.S. Postal Service mail carrier and driver.  “I still come in almost daily.”  Richard and wife Roberta, both retirees, have an active schedule and enjoy taking classes together. “We can talk about what we’re learning,” he…

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