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Tech empowers Holocaust survivors

A unique pilot program designed by Older Adults Technology Services (OATS) is helping a special group of trauma survivors gain a sense of community, access resources, and enter the digital age.  “Our Voices” is a special six-month program for Holocaust survivors, supported by a grant from the Jewish Federations of North America’s (JFNA) Center for Advancing…

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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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Virtual Reality: August’s Tech of the Month

VR, or Virtual Reality, once a staple of military or medical training, or flight simulation, is entering the mainstream. VR is an interactive, computer-generated experience within a simulated environment, communicated via a VR headset. It is most commonly used in entertainment applications such as gaming and 3D cinema, but research in using VR to ease dementia symptoms…

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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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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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Alexa, what shall we have for dinner?

Who, or what, is Alexa? Alexa is Amazon’s voice service. She comes into your home via one of the Amazon Echo products. She can play music and audiobooks, control other smart devices in your home such as the light switches and thermostat, get information, news, weather, and more… using just your voice! During the month…

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Transcending Age in photos

There are active seniors and then there is Flo Meiler. Meiler, 83, is the undisputed female octogenarian pole vaulter in the United States, if not the world. The picture to the right of her clearing a five-foot, three-inch bar at the 2015 Senior Games (on the right) is part of a remarkable collection created by…

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