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Are you ready for Winter Classes?

The coming Winter Quarter is full of ways to get your tech on no matter what your skill level – Senior Planet classes take all comers!  Senior Planet offers a range of free 5- and 10-week digital technology courses that require advance registration, as well as weekly tech-themed events, workshops and lectures. Registration procedures, dates…

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A Holiday Message from Tom Kamber

Season’s Greetings from Senior Planet! When 2018 began, we thought it would be impossible to match the great success we achieved in the previous year.  But we’re happy to say that we proved ourselves wrong in the best possible way!  2018 was the most successful year ever at Senior Planet. This year, we celebrated “aging…

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#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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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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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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