From news you should know to finds you might love, click through our picks from the week online.
Couple celebrates 75 years of marriage Sadanala and Lily John met in Bangalore when Lily wasn’t even 16. Against the wishes of their families, they married – little knowing that 75 years later they would be great- grandparents living near family in the the Washington DC area. “We had financial problems and others. But no blaming because we are in this state,” Lily John told the Washington Post. “We managed. No criticizing and fighting — that was the main thing. Support each other. That’s my advice.” Read the story of their difficult lives in India and how their marriage survived by clicking here.
Flummoxed by Medicare plans? Last week saw the launch of Senior65.com, a new website to help us understand – and sign up for – the labyrinth of Medicare plans. Click here to read about the young techies who created the site and their take on senior technology use (as well as Medicare).
We’re not dead yet “The Internet is awash with stories about aging parents – suffering, terminal, demented, irritating, just plain old parents. How difficult it is to care for them, how to evaluate nursing homes. …” As a member of the “old parents” group, Judy Oppenheimer has a few facts to get straight: Just because we lose our keys doesn’t mean we’re losing it; young parents probably know less about new technologies than their kids, so nah; and “we’re not dead yet” – the name of Oppenheimer’s rant in Slate. To read her opinion piece, along with the comments (where a battle of the generations is raging), click here.
We don’t lose the ability to store memories! New research suggests that even as we age, we’re able to store as many memories as when we were younger – but our memories “lose definition” and so get harder to call up. Younger adults are able to store things in their memory at a higher resolution, making it easier for them to recall the memories. Click here to read more about the research.
Best and worst places to be old Guess where the US ranks for senior wellbeing… If you guessed somewhere near the bottom of the pile of industrialized countries, you’re wrong, according to a UN and HelpAge study reported in the Washington Post. Why did we outperform several European countries (an unusual outcome)? Because among the this study’s criteria are employment opportunities – an area where, apparently, we rock. It’s worth reading the whole article; click through to the Washington Post.
Stop the leak with… dancercize! A significant number of women over age 65 have some degree of trouble with urinary incontinence – from the “warning: sneeze coming” type to more annoying versions. Doing Kegel exercises right helps a lot; now it seems there’s a more fun way to stop the leak: dancercize. New research that used dance exercise videogames as part of a rehab program found that (surprise!) fun is the main factor in our willingness to keep a daily exercise schedule. Click here to read more.
Old people myths The Huffington Post asked its Facebook followers which myths about old people irk them the most. The result: “13 Aging Myths We Love to Prove Wrong.” # 1: We can’t understand anything and need to be spoken to like children. #2: We’ve turned into prudes and can’t handle curse words or the sight of skin. #3. We can’t do things – like use technology. Read the other 10 on Post 50. (Also read Senior Planet’s “7 Myths about Old People.”)
Looking for love? There may be a science of dating-profile pictures. A study by dating site Zoosk looked at a number of variables and came up with recommendations – for example, Indoor or outdoor pic? (Depends if you’re a man or a women.) The study also found that using the emoticon “:)” is a negative, while using “:-)” is a positive! Read more here. Then let us know in the comments, do the results hold for people over 35? (Learn more emoticons for your dating profile!)
You heard it here Wondering what new tech gadgets will be changing our world in 2014? The answer: 3D food printers. You probably won’t see one in a friend’s kitchen, but makers of the ChefJet are hoping that professional bakers, confectioners and others will want to print their edibles. Click here to read more.