Harriet Thompson runs another marathon – and more from the week online

From news your can use to finds you might love, click through our picks from the week online.

Harriet Thompson has done it again

Props to 92-year-old runner Harriet Thompson, who just finished another marathon – her 16th Rock ‘n Roll marathon in San Diego (Senior Planet profiled Thompson after her 2014 run). Thompson started running at 76 to benefit the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society and still runs for the charity. She is now officially the oldest runner to complete the 26.2-miles.

Read our 2014 Q&A with Harriet Thompson.

New Yorkers…

Whether you’re born and raised, a former New Yorker or a relative newcomer, you might be interested in a new website that painstakingly maps historical photos of almost every block in the city. Click on a spot and you’ll see photographic views from the 1870s to the 1970s, all culled from the New York Public Library’s collection. The team that built the site are asking viewers to like or tweet their favorite photos, as well as to comment on the photos from your area describing what’s there now, what’s changed, and what’s stayed the same. Here’s 42nd Street at Fifth Avenue.

old-nycTo access the map, click here.  

These federal job banks are reserved for older workers

Flexible hours and plenty of respect for serious work… those can be hard to come by in a ageist work environment, but apparently they are normal benefits of a job with one of two government programs that only hire workers age 55-plus. The programs are affiliated with the EPA and Department of Agriculture, and one of them has been around for more than 30 years, as a Next Avenue writer who specializes in “unretirement” was surprised to discover. Read more here.

Welcome to the future of aging in place

An apartment in a senior living community in Fort Worth, Texas has been turned into a lab where researchers can evaluate technologies for aging in place. From sensors under every floor tile that measure gait, balance and even heart health, to a bathroom mirror outfitted with facial recognition software that can help doctors detect liver issues or a shift in blood pressure, this “smart” apartment will help experts determine which sensor-based and assistive technology items are most effective in helping people age in place. Read more here

Mary Ellen Mark mourned

The iconic photographer died last week at at age 75, and her passing was noted on her Facebook page. Hundreds of fans, former students and fellow photographers paid their respects in the comments. Click here to read their words. Click through to Marks’s website to see a gallery of her quintessential street photos from New York City.


“The obsessions we have are pretty much the same our whole lives. Mine are people, the human condition, life.”

Remembering B.B. King

B.B. King was buried on Friday, and the Connected Canvas blog – a curated guide to the intersection of the arts and tech – posted this wonderful video of The Man performing at Sing Sing in 1972.

(Video link for mobile)

Don’t be so fast to dump your (very) old computer

Her husband had died and she was clearing out the garage that was piled with stuff they’d accumulated over the years. That’s all that workers at a Silicon Valley recycling center know about the woman who recently dropped off a 1976 Apple 1 computer – trash, as far as she was concerned. In fact, the machine is now worth a bundle – the recycling center sold it to a private collection for $200,000 and is trying to track down the woman who left it there so they can split the proceeds with her.


Tablets: the Gateway to the Internet

Researchers at New Michigan State University are finding that tablets can get digital immigrants online faster and with less anxiety than computers. Not only are they easier to figure out; touch screens don’t pose the same barriers to people with fine-motor control issues that a computer mouse does, and many offer accessibility features. Are tablets the laptop of the future? This team – which last year published research showing that connecting online can help seniors ward off depression – thinks so. Read more here.

Speaking of tablets…

If you’re in the market for a new tablet and you’re considering an Android-based device, you might want to wait a little while. Microsoft just announced new partnerships with several tablet manufacturers to pre-install programs like Word, Excel and Skype. Read more here.  

Oliver Sacks and his Aunt Lennie

In her always thoughtful blog Brain Pickings, Maria Popova last week described the sustaining cross-generational relationship that Oliver Sacks had with his Aunt Lennie – a relationship that Sacks writes about in his new book “On the Move.” Illustrating her post with plentiful quotes, Popova shows how Lennie’s love for living, and her lifelong appreciation for and acceptance of Sacks, enabled the fragile young man to become a writer. And she compares Lennie’s “courageous exit from life” at age 86, almost 40 years ago, with Sacks’s own as he faced his terminal cancer diagnosis. It’s well worth a read, by clicking here


The latest “older woman” to grace a fashion campaign

Marc Jacobs last week named Cher as the brand’s new face – and commenters on the Guardian lashed out, with one saying that far from celebrating older women, the ad celebrates botox and hair die (or a wig, as another commenter suggested). Here’s Cher is a Marc Jacobs dress and leather gloves. What do you think? Read about the campaign and scroll don to read the comments here.


Plus, health news

And Finally

“I’m practicing my lines. I just got off work and I’ve got an all night shoot tonight. I’m playing a goofy senator in a small independent film. I’m 81 now, and I didn’t even begin acting until I was 76. I always wanted to do it since I was a kid, so I thought it was now or never. I’d love to get just one meaty part in a movie.”


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