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Housesharing for seniors – and more from the week online

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

Freshly tweeted

Tweeted last week on the Neighborhood Slice Twitter feed (“Stories about your neighborhood from the people who have been there the longest”) was a link to the latest video from this regular program on NYC.gov/life. Click here to see more Neighborhood Slice videos and below, watch Jean Wnuk, veteran pattern maker, talk about her 60 years in the Garment District and why she still works.

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Alzheimer’s breakthrough

Researchers at Cambridge University in England have discovered a molecule that halts the development of the disease at a critical stage, possibly opening the door to an eventual cure. “Not only is it the first time that experts have identified a means of breaking the cycle leading to the development of Alzheimer’s,” London’s Daily Telegraph reports, ” but they believe the technique could be used to identify other molecules as future treatments to curb the growth of the condition.” Read more here. In other news, a simple skin test may hasten diagnosis of Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s – read about that here.

Housesharing for seniors

It’s not just for students: housesharing is trending among older Americans who hope to trim costs and avoid loneliness. Next Avenue looked at some do’s and dont’s of finding the right housemate and talked to Josephine Withers and Suzanne Green, who met at a Meetup and decided to try living together. Read more here.

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The Notorious R.B.G.

“We have a particular vision of someone who’s a badass — a 350-pound rapper. And she’s this tiny Jewish grandmother. She doesn’t look like our vision of power, but she’s so formidable, so unapologetic, and a survivor in every sense of the word.” Gail Collins spoke with Ruth Bader Ginzburg and people who know her about her fierce determination to keep working – through illness and surgeries, and despite calls for her to yield her seat on the Supreme Court to “new blood” – and highlighted her growing fan base of young women – including the author of  a Tumblr blog, Notorious R.B.G (after the rapper B.I.G), soon to be a book. Click here to read Collins’ NY Times op-ed.

Dirty Tax Scams

It’s tax season – and that means tax scam season. The IRS has summarized the “Dirty Dozen” scams – including fake phone calls, identity theft and fake charities – and released this video about phishing. Click here to read about all 12 types of IRS scam.

The Energizer Bunny, Sr.

KAGS TV covered the Brazos Valley, Texas Senior Games and highlighted 82-year-old Bart Braden, who apparently is hooked on running. Braden runs 29 days a month and in last week’s games competed in four running and two field events, including the discus throw. A veteran of three wars, he recently passed a physical to go fight in Afghanistan – but was turned down because of his age. Read more and watch the video:

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Will Florida let senior inmates go free?

Like many other states’, Florida’s Department of Corrections is struggling financially – and the aging of its prison population isn’t helping. Older prisoners need more and costlier medical care than others their age and much more than younger prisoners – but their danger to society is waning. Last week, Rep. Katie Edwards filed legislation to create a supervised conditional release program for low-risk, elderly inmates, a move that advocates for senior inmates are hoping other states will make, too. Read more here.

Don McEvoy remembers Selma

Pastor Don McEvoy worked alongside Martin Luther King, Jr. in the Civil Rights Movement. Last week, this video of McEvoy talking about King and the state of civil rights in the U.S. today was published to YouTube.

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3D sword replica makes ancient artifact a hand-on experience

The National Museum of Art in Norway has in its collection a sixth-century golden-hilted ring-sword, probably used only by kings and nobles – but the sword is fragile and the closest you can get to it is the other side of a thick glass wall. So the museum asked a school teacher who re-creates historical artefacts and knows his way around 3D modeling software to create a replica; now museumgoers can have hands-on experience with the sword. We’re guessing it’s the wave of the future – looking forward to hugging an Egyptian mummy?

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Aging in Place – the wrong solution?

A University of Florida researcher and author of the new book “Aging In the Right Place,” Stephen Golant believes that aging in place might be impractical for many of us who want to continue to meet our everyday needs without help from family. Golant points to such issues as transportation, grocery shopping and home maintenance, and says moderate-income seniors, who lack the resources to hire help but don’t benefit from government programs, will be the hardest hit. Whether the answer is a village model (a solution he advocates) or better assisted living facilities, he’s urging seniors to plan ahead. Read more.

27 grandmas who are cooler than their grandkids will ever be

Buzzfeed’s hot list on Friday was “27 Grandmas Who Are Cooler Than You’ll Ever Be” and included your standard-issue skydiving grandma (you’re sure to have seen her before), a grannie who figured out how to take screenshots of photos posted to her Facebook page so she could print them at Walmart (See our Tech Tip “How Can I Make a Screenshot?” – it’s not such a big deal), a (youngish) grandmother whose Etsy store is famous for its fabric-art stuffed penises and the grandmother who, in response to (presumably) her way less cool grandchild’s Facebook status “I. Hate. Waking Up,” posted, “me too.. but it’s better than dying in your sleep.” See all 27 on Buzzfeed.

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White House Conference on Aging

Kicking off a series of five forums in preparation for the White House Conference on Aging in DC this summer, the first forum in Tampa last week invited experts, seniors and others to weigh in on four key topic areas: financial resources for retirement; healthy aging; long-term services and supports; protections from financial exploitation, abuse and neglect. The conference takes place every ten years; the first conference in 1961 helped lay groundwork for Medicare. The next forum is planned for Phoenix on March 31. Read more.

Internet.org, a 911 for online access

That’s what Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg envisions – and hopes to make happen. Talking to Business Insider, he described a scenario in which anyone lacking a mobile data plan could get access to basic online health information, education or job tools, or basic communication tools. Facebook’s Internet.org has already rolled out in Zambia, Tanzania, Kenya, Ghana, Colombia and India; the goal is to expand to the rest of the developing world, perhaps with the help of drones. And how about the millions of people in the U.S. who can’t afford Internet access, Mark? Read more here and visit Internet.org.

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