From news you can use to links you might love, we’ve curated the best from the week online for seniors.
Queen of Her World
Mimi Greeley says she can’t can’t “whip her weight in wildcats” anymore, but at 100, she feels OK. She’s active — she can take a cab to a restaurant, takes care of herself at home and welcomes frequent visitors. And she loves joking around. Greeley, who lives on Manhattan’s Upper East Side, worked as a nurse and cared for John F. Kennedy when he was a young senator who couldn’t wear pants because of an injury. The New York Times visited her in her apartment last week. Read the story here.
What They Said
“I think in a lot of ways it’s my challenge to find what’s there for me that I don’t see right now. I know that I felt that in my 50s, I felt that in my 40s, that there’s something there that I can’t see yet and I can’t see until I’m there, but I won’t see if I’m not willing to let go of what I was and open up to what I will be.” Sally Field on the verge of 70, talking to Weekend Edition
— Helaine Olen (@helaineolen) March 8, 2016
Style A new Advanced Style book hits the shelves
Photographer and friend to olders Ari Seth Cohen coined the term Advanced Style when he created his now famous elder–street fashion photo blog. One book, a film and many magazine articles later, he is credited with putting stylish older women on the map and creating a space in the fashion industry for older models. Now he has a new book out, “Advanced Style: Older and Wiser,” which features both women and men in their mostly urban environments. “It’s really about that spirit, that vitality, that expression of creativity. It’s like a life force that is drawing me to them,” Cohen told CNN about his subjects. To read the interview and see more images from the book, click though to CNN.
Health US Alzheimer’s rates are falling — plus more AZ news
Three items of Alzheimer’s news, and they’re all good.
- Recent findings from a 40-year study indicate that Americans are showing symptoms of Alzheimer’s disease not only later in life than in the ’70s, but also in fewer numbers. More education earlier in life and better heart health appear to be contributing to the decline. Read more about that here.
- Also in the new-research file: Scientists have found a protein in the brain that they believe may slow the progression of Alzheimer’s — and that can be boosted through exercise and social activity. If further research proves them right, they hope they may be able to manufacture the protein as a better form of medication than those currently available. Read about the research here.
- And finally, computer use may ward off dementia. London’s Daily Telegraph reports that tech savvy “silver surfers” (sorry) in their 70s studied by the Mayo Clinic were 42 percent less likely to develop early symptoms of dementia than their technophobe counterparts. The researchers believe that we help preserve our cognitive faculties by keeping our minds active, and while the study showed no cause and effect, it did correlate other mind workouts —reading the newspaper, for example — with decreased risk of early dementia. Read it at the Daily Telegraph
Activism AARP pulls an anti-ageism stunt
AARP isn’t known for bold moves, which makes the organization’s recent consciousness-raising stunt all the more notable. The concept? Be brazen about age discrimination so that people finally see it for what it is.
Creativity 10 apps for aspiring artists
Next Avenue published a great list of smartphone and tablet apps that can help you harness your creative impulses and get you churning out sophisticated paintings and drawings. Among our favorites are Paper, which Next Avenue rightly describes as “gorgeous,” and Morpholio, which lets you create and share your art with a community of other digital artists. Read the whole list at Next Avenue
Revolution It’s brewing
Anti-ageism activist Ashton Applewhite has a new book/manifesto out, “This Chair Rocks,”; gerontologist Bill Thomas is traveling the country, spreading the word about the value of the third stage of life with his “Age of Disruption” show; and in kitchens and meeting rooms, women are stating consciousness raising groups like the feminists’ groups of the 60s and 70s. Watching it all is Debbie Galant, a smart and thoughtful writer who blogs at Midcentury Modern:
“This revolution cannot be turned back. It will not only be televised, it will be Tweeted, Facebooked and Instagrammed. It is true, and sad, that rock icons who revolutionized music in the second half of the 20th century are dying daily. But our numbers persist. The same generation that propelled the hula hoop to a national craze will not go quietly into that dark night.”
Election A turning of the tide?
Despite torrents of tweets during an early debate by the race’s front-running Democrats —tweets that suggested commercial breaks were really bathroom breaks for the senior candidates — press coverage of the race on both sides has steered clear of making age an issue. This is despite the fact that the top three candidates are 68, 69 and 74 and that these “extreme grown-ups” are on the run almost 24/7, to keep up with intense campaign schedules. The Wall Street Journal asked some experts about this refreshing turn of events in the media and came to conclusion that chronological age isn’t a reliable predictor of vitality, and as a culture we’re starting to understand that. “The elders on the campaign trail are benefiting from a public that is gradually shifting its attitudes and even language on aging.” Moreover, having a bunch of seniors in the race is further proof of older Americans’ participation in society. Read it at the Wall Street Journal
People Tony Morrison on Fresh Air
The author, who has a new novel out, “God Bless the Child,” spoke to Terri Gross in a free-ranging interview on NPR. She spoke of regret, arthritic pain, and writing — the place where there is no pain. Listen below and read highlights at NPR.org
Entertainment Mary Louise Wilson, on demand
A new documentary that explores Tony Award-winning actress Mary Louise Wilson’s return to her hometown to teach an acting class has been released for on-demand viewing at home. In the film, Wilson talks about her long career and the challenges of being an older actress. Read more about the film here. Read our interview with Wilson here.
Good read The changing meaning of a life well lived
It used to be that 70 was an acceptable time to die of old age.” Now, when someone like David Bowie does at 69, we mourn the life he would have continued to live and the art he would have continued to give us. As lives grow longer, our definition of a full life changes along with our expectations for the the productivity of older people. That’s the premise of an excllent article in The Atlantic by science writer Luke Yoquinto and MIT Age Lab director Joseph Coughlin. Read it here.
Aging With Attitude Finally, self-acceptance at 74
Our “recovering technophobe” took a break from writing Senior Planet’s Aging With Geekitude column to contribute a personal essay to Salon.com about the decades she has wasted feeling fat and ugly, and her journey to self-acceptance. “All my life, people have told me to lose weight or else. At 74, I’m fat, healthy and done apologizing.” Read Erica’s excellent piece here.
“I feel like when you’re young, you change every day. But I feel like now that I’m fifteen, I’m becoming a person. Everything is slowing down and I’m starting to dry like a mud statue. And it’s scary. because I’m realizing the way that people are going to see me. And I’m learning the things that people are going to think about me. See it at Humans of New York