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Open Enrollment Tips, Brain Aging Info & More From the Week Online

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

Active Retirement, Railroad Style

Some people play golf. Others volunteer or take up walking. Retired railroad employee Eugene Bostick made a dog train for all the stray mutts he’s rescued and cares for, and takes them on an hourlong ride once a week. Now 80, Bostick has been conducting his dog train for the past 15 years. Why the sudden fame? The popular site Buzzfeed published a story about the “dog man” recently and it went viral; since then Bostick and his wife have been inundated with calls. Our favorite detail in this shaggy dog tail: The dogs have assigned seats. Read more here.

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Bad Diagnoses

Most of us will experience at least one diagnostic error in our lifetime, and it could lead to serious consequences, according to a new report. At fault: lack of communication between physicians who care for you and the rise of Internet portals for patient-doctor communication. But there are things that you can do to minimize the changes of a wrong diagnosis. Read more at WashingtonPost.com

Medicare Open Enrollment Starts Soon

And you might already be inundated with marketing materials via email from Medicare Advantage plans that want your business (or scammers who want your personal info). The Medicare Rights Center has a useful article about Medicare’s marketing rules for plans (for example, a plan amy not offer a gift of more than $15 for signing up – and must offer the gift even if you don’t enroll) and how you can protect yourself from marketing fraud. The article also includes a link to the rights center’s tips for open enrollment. Click here to read more.

Playboy tackles ageism (!)

“2016 may mark the year ageism finally lands on our cultural radar.” So says Ashton Applewhite in her piece in the September issue of – yes, really! – Playboy. Applewhite, who blogs about ageism at This Chair Rocks, discusses the many ways in which age discrimination and age phobia seep into every facet of our lives, whatever our actual age, and how they negatively affect us, whether we’re teens or seniors. Click here to read a PDF of Applewhite’s Playboy piece — a call to arms for a movement to combat America’s last unfettered form of discrimination. (Also read our Q&A with Ashton and watch a video of her talk at Senior Planet.)

How Your Brain Changes as You Age

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More than 70 percent of adults are more worried about what’s going to happen to their brains as they age than about any other health issue. If you’re among them, you might want to check out What Is Brain Health?, a new information campaign designed to give you a better understanding of what goes on in the aging brain and how you can keep yours sharp. The website offers charts, quizzes and other interactive content that separates fact from fiction, describes normal changes in the brain as we move from childhood through old age (while we might lose some processing speed in our 60 as 70s, knowledge, reasoning, creativity and problem solving can remain strong) and suggests when and how to talk to your doctor. Be sure to browse the Brainy Resources section! Check it out at BrainHealth.gov.

 Scam Alert: Publisher’s Clearing House

We wrote about some Facebook scams last week. Now, it turns out, a phone scam involving a supposed sweepstakes win from Publisher’s Clearing House is managing to trick people out of their money. The scam artists pose as officials from the company and ask for personal information, along with a payment for claiming the prize. Read more at USAtoday.com.

Grandparents are flocking to NYC

Or so says the New York Times. Friday’s Real Estate section includes a story about several older newcomers to the city who decided to sell up and move (mostly) north in order to perform nanny duty for their well-heeled kids. In the process, they found that city life — the walking, the diversity of ages and ethnicities, the cultural wealth — suited them. It’s a trend, the paper claims. Read more at nytimes.com.

Patti Smith on being featured in the Pirelli Calendar

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It’s known for its sexy ladies, and this year “sexy” means achievement. Shot by Annie Liebovitz, the calendar — out in November — features several older women, including Yoko Ono and Patti Smith. New York Magazine’s The Cut talked to Smith about what it means to be strong an alive at age 68. Read more at nymag.com.

How to Save on Hearing Aids

Did you know that programs exist that can help you pay for hearing aids? That’s one of the tips offered in this Savvy Senior Q&A. (Some have been covered by Senior Planet in our article “What I Leaned by Browsing the Hearing Aid Forums.”) Read more at the HuffingtonPost.com

Edward Snowden joined Twitter

The whistleblower joined on September 29 and already has more than a million followers. Who does Snowden follow? Only one account: the NSA. His first tweet was widely retweeted:

You can check out his tweets by clicking here.

Scam Alert: Publisher’s Clearing House

We wrote about some Facebook scams last week. Now, it turns out, a phone scam involving a supposed sweepstakes win from Publisher’s Clearing House is managing to trick people out of their money. The scam artists pose as officials from the company and ask for personal information, along with a payment for claiming the prize. Read more at USAtoday.com.

Research: A Low-cost, OTC Medication Keeps Some Cancer Patients Alive

A daily dose of aspirin may double the life expectancy of patients with cancer of the gastrointestinal tract, according to a large study conducted in the Netherlands. The research team is now looking into whether the drug has the same benefit for people with colon cancer. Read it in The Guardian.

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