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Advance planning for your online life

Today’s seniors are more digitally connected than ever, with some estimating that as many as 34 % of Americans (65 and above) use social networking sites. From ordering food online to digitally transferring money, these apps have our personal and financial data stored online. It’s vital to take measures to secure personal data to ensure…

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Get your tech on – for free!

Savvy seniors are becoming more and more digitally connected.  A recent Pew Institute internet study  reports that 46 percent of people over 65 own a smartphone. Another Pew study finds that boomers are now far more likely to own a smartphone than they were in 2011 (67% now versus 25% then); about half  (52%) of Boomers…

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What’s up with WhatsApp

One of the most popular apps on smartphones is WhatsApp, the Facebook-owned instant messaging app, which is becoming a more comprehensive, multi-purpose platform.  Here is a quick update on what’s up with WhatsApp: Users can group voice and video up to four people Most recently it announced that it now allows group voice and video…

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Adventurous Aging in Pictures

  If a picture is worth a thousand words, this could be a book called “Aging with Attitude.” We scoured Pinterest for images of older people having a blast, being creative and doing exactly what they feel like doing, like….   Riding a skateboard around town This professor  became an internet sensation when he discovered skateboarding.…

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Some spots still open for free tech classes

NOTE: Classes at Senior Planet Exploration Center on West 25th street in Manhattan are currently full! We do offer classes at many other locations, however. Check the map linked below! Although summer courses have already begun, there are still some spots open at Senior Planet Centers’ summer sessions for free five or ten week classes.…

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Get free tech help this summer

Seniors are becoming more comfortable with technology, with the Pew Institute reporting that some one third of those over 65 are online several times a day and 8 percent online almost constantly. While an improvement over previous years, those numbers lag far behind the rest of the population. Fortunately, seniors can do something about it. Whether…

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Best Websites for Playing Online Games

Videogames aren’t just for kids. In fact, as you age, playing certain games can help you cognitively and, according to new research, might even improve your mood and sense of well-being.  So we looked for games that you can play online for free without having to download any software. We found several good ones on…

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Scam-Alert

Is it time to get a Background Check?

Background checks aren’t just for gun owners. Scamsters abound, online and offline, and it’s difficult to measure the impact because victims are too embarrassed to go to the authorities. Professional scammers will use personal information that they have obtained to gain the victim’s trust, or present themselves  with a completely fake personal or professional history.…

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