You may have already won…a scam

It sounds terrific.  You’ve won a large cash prize and the money’s yours once you pre-pay the taxes. Or someone overpaid you for something you sold online.  Or you signed up for a ‘mystery shopper” gig and got paid more than you were owed due to a ‘bookkeeping error.”  Or you just got a job […]

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Q&A: Dancer Naomi Goldberg Haas

As a classically trained ballet dancer expected to watch her figure constantly, Naomi Goldberg Haas went on tour with a modern vaudeville act and was delighted to see people of all shapes and sizes on stage. She set up Dances for a Variable Population (learn more here),  a non-profit multigenerational dance company, in 2005 when she […]

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Q&A: Digital historian Mary Ann McNair

Historian Mary Ann McNair’s plans for retirement from the  Colorado History Museum (where she coordinated educational materials) were sidetracked when she discovered StoryCenter, formerly the Center for Digital Storytelling, a national effort to use storytelling as a vehicle for reflection, history, education, community mobilization, and advocacy.  The program teaches everyday people how to tell, through music, images […]

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How can women make friends after 60?

The world is changing for 60-year-old women. We no longer have the social context that we enjoyed as a wife, parent or co-worker. Building community and creating a network of like-minded friends is a challenge, but not impossible. There are many groups that are trying to offer a platform for people to connect with one […]

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Senior Planet reaches out

It’s mid-afternoon in the computer lab at the Queensbridge Riis Senior Center in Queens, one of the five boroughs of New York City. Ms. Ann, a 69-year-old woman with a beautiful smile, is at one of the computers, completely immersed in her work. It’s hard to believe that just two years ago — during a […]

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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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Ask Joan: Dating? Yes! Marriage…?

Every month in Sex at Our Age, award-winning senior sexpert Joan Price answers your questions about everything from loss of desire to solo sex and partner issues. Nothing is out of bounds! To send your questions directly to Joan, email sexpert@seniorplanet.org. A member writes: I’m a widower, age 71, and I’ve been dating a woman […]

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Tech of the Month: Streaming services

Want to cut the cord? Tired of paying hundreds of dollars a year on cable subscriptions?  Some studies indicate that costs for TV service rose almost twice as fast as inflation, rising more than 50 percent in about ten years to an average of $100.98 in 2017. There are plenty of alternatives to traditional TV, […]

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Do You need an Emotional Support Animal?

If you haven’t been in a plane, on a cruise  ship or at a shopping mall lately, you may not know, but Emotional Support Animals (ESAs) are booming in popularity…and controversy.  Airlines and cruise ships have boarded an increasing number of passengers with their ESAs in tow, you’ve seen them at your local mall, and […]

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