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George Takei Is Back in Boston: Driving Miss Daisy and Hanging with AGNES

Posted on 07/17/2014 by |News, Culture, Sights and Sounds | Comments

TechnologyYoung adults are increasingly living with older members of their families, according to a report just released by the Pew Research Center. To aid family harmony and help the younger generation understand their elders, AGNES — the Age Gain Now Empathy System — might be the perfect extra housemate. AGNES is one of many wonders that George Takei, tech explorer extraordinaire, found on a recent visit to the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in Cambridge, Mass., just across the Charles River …

‘Takei’s Take’ Takes Boston

Posted on 07/14/2014 by |News, Culture, Sights and Sounds | Comments

TechnologyOne if by land and two if by sea? Maybe Paul Revere was a digital pioneer, since he “got” binary communication centuries before the digital cataclysm started to shake today’s world. From the home of the first American revolution, tech adventurer George Takei begins a series of four episodes of his award-winning YouTube series Takei’s Take in the Boston metro area, with three questions: How did Boston drive the tech revolution in America? Why did the scene shift to Silicon …

Helping 50+ Americans Master Personal Technology

Posted on 05/8/2014 by |General News | Comments

TechnologyAt the bustling convention center in downtown Boston, a lot of people seem eager to learn as much as they can about personal technology. In one area of the cavernous hall, a speaker tells a rapt audience about the various apps that can be used for entertainment, from listening to music and watching TV shows to buying movie tickets and making dinner reservations. In another part of the pavilion, a teacher instructs the crowd seated at long tables about the basics …

‘Day of Service’ Kicks Off AARP’s National Event in Boston

Posted on 05/8/2014 by |General News | Comments

VolunteeringThe tables were stacked high with groceries: pasta, peanut butter, cans of peaches and beans. In front, an assembly line of volunteer workers packed them in brown paper bags and passed them along to be loaded into cartons for delivery to a food bank. “It’s fun,” said 66-year-old Ronna Davis of Stoughton, Mass., “and it’s a way to help people in need.” Davis, who had heard about the project on the radio, showed up with her lifelong friend, Esther Kaplan, …

A Boston Marathon Bombing Survivor’s Key to Recovery

Posted on 04/14/2014 by |AARP Blog Author | Comments

Personal HealthJohn Odom is looking forward to walking into Boston Medical Center this week for a memorial honoring survivors of the Boston Marathon bombing. After all, when he left the hospital last May, the doctors and nurses weren’t sure he would ever walk again. Odom, 66, was one of the most severely injured of the bombing victims, enduring 11 surgeries and weeks on life support after shrapnel from one bomb tore apart his legs. “I want to be able to walk in …

¿’Pastillas de chocolate’ para un corazón sano?

Posted on 03/18/2014 by |AARP Blog Author | Comments

En EspañolSuena espectacular. ¿Quién se ofrece a ser parte de este estudio? El hospital Brigham and Women’s en Boston y el centro de investigaciones Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center en Seattle están a punto de comenzar un estudio para comprobar si los nutrientes que contiene el chocolate negro previenen o no los infartos y las apoplejías. Ya sabíamos que comer una onza de chocolate negro al día puede ayudar a bajar la presión arterial; pero durante este estudio los participantes tendrán …