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When It Comes to News, There Are Gazers and Grazers

Posted on 10/17/2013 by | Who's News | Comments

Bulletin Today | TechnologyIf you’ve turned the pages of a newspaper in public to find out what’s going in the world, you may have felt just a bit out of place among all the twenty-somethings using tablets and smartphones for the same purpose. Sign up for the AARP Money Matters newsletter According to a new survey from the Pew Research Center, what you noticed is a profound generational difference in how Americans get their news. Those of us who are 50 and older, …

Senior Centers, Part II: Line Dancing at Age 93

Posted on 09/23/2013 by | Caregiving | Comments

CaregivingVideo courtesy Microsoft/IN2L/Selfhelp You might have missed a piece I wrote earlier this month about senior centers’ efforts to woo baby boomers. (At 78 million-strong, this demographic is a membership director’s dream.) To attract the Forever Young Generation, some centers are dropping “senior” from their name and serving up hip offerings such as wine tastings, dating and divorce workshops and Pilates. Programming for what are considered traditional, older attendees is also changing. (It’s Senior Center Month, so I’m giving equal time to …

Communication Gap: To Text or to Call

Posted on 09/20/2013 by | News, Culture, Sights and Sounds | Comments

Bulletin Today | TechnologyYou may not be surprised to hear this, but while 18- to 29-year-olds are split about 50-50 on texting their parents (versus calling), three-quarters of their parents would rather talk on the phone than send texts back and forth. You may be surprised, though, to hear this: Parents and adult children are finding comfortable ways to communicate across the generations, leading to strong and satisfying relationships. Those are some of the newest findings reported by psychology professor Jeffrey Arnett, the …

The Rush to Tweet Goes On

Posted on 08/5/2013 by | News, Culture, Sights and Sounds | Comments

Bulletin Today | TechnologyI find myself using Twitter more these days. I’m searching for contacts and ideas, trying to get my own point of view heard and trying to follow the recommendations of some key experts, whose thoughts and links I value. Turns out, I’m not alone. Related: Looking for a job? Why you need to go social Use of the social media site Twitter by those ages 50-64 has doubled since November 2010, nearly keeping pace with the overall growth in use of …

More Than Our Golden Girls

Posted on 06/26/2013 by | Volunteering | Comments

Your LifeIn my nine years on Facebook, I’ve seen all kinds of posts. I was a senior in college when I joined, and photos back then — the few that friends uploaded to “random pics” albums — were from formals, study abroad, graduation. Slowly, engagements and bachelor/ette parties started trickling into the mix. Now that I’m 30, it’s weddings, reunions, houses, babies. Something new is happening in my Newsfeed these days, though, and I can’t “like” it enough: grandmas. From my …

Organ Donor? Tell All Your Friends on Facebook

Posted on 06/18/2013 by | Health | Comments

Bulletin Today | TechnologyBy Ankita Rao, Kaiser Health News Toni Lewis-Bennett remembers hesitating when she was asked to be an organ donor while applying for her driver’s license. But years later, when a friend at work became sick, she got tested to see if she could donate her kidney to save his life. And with a green light from doctors, there was no question in her mind that she would go through with the transplant. “I felt honored to be able to do …