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Brain trainer app can be a smart friend

Posted on 04/26/2012 by |Technology | Comments

TechnologyI have a new favorite friend; and if I’m smart I will make this friend my BFF. My new friend challenges my brain, and sometimes I’m a little embarrassed of the results.  But I know I need to keep engaging. My friend could help me stave off dementia and Alzheimer’s. My new friend is an app called Lumosity.  My friend also is a website that syncs with my app. Lumosity is a series of brain training games that you can …

App of the week: Exercise and diet with one cool app

Posted on 04/19/2012 by |Technology | Comments

TechnologyExperimenting with a new app reminds me of high school in the early 70s. The banter is the same. “You gotta try it,” a peer says. “Really, what does it do?”  I ask. “I’m not sure, “he says, “but it’s really cool and everyone is using it.” So I try it—I download the Lose It! app to see what the buzz is all about.  And after a few hours, I agree it’s pretty cool—however, now I must admit… I’m addicted. …

App of the Week: Coupons Gone Digital

Posted on 03/29/2012 by |Technology | Comments

Money & Savings | TechnologyBy Suzie Mitchell Clipping grocery coupons has been a Sunday morning ritual for me since I was a young girl. My Mom and I, armed with our sharp scissors, would scour the weekly coupon sections searching for our favorite brands. We cut the coupons, placed them in piles according to product type, and then put them in the special envelope marked “Groceries” in big red letters. I didn’t shop with my Mom, so I’m guessing she remembered to take her …

State of the Baby Boomer: An Infographic

Posted on 03/7/2012 by |AARP Blog Author | Comments

TechnologyVia SeniorHomes.net, a great roundup of the statistics about baby boomers out right now. Check out that stat about boomers’ mobile usage! We’re less encouraged by the unemployment number. What do you think? Does this look about right? ++ Click to Enlarge Image ++

Smartphones Everywhere! Except…

Posted on 03/1/2012 by |AARP Blog Author | Comments

TechnologyIt’s official. Data from 2011 shows the United States joining a few other countries in majority adoption of smartphones over so-called “feature phones.” What about AARP members? According to new data out this morning from Pew Research, 16% more of American adults 45-54 and 9% more of adults 55-64 now own a smartphone, compared to 18% of the 18-24 year olds. Except… only 2% more of those over 65 have a smartphone. Have you made the switch? If not, what’s holding …

Apps Every Boomer Should Know: A Roundup

Posted on 02/17/2012 by |Technology | Comments

TechnologyThe following is a guest post from Suzie Mitchell.  Boomers are lovin their smartphones.  Take a look around a local coffee shop at mid-day and you’ll see throngs of Boomers reading and punching away on them. Check out all of the tables and sometimes you see two or three Boomers together, all on their individual smartphones—doing what we chastise our kids for doing—not talking to each other. “I love my smartphone, my 60 year-old sister-in-law says.  “I use it while …