11 Things We Didn’t Know Last Week

News, discoveries and … fun 1. Long dismissed as a separate species of dinosaur, the Brontosaurus (Thunder Lizard) is enjoying a comeback among scientists. (Learn more at Scientific American) 2. A 100-year-old Japanese woman can swim 1,500 meters in record time. (Learn more at Washington Post) 3. Middle-aged night owls have a much higher risk for diabetes and some other health problems than early-risers. (Learn more at AARP) Get discounts on airfare, car rentals, hotels and more with your AARP …

Retirees Recreate Iconic Scenes for Calendar Shoot

Inspired by a German retirement community’s viral success earlier this year with what one website lauded as “probably the best calendar ever,” residents of nine senior living communities across the United States have tweaked the concept to produce a homegrown calendar in which they recreate some iconic pop-culture scenes. Proceeds from sales of the 18-month calendar (August 2014 – January 2016) will go to local charities chosen by each of the nine retirement communities. The residents designed costumes and searched …

Moving Beyond Loss in Words and Pictures

When Judith Fox‘s husband died at 53, she found herself in an “alien world” of grief and shock. At only 50 years old, she didn’t know any other widows and had no idea how to process the loss. Fast forward three years, and Fox was lucky enough to find love again. Three years after that, her second husband was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s. An award-winning photographer and writer, Fox transformed these difficult experiences into inspiration for her books. Her latest, One …

Putting a New Face on Alzheimer’s

When Cathy Greenblat was in her 20s, her grandmother and grandfather had Alzheimer’s. “I bought society’s message that nothing could be done but keep them safe,” she says. Years later, when Greenblat’s mother developed the disease, she realized that lots more could be done. The former Rutgers University sociology professor began to see Alzheimer’s through a different lens – her camera – when her mother was in a memory care facility. Greenblat saw quality care in a place brimming with …

Catch Up On the Olympics With a Few Apps

Hey, Olympics fans. Not around a TV? NBC isn’t broadcasting live? Have I found an app for you: the Reuters Olympics app. I’ve tried all of the apps made for the Olympics. This one outshines the others-by far.  It is full of the best live photos and magic moments captured by the Reuters photographers. I prefer using this on my iPad rather than on my smartphone because it is a bit easier to navigate and the picture resolution  is so …

The Takeaway: Love, Joy and Alzheimer’s On Display in New Portraits

Too many pictures of Alzheimer’s patients present dim nursing home hallways or grim hospital corridors, lives of isolation and unwitting apathy. Cathy Greenblat aims to show another, brighter side of the disease, in her new book, Love, Loss and Laughter: Seeing Alzheimer’s Differently, and accompanying photo exhibition in New York.