Hamlet in the age of Twitter and Snapchat

By: Michael Toscano

To be or not to be. Is that really the question a twitchy millennial — a man-child with little self-awareness and a slippery grasp on reality — might be asking himself in the midst of existential angst? Apparently not, if Michael Kahn’s uneven wreck of Hamlet, onstage at the Shakespeare Theatre Company through March 4, is to be believed. And that’s why we see the Danish prince ... READ MORE

Beacon Links & Apps – February 2018

By: Barbara Ruben

How the world works Can alcohol cause anxiety? Is Seattle the rainiest U.S. city? Why are rodents such popular lab test animals? You’ve got questions, and the website HowStuffWorks has answers to thousands of them. The site got its start in 1998 at a college professor’s kitchen table. From there, it grew into a source of unbiased, reliable, easy-to-understand answers and... READ MORE

Ways to reduce fall risk and injuries

By: Kessler Institute for Rehabilitation

It can happen to anyone at any time. One minute you’re on your feet; the next you’re on the ground. Falls are the leading cause of all non-fatal injuries, and the most common reason for visits to the emergency room. One in five falls results in a significant injury, such as head trauma or broken wrists, hips, legs or ankles. Falls are also the second leading cause of injury-related... READ MORE

Explore Virginia’s African American sites

By: Glenda C. Booth

Perhaps surprisingly, “Virginia is home to the longest continuous experience of African American culture and life in the United States,” the state’s tourism agency touts. It is a journey of highs and lows, tragedies and triumphs. In a state that promotes its early devotion to democracy and human dignity through numerous Colonial and Revolutionary War sites, the landscape is riddled ... READ MORE

How to make your encore career count

By: Sandra Block

Marci Alboher is vice president of Encore.org, a nonprofit that encourages baby boomers to use their skills and experience to help their communities. She’s the author of The Encore Career Handbook: How to Make a Living and a Difference in the Second Half of Life. Here is an excerpt of a conversation with her from Kiplinger’s: Kiplinger: Are there particular fields that lend... READ MORE

Getting stronger can help prevent falls

By: Jim Miller

Dear Savvy Senior: I’ve fallen several times over the past year, and my doctor has recommended that I start a strength-training program to help prevent future falls. But at age 72, I’ve never lifted weights before and could use some help. What can you tell me?  — Looking for Help Dear Looking: Weak leg muscles and poor balance are two of the biggest factors that cause older ... READ MORE