Beacon Links & Apps – September 2018

By: Erin Yu and Barbara Ruben

Links Travel podcasts From Maine vacation spots to packing tips, the Associated Press’s free travel podcast “Get Outta Here!” offers short weekly conversations for both armchair travels and frequent flyers. Recent topics have touched on visiting Little Women author Louisa May Alcott’s Concord, Mass. home, when travel insurance is worth buying, and Disney trip tips. A year and a ... READ MORE

Staying healthy at home via telemedicine

By: Lauran Neergaard and Emily Swanson

Every morning, 92-year-old Sidney Kramer wraps a blood pressure cuff around his arm and steps on a scale, and readings of his heart health beam to a team of nurses — and to his daughter’s smartphone — miles from his Maryland home. Red flags? A nurse immediately calls, a form of telemedicine that is helping Kramer live independently by keeping his congestive heart failure under... READ MORE

Simple gadgets that can help older drivers

By: Jim Miller

Dear Savvy Senior: Are there any specific auto gadgets you can recommend that can help older drivers? Both of my parents are in their 80s and still pretty good drivers, but due to arthritis and age they’re very stiff, which causes them some driving problems.  — Researching Daughter Dear Researching: To help keep older drivers safe and prolong their driving years, there’s a... READ MORE

Beacon Links & Apps – August 2018

By: Erin Yu and Barbara Ruben

Links Helping you help others There are many online fundraising sites today, but CaringCrowd is distinctive because it is solely dedicated to raising money for global public health causes — from projects helping sick moms in Malawi, to repairing children’s hearts in India. More than $900,000 has been pledged to projects so far. Any nonprofit organization can submit a campaign idea... READ MORE

How Google aims to simplify your life

By: Ryan Nakashima and Mae Anderson

Google put the spotlight on its artificial intelligence smarts at its recent annual developers conference, announcing new consumer features aimed at simplifying your life. Many of the updates have a practical bent, designed to ease tasks such as composing emails, making lists, navigating city streets, and lessening the digital distractions that have increasingly addled people’s lives... READ MORE

Take steps to protect your Facebook data

By: Kaitlin Pitsker

Facebook is not getting a lot of likes these days. This spring, we learned that Cambridge Analytica, a data analytics and political consulting firm, gained access to the personal information of up to 87 million Facebook users. In the weeks that followed, Facebook’s stock plunged, founder Mark Zuckerberg testified before Congress, and lawmakers discussed regulating how tech giants... READ MORE