Never too old to code: Meet Japan’s 82-year-old app-maker

Source: https://youtu.be/BXnjNCX6Ai4

https://sg.news.yahoo.com/never-too-old-code-meet-japans-82-old-033639266.html

When 82-year-old Masako Wakamiya first began working she still used an abacus for maths — today she is one of the world’s oldest iPhone app developers, a trailblazer in making smartphones accessible for the elderly.

Frustrated by the lack of interest from the tech industry in engaging older people, she taught herself to code and set about doing it herself.

The over 60s, she insists, need to actively search out new skills to stay nimble.

“As you age, you lose many things: your husband, your job, your hair, your eyesight. The minuses are quite numerous. But when you learn something new, whether it be programming or the piano, it is a plus, it’s motivating,” she says.

“Once you’ve achieved your professional life, you should return to school. In the era of the internet, if you stop learning, it has consequences for your daily life,” Wakamiya explains during an AFP interview at her home near Tokyo.

Wakamiya says her ultimate goal is to come up with “other apps that can entertain older people and help transmit to young people the culture and traditions we old people possess”.

“Most old people have abandoned the idea of learning, but the fact that some are starting (again) is not only good for them but for the country’s economy,” said Wakamiya, who took up the piano at 75.

Hinting that her good health is down to an active mind and busy life, she adds: “I am so busy everyday that I have no time to look for diseases.”

Questions:

  • Why is it important to keep the brain active?
  • What are ways for people to keep their minds active?
  • What are some issues that are faced by older people?
  • Why is it important to engage older people?

Language Alters Our Experience Of Time, Scientists Find |IFLS

http://www.iflscience.com/brain/language-alters-our-experience-of-time/all/

For example, in Swedish, the word for future is framtid which literally means “front time”. Visualising the future as in front of us (and the past as behind us) is also very common in English. We look forward to the good times ahead and to leaving the past behind us.

But for speakers of Aymara (spoken in Peru), looking ahead means looking at the past. The word for future (qhipuru) means “behind time” – so the spatial axis is reversed: the future is behind, the past is ahead. The logic in Aymara appears to be this: we can’t look into the future just like we can’t see behind us. The past is already known to us, we can see it just like anything else that appears in our field of vision, in front of us.

In one study, Chinese-English bilinguals were asked to arrange pictures of a young, mature, and old Brad Pitt and Jet Li. They arranged the former horizontally, with the young Brad Pitt to the left and the old Brad Pitt to the right. But the same people arranged the pictures of Jet Li vertically, with young Jet Li appearing at the top and old Jet Li appearing at the bottom. It seems that culture and meaning form a tight bond as this context-dependent shift in behaviour shows.

Questions:

  • Has learning a different language changed the way you think?
  • Try an experiment – talk to a few people of similar background, except that one is monolingual, while others have differing abilities to speak other languages. Ask them the same question, for example, what hobbies are suitable for students. Do they respond differently?

The Science of Depression | AsapSCIENCE

Source: https://youtu.be/GOK1tKFFIQI

Questions:

  • Have you ever been depressed or do you know anyone who is or has been depressed? What was/is it like?
  • What are the reasons for depression?
  • How can depression be treated?
  • Where you come from, is there a stigma (prejudice or discrimination) towards people who suffer from depression or other mental illness? Why is this so? Is it justified?

A simple exercise from a mindfulness workshop developed at Google can help beat anxiety before it starts | Business Insider

Read here: http://www.businessinsider.sg/search-inside-yourself-how-to-beat-anxiety-before-it-starts-2016-11/?r=US&IR=T#CDKgJYr8SpvAyAxI.97

“Emotions are actually feelings in the body.”

Here’s how it works: Starting at the top of your head, check in with every part of your body and notice how it feels. Are your cheeks hot? Are your fists clenched? You might be experiencing anger. Or, is your heart pounding? Are your palms sweating? You might be experiencing anxiety.

This might seem like kindergarten stuff — everyone over the age of five knows what anger and anxiety feel like. But the point here is to catch the negative feeling while it’s still simmering, before it spirals out of control.

At SIY, we practiced the body scan for 15 minutes, though you can easily do a 10-second version. Either way, use it as an opportunity to notice what’s going on in your body and get curious about it. What might you be feeling and why? Simply labeling the emotion, and accepting it, can decrease its intensity.

Questions:

  • Do you often feel anxious? Why? What are some ways to calm yourself down?
  • Do you think this tip will work for you? Why (not)?