Social connections are more important than ever as we age

OASIS founder Marylen Mann shares a story from a chance meeting

A conversation at a wedding reminded me how much we all need to be connected. The father of the bride asked me if it was true that I started OASIS. I answered, and then he said, "I want to thank you for keeping my father alive for the last 20 years of his life."
Friday, August 29, 2014/Guest Author| Profile/Number of views (4463)/Comments (-)/

"I always rejoice in the little accomplishments"

Tutor Carol Gabbert celebrates her students' success

When Carol Gabbert began tutoring 18 years ago, she had no idea how much it would impact her life. After years of working as a preschool teacher when her children were young, Carol wanted to try something different when a friend suggested she become an OASIS Intergenerational Tutor. She looks forward to each new year and the adventures that lie ahead.
Wednesday, August 27, 2014/Jennifer| Profile/Number of views (5833)/Comments (-)/

Take your brain out for a spin now and then ... it will thank you

Wellness with Cindy

It weighs only three pounds yet it is the control center of our body, the human brain. Studies have suggested that like physical fitness, brain fitness can help improve creativity, relaxation and boost your memory. So how can we exercise our brain?
Tuesday, August 26, 2014/Cindy Sue| Profile/Number of views (3660)/Comments (-)/
Categories: Health

Think no one sees your resume? You may be right.

Resumes often fail to pass the software scan. Here's how to pass the barrier.

Traditional thought about resumes sometimes focuses on a great visual appearance, something that makes them look professional and appealing in hopes of making the person wading through the pile stop and look. The truth is, large companies use software to weed through thousands, even millions of resumes, and those fancy resumes can guarantee failure.
Thursday, August 21, 2014/Ken Charvoz| Profile/Number of views (8104)/Comments (-)/
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Google photo sphere comes to iOS

App for iPhone and iPad takes stunning immersive photos

Google photo sphere might just change the way you take pictures. Gone is the traditional frame, replaced by an immersive 360 degree sky-to-earth photo. And now it's available for the iPhone and iPad.
Thursday, August 21, 2014/Ken Charvoz| Profile/Number of views (6653)/Comments (-)/
Categories: Technology

An experiment in laughter

Wellness with Cindy

“There is one thing in this good old world that is positively sure—happiness is for all who strive to be happy—and those who laugh are happy." The quote is from Hollywood icon, Douglas Fairbanks, from his book Laugh and Live.Though published in 1917, the sentiments expressed in the book are timeless. Laughter is good for you!
Tuesday, August 19, 2014/Cindy Sue| Profile/Number of views (4976)/Comments (-)/
Categories: Health
Join the fun today!

Join the fun today!

You can help children learn good eating and physical activity habits for a lifetime

Be part of a team and help children in grades K-5 learn fun ways to be active and eat healthy.
Monday, August 18, 2014/Chris| Profile/Number of views (800)/Comments (-)/
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New school year excitement never fades, even long after graduation

OASIS tutors channel their good memories into helping kids today

This time of year I can’t help but start thinking about going back to school, and how much I looked forward to that when I was a kid. OASIS tutors have many reasons for both choosing to tutor, AND where they want to tutor. Perhaps they want to complete the circle, and come back to their neighborhood school. 
Monday, August 18, 2014/Jeanne Foster| Profile/Number of views (5795)/Comments (-)/
New courses and updates

New courses and updates

PowerPoint and Excel courses are now available for partner download, iOS 8 and Windows 9 on the horizon

Hot off the press! PowerPoint 2013 (includes PowerPoint 2010), Excel Online and PowerPoint Online. iOS 8 release due soon, I think it's going to be the best yet! Rumors say that Windows 9 will preview in a few months.
Friday, August 15, 2014/Ken Charvoz| Profile/Number of views (9870)/Comments (-)/
Categories: Course updates

Turning on closed captions and subtitles on iOS and Android

Here is what you need to know about this accessibility technology and how to use it

Subtitles, closed captions, SDH (Subtitles for the Deaf and Hard of hearing) are accessibilty technologies that interpret video for those with hearing loss. This article explains the differences and shows you how to turn them on either an Android or iOS device.
Thursday, August 14, 2014/Ken Charvoz| Profile/Number of views (8583)/Comments (-)/
Categories: Technology

Food safety is no joke

Wellness with Cindy

It was a long-standing joke in my family that when you took something out of the fridge you checked the expiration date. Many items went in the trashcan and my mother would be upset that food was wasted. Joking aside, food-borne illnesses are a serious public health threat that affects millions of Americans each year. Here's what you can do to help avoid them.
Wednesday, August 13, 2014/Cindy Sue| Profile/Number of views (4288)/Comments (-)/
Categories: Health

Instagram update: toolbox additions!

New Creative Tools

Instagram has updated its app with some new tools and more control over the whole process. Here's a quick rundown of the new features and how to use them.
Tuesday, August 12, 2014/Ken Charvoz| Profile/Number of views (7747)/Comments (-)/
Categories: Technology

Getting healthy by giving back

The perfect volunteer opportunity is out there for you!

I don’t need research to tell me that volunteering improves the health of adults ages 50 and older; I see it every day at OASIS. Older adults who volunteer are more likely to maintain strength and functional ability, or the ability to perform every day activities, which is key to maintaining independence.
Tuesday, August 12, 2014/Sarah Lovegreen| Profile/Number of views (5575)/Comments (-)/
Categories: HealthVolunteering

Facebook launches Nearby Friends feature

Here's what you need to know about the new location-sharing feature

Facebook has launched Nearby Friends, a new feature that shares your location with your Facebook friends, and shows you where your friends are as well. Here are the details of the new feature, including how to opt-in and set it up.
Monday, August 11, 2014/Ken Charvoz| Profile/Number of views (7298)/Comments (-)/
Categories: Technology

Skype course update

Lots of changes in the new course manual

Skype has made some big changes, including adding free group chat and abandoning Windows 7 phone support. The new course manual addresses lots of these changes.
Saturday, August 09, 2014/Ken Charvoz| Profile/Number of views (6620)/Comments (-)/
Categories: Course updates
Tags: Skype