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Interview with Barbara Beskind
  • Jan 01, 2017
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Interview with Barbara Beskind

Meet Barbara Beskind, a 93-year-old designer who uses age to her advantage by inventing products that improve the quality of life for older people.

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    Germany to fund Israeli center on healthy aging

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    • Nov 14, 2019

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    • Nov 13, 2019

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    • Nov 12, 2019

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    • Nov 12, 2019

    Women's pensions in Finland one-fifth smaller than men's

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    • Nov 12, 2019

    Aging-in-place technology challenging builders of elderly living facilities in U.K.

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    • Nov 11, 2019

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