"Beskind, who says she fantasized about being an inventor ever since she was a young girl growing up during the Great Depression, is now living her dream. Two years ago, Beskind joined IDEO -- a design firm perhaps best known for developing the first mouse for Apple.
Every Thursday, Beskind commutes from her retirement community to IDEO's Palo
Alto, Calif. offices, where she holds court on a couch surrounded by
fellow designers who are old enough to be her grandchildren, NPR reports.
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of Beskind's work aims to solve problems faced by the elderly. Some of
her inventions include wearable airbags intended to help break falls and
eyeglasses equipped with cameras and speakers to help users remember
peoples’ names. Beskind herself suffers from macular degeneration, a
vision condition, and many of her friends where she lives struggle with
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