The Administration on Aging's Elderpage
Here's a powerful resource and good launching point for a journey into the Web
in search of government agencies and services. The page includes links to the
AOA's Eldercare Locator, health and health services, Medicare and Medicaid,
financial planning, medicines, housing, Social Security, becoming a US citizen
and more. There's an abundance of useful information here.
The term 'ThirdAge' is derived from the European concept of a Third Age - an
extended period of active adulthood that starts in the early 50s. If you like to talk on-line, Thirdage could be
the place. This site is a maze of discussion groups on a range of subjects,
such as finance, health and entertainment. Experts adjudicate on-line
discussions which are scheduled in advance. Thirdage also has an "explore"
area where you'll find web site reviews under headings like "Healthy Living"
and "News and Opinion." This is a helpful collection of links, and the reviews
could save you some surfing time. In its "marketplace," Thirdage offers a
similar set of links for on-line shoppers looking for flowers, cards,
holidays... even real-estate.
SeniorCom also has chat rooms (with an on-line shorthand dictionary) on a wide
range of topics. Read a short set of rules, join up and jump right in. One of
SeniorCom's stronger features is a well-planned set of links quaintly laid out
around an image of a town square. Click on City Hall for government
information, or the travel agent for travel sites. Other areas include a
"Senior News Network" page with descriptions and links to magazines aimed at
people over 50. SeniorCom also has a Money Club for financial information, and
a Lifestyles area that looks at housing problems and retirement communities.
For an overview of the site, go to SeniorCom's clearly laid out site map.
The American Association of Retired Persons
This site is focused on senior issues. The AARP wants you to stand up for your
rights as a senior citizen on Medicare, managed care and Social Security
issues. From these pages you can read the facts and current debates, and get
the email address of someone you can write to with your opinion. This site is
required reading for those interested in the politics and public policy issues
of getting older.
Explore the Internet
Trying to find out about the Internet? The Library of Congress' 'Explore the
Internet' page is a good starting point. Here you can learn about the Internet,
how to use it, its history and growth and how it works. It gives a list of
search engines and has links to tutorials and other internet information. It
also has a list of government sites.
While you're in the Library of Congress, have a look around. You can access
America's history in text, photos, film and sound. Listen to Calvin Coolidge
talking about equal rights. Or go to an exhibition. It's not every day you
visit the Library of Congress... but this web site offers that option.
If you're looking for computer training, Seniornet is a non-profit organization
that aims to give computing skills to seniors. The organization runs seminars
for seniors across the country (at their web site you will find a list of their
local offices). Senior Net also has an interesting range of interactive
discussion groups on over 200 topics of special interest to seniors.
Introduction to Web Surfing for Senior Adults.
The Oregon Museum of Science and Industry has an Introduction to Web Surfing
for Senior Adults. Dashing through OMSI's four sessions won't take you long
and will give you the basic skills to use browsers and email, whatever your
age. Although many of the links are for Portland people, others are of use to
everyone. For example: http://odin.cc.pdx.edu/~psu01435/newbie.html
offers glossaries of computer terms and http://www.liszt.com/ offers email lists for discussions on hundreds of subjects. If you're not getting
enough email - why not get on a list?
An Atlas of Cyberspaces
To find out more about how the Web works and what it looks like, go to
University College London's Atlas of Cyberspaces. This site shows off the
fruits of various researchers' map-making journeys across the web. The result
is a colorful collection of geographic and abstract maps of cyberspace. This
bizarre and intriguing material will amaze artists and nerds alike.
HOTLINKS - Newspaper Association of America
Here's a way to keep in touch with your old hometown! This web site must be
the most exhaustive collection of links to newspapers on the web: just pick a
state from the map and then choose your newspaper. There's everything from
The Birmingham News in Alabama to the
Wyoming Tribune-Eagle, and taking in
The New York Times somewhere along the way.
Then surf on around the world (testing your language skills) from
Aftenposten (Oslo, Norway) to
Yamanashi Nichi-Nichi (Japan). You may
be late for dinner.
This list of web sites for the networks and major broadcasters in the US runs
from ABC to the Weather Channel. The networks have dense, colorful sites that
focus on up-to-the minute news.
The MIT List of Radio Stations on the Internet
Here's a collection of links giving information about over 4000 radio stations
worldwide! If your radio sounds a little fuzzy, type in the name of your city
or state to get a list of local stations and their frequencies.
Alternatively, click on "Bitcasters" for links to 362 US stations broadcasting
on the Web. Plus there are links to 431 international stations broadcasting
on the web. Another good site for linking up to live broadcasts of a range
of radio stations is Timecast.
The Social Security Administration
This site is the place to go for information on benefits and who qualifies for
them. You can find out how much you have paid into Social Security and
estimate your future benefits. You'll also find useful guidelines on
frequently asked questions - such as how to replace you social security card.
There's also a useful page of links to other government sites, including the
Quicken.com offers advice on making the most of your money. This updated site
covers mortgages, debt, savings, banking and borrowing information. For
example, it's a place to find out the 'top five highest 6-month CD rates in
the nation.' You can check stock prices on-line, search for undervalued
companies, and at the bottom of the page are links to six of the major on-line
traders, should you be brave enough to put your money where your mouse is.
There are message boards and chat rooms for financial pundits and beginners
The US Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation
This government corporation seeks to reunite people with pensions they have
earned, but have not claimed. To date, they claim to have found over a
thousand "lost" pensions. You can search a directory by name, state or company
to find the pension you've been looking for. It is a user-friendly site and
informative. Good luck!
The Motley Fool
One of the most popular online investment sites. David Gardner and his
brother Tom, started this web site in 1993; it now features a news center, a
database of information about individual stocks, and for those less sure of
themselves, an investors school. The site has Realaudio webcasts, so you can
listen to the Gardners chatting away about the market as you surf around.
There's is a lot here to learn about investing and it's done with some flair.
SeniorLaw is another of those home-made sites that presents some serious
information with a light hand. New York based lawyer David Goldfarb, 50, puts
the site together to make general information about Elder Law available to
seniors, their families and attorneys. You'll find information on Medicare,
Medicaid, estate planning, trusts and the rights of the elderly and disabled.
The site also has a list of Elder Law attorneys who have web pages in other
states. This is a friendly, family site. If you want a moment away from the
serious stuff, check out what Goldfarb's son is up to.
Court TV's Elder Law
This site offers a collection of legal help information and contacts. 'Legal
Help' pages give lists of national and state agencies that offer legal advice
to seniors. The site also has dense documentation on Medicare and Medigap,
Pension Plans, Social Security and information on wills and trusts. This is a
no-nonsense site that is easy to navigate and full of useful material.
The Health Care Financing Administration
This agency administers Medicare and Medicaid. In addition to information on
who is eligible for benefits, you'll find information on what government
Healthfinder, The Department of Health and Human Services
Click on 'Healthfinder' to access a directory of health information. A simple
search page allows you to select a medical condition to research, or, to obtain
a list of information and organizations available on the Web that may provide
answers to your questions. This is an extraordinarily powerful database, but
very easy to use.
The National Health Information Center
This group tries to link people with the health organizations that can assist
them. They offer a list of toll-free telephone numbers for organizations that
provide health information. You can either browse through the list of
organizations or search the list for a particular institute or topic. Then
pick up the phone.
Family Caregiver Alliance
This San Francisco- based organization has a very well laid out site which aims
to provide caregivers with general information and news as well as more
practical advice on how to find day care services and support groups. The site
has an uncomplicated area dealing with health issues, an on-line support group
and a section on legislative policy concerning family caregivers.
Elderhostel is a non-profit organization that arranges educational trips in the
United States and Canada for people over 55. Trips might last a week or two
weeks, and are often based at a university. Studies are associated with the
local area and could include anything from anthropology and biology to
photography and literature. Browse through a catalogue of upcoming programs,
or join a mailing list and get your catalogue in the post. You can also read
testimonials from former hostelers - a good way to see what this is all
For the more adventurous, the Canadian company Eldertreks offers 50+ travelers
trips to Asia, South America and other destinations. Trips are given an
activity rating and you can click on a country name to get a paragraph of
exquisite itinerary details such as "From the Grand Palace to the River Kwai;
on jungle rafts or elephants." The site includes trip journals giving an
interesting idea of what you might expect on such a journey, and, of course,
information on how to book. This site is worth a visit even if you've no
intention of riding an elephant.
This is one of the most famous places on the Internet. If you don't have time
for Paris this year, travel to the Louvre via the web! The Louvre has been
collecting art for two hundred years, so there is plenty to see here, including
famous pieces such as the Mona Lisa and the Venus de Milo. The site is neatly
planned and easy to find your way around. The only problem - you won't want to
Asianart.com focuses on Asian art worldwide and is quite wonderful. The site
lists collections and marketplaces of Asian art, and carries photographs and
information on hundreds of artifacts. See sculptures, paintings, textiles and
photographs from Nepal, Tibet, India, Mongolia, and China. You can wander round
a museum, stop in at a gallery where items are for sale or read from a
collection of articles. The site is easy to navigate, so you can relax,
wander and feast your eyes.
The New England Aquarium
For natural history, The New England Aquarium is a wonderful place to start
your journey. The site gives you information about the aquarium, and takes you
on a virtual whale watch and helicopter ride across Boston. But the strength
of this site is in its list of hundreds of links to zoos, aquariums and
environmental organizations across America. Environmentalists, click here.
There are numerous sites about food on the Web, Epicurious is among the best
known. The site boasts 7,500 recipes, and advice on drinks to go with them.
Epicurious also has a database of 1001 chef's tips, like how to keep pasta
moist when you reheat it. You can also find reviews of the latest cookbooks.
And if you've had enough of eating at home - there's a travel section.
Indianharvest.com serves up a link to a different food site every day. The site
also has an archive that goes back to January 1997. If you have a few minutes
to surf around, you'll find sites ranging from truly mouthwatering, through
intriguing, to completely ridiculous.
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