Enjoy our collection of best senior sites on the Internet. Keep posted for updates and email us any that we missed.
The next generation of older Americans is likely to make a much bigger contribution to the economy than conventional wisdom would have you believe. If society can tap into seniors’ capabilities, employers will benefit, growth and living standards will rise, and the financing woes of Medicare and Social Security will be easier to solve.
– Business Week, cover story, June 27, 2005
Suddenly Senior’s Best Senior Sites
A site that offers disabled travelers a great resource for finding good accessible travel information.
The place to go when you’re unemployed and looking. Here’s help with everything from writing a new resume to turning your passion into a business. Good and current discussion board, useful links page.
ALSO OF INTEREST TO SENIOR JOB SEEKERS…
The U.S. Government’s Official Site for Employment Information; The Chronicle is the No.1 news source for college and university faculty members and administrators
International job opportunities for professionals, expatriates and adventure seekers; Tropical Jobs-Caribbean Jobs Listings; Cruise Line Jobs; Travel Jobs Net; Work On A Cruise Ship Many Great Jobs; and http://www.findjobsnet.com/
Entertainment and Casino Jobs; Working While Camping; RVing information including articles, classifieds, camper’s forum, jobs available and job seekers, newsletter, and much more.
Aging, National Institute
This government site is of special interest as it has an easily navigated presentation on diseases like Alzheimer’s, arthritis and diabetes.
Another alternative to AARP is the National Committee to Preserve Social Security and Medicare. Ten G Street, Suite 600 Washington, D.C. 20002-4317 1800 966 1935. $10 annual. National. About 5 million members.
With so much of today’s news filtered through the limited viewpoints of huge corporations, the following often give readers a refreshingly different take. TruthOut, one of the best sites to see what’s really happening; AlterNet, top stories from the independent news & syndication service; U.S. Politics Today is a great place for progressive thinkers. Retired Americans.
Beyond Mainstream is Joan Boccafola’s progressive online magazine providing a forum for activism, creativity, and self-discovery. Features include politics, arts, health & spirituality, lifestyle options, and offbeat humor.
Also, there’s US Action, the nation’s largest progressive activist organization; KaiserNet, the very latest on health policy from all over; Mad Kane, humor columnist; The Rational Radical, radical short takes about politics and culture; CounterPunch; Wonkett!; and Talking Points Memo
Ask Mr. Modem
Mr. Modem, aka Richard Sherman, gives lots of computer tips and tricks, answers to oft-asked questions, everything aimed at senior computer users. “Mr. Modem’s Desktop” appears in seniors papers around the country.
Bargains for Suddenly Senior Comparison Shoppers
Here are some of the price comparison Websites, many of which will search the Internet for the cheapest price on whatever it is you want to buy.
Bizrate.com; DealTime.com; Epinions.com; MySimon.com; Nextag.com; Price.com; PriceGrabber.com; PriceScan.com. Bargains from all over are at FatWallet.com
A free, easy-to-use service that identifies federal and state assistance programs for older Americans. Enter information about your financial situation into an online questionnaire. Then, BenefitsCheckUp explains what benefit programs you may be eligible for and how to apply for them. Completely confidential. Recommended by Suddenly Senior readers.
Also, see Health Insurance Quotes Wiz for free health insurance quotes from nationwide providers.
Best Cash Cow
This site helps seniors who have much of their assets in interest-bearing funds, to make the most of their money. Just started a year ago, the site has really picked up momentum over the last few months, as rates have gone up. That’s because it is dedicated to being THE FIRST place on the Web to post the very latest savings account interest rates and rates for other cash equivalent accounts.
Better Business Bureau Alerts
Warns against scams targeting seniors. Shopping tips. Tips for wise giving.
BLOGGING FOR FUN!
Basically, a Blog is a weblog that’s updated regularly, sometimes daily, with the most recent entry posted at the top. Usually, there’s a calendar on the right-hand side of the page where you can click on past dates to read older entries. Thousands of seniors have them — to let the family know what they’re doing, to sound off to the world about what’s happening out their and what they think about it.
- Seach for blog sites at http://www.bloglines.com to find blogs that interest you.
- Now, go to http://www.blogger.com, or http://www.typepad.com and create your portal into the land of blogs.
Here are some software sites that are helpful:
- Radio Userland: Suitable for personal or business use, it’s easy to use but also has advanced features for the more savvy user. There’s a 30-day trial available so you can download it to try it out. If you like it, purchase it for only $39.95.
- Blogger: Owned by Google. If you’d like to test the “blogging waters”, this free service makes it a snap to set up your first Blog. Easy to register and you can start posting immediately. If you download Google’s latest toolbar, you’ll find a Blogger button included, which makes it easy to add sites to your Blog with one click as you surf the Web.
- TypePad: A very powerful hosted weblogging service with a rich set of features. A basic weblog, including the ability to display images and enable comments, will run you $4.95 a month. If you register for a year, you’ll save almost $10.00 in fees. If you need more features, there’s a Plus account for $8.95 a month or Pro.
A free, bright and lively monthly online journal by, for and about wise elders. Now into its fifth year of publication. Based in Melbourne, Australia (hence the title, which means ‘excellent’) Bonzer! is run entirely by volunteer editors, artists, and writers. It has no money so can’t pay anyone anything. Its readers come from Australia, Canada, Holland, India, New Zealand, UK, and the USA. Winner of the coveted GrayPow Award (as was Suddenly Senior). Check it out, for there’s always something new and different there.
Brazen Hussie is decidedly off center (not off-color) — satire, gossip, and humor a la Mae West served up with a subtextual homage to the golden days of Hollywood.
The Hussies expound two main philosophies:
- “Live, Live, Live!” — Auntie Mame
- “Age doesn’t matter unless you are cheese.” — Dorothy Parker.
What would a seniors’ list of sites be without some good old-fashioned music? Oregonian Buck Howdy has a great voice and a funny Website. Check it out and you’ll hear good, wholesome music from “Don’t Fence Me In” to “Alley Oop.”
BuzzFlash, out of Chicago, provides headlines, news, and commentary for a geographically-diverse, politically-savvy, pro-democracy, anti-hypocrisy web audience, reaching 3.5 million visitors a month and growing.
These sites offer highly discounted prescription medications filled in Canada to citizens of the United States. Many seniors are able to save hundreds of dollars a month.
Canadian Senior Years
An online community with content of interest to Canadians over 50. Canadian Senior Years features up-to-date news feeds, hundreds of Canadian site links, games, columns, discussion boards, e-mail pals section, a memorial listing, articles and much more.
Also, the CAREGIVER’S BILL OF RIGHTS is the perfect gift for every overworked caregiver you know. So many never think of themselves. This gives them permission. Suitable for framing.
Cash-In on Life Insurance
Thanks to recently enacted laws, many senior citizens have access to a new source of cash – their life insurance policies. Just like your house, car, or stocks and bonds, life insurance policies can now be sold for cash. First and foremost is Insurance4USA, the sponsor of an informative page about Viaticals and Life Settlements.
CHECKING UP ON CONGRESS
See what your Congressman takes in legal bribes:
There’s an excellent “Money in Politics” database and MoneyLine sponsored by the Congressional Quarterly:
See how your Congressman voted: http://www.congress.org/congressorg/home/
Track Legislation Online: http://thomas.loc.gov/
Holding Power Accountable: http://www.commoncause.org/
National Taxpayers Union: http://www.ntu.org/main/
What you pay for Congress: http://www.pbs.org/now/politics/congbenefits.html
Find and e-mail your officials in both Federal and State governments
Perhaps the best place on the Internet to learn the truth about what’s going on, stuff you won’t see elsewhere. Subscribe!
Where do newspaper guys and gals go after they retire from the city room? Some of those ol’ geezers and geezerines regenerate at “The Columnists,” a website marinated in nostalgia, steeped in humor and spiked frequently with their viewpoints on current issues. Three of “The Columnists” actually tapped their first typewriter keys for the same Santa Cruz (Calif.) High School newspaper: Ron Miller (Class of ’56), Chuck McFadden (’55) and Len Klempnauer (’54).
In this day of no discernible “customer service,” it helps to know how to complain. And to whom. Those sites that we had linked in the early days, unfortunately, have disappeared. The Better Business Bureau used to be a big help; I’ve been disappointed with them lately. CallForAction if you want to get ABC News TV station involved.
Problems with your health insurance provider?
InsuranceNightmare can be a good place to start for patient advocacy. Also, PatientsArePowerful and Patient Advocate Foundation will help empower you.
If you’re lucky enough to be a Macintosh senior, like me, I’m told DealMac.com is a good place to shop. Readers have recommended Mr. Modem for a newsletter (not free, but you get to look at a sample) and his senior book on computing.
Also, Tips for the Awkward Age of Computing from Microsoft discusses the effects of age-related difficulties with vision, hearing, and dexterity. Excellent if you’re having any problems.
Easy Computer Academy
Experience visual online computer training in simple English. A blog that explains in simple to understand methods, a way that you can learn to use your computer without getting frustrated.
Congress of California Seniors
Seniors in Action. The Congress of California Seniors takes stands on issues of importance to mid-life and older persons and their families. CCS is affiliated with the National Council of Senior Citizens (NCSC), which advocates at the national level on issues affecting mid-life and older persons. NCSC was instrumental in passing the original Medicare legislation.
Allen Duffis’ excellent site takes a conservative look at politics, war, and threats to our democracy, giving a historical perspective few offers in this day and age. No matter your political leanings, check him out. As Duffis says, “Truth, justice, and morality have no political affiliation.”
Crone – Elder – Wise Woman
We have lost our respect for the wisdom and understanding of age. This site contributes to reestablishing a reverence and appreciation for the elders in our society.
Senior Match helps discover if your lost love, ex-girlfriend or ex-boyfriend wants to reunite in this confidential, mutual-consent Registry. Registration’s free! To search, it costs $20 for three months.
PlentyOfFish.com is a completely free site, where you can post your profile, search for others, and contact them directly. Also has forums with dating advice. Not the prettiest or flashiest site, it does have a very large membership, so the chances of finding someone compatible in your area is good. Editor tested and recommended!
OKcupid.com is a completely free site, where you can post your profile, search for others and contact them directly. Visually attractive site, it offers the member the ability to answer questions and take tests to improve your “match-ability”. Editor tested and recommended!
Tired of telemarketers? Registering your telephone number with the National “Do Not Call” Registry will stop most telemarketing calls. You may register with the “Do Not Call” Registry online at DoNotCall.gov or by telephone at 1.888.382.1222 or 1.866.290.4236 (TTY). Once you register your telephone number(s) with the Federal Trade Commission (FTC), it will take 31 days for the updated list to be circulated before you notice a reduction in telemarketing calls. Unfortunately, telephone calls from political organizations, charities, telephone surveyors or companies with which you have an existing business relationship are exempt from the FTC’s enforcement activities.
DRUG ADVICE/ DRUG CARDS
Various drug store chains and pharmaceutical companies are now providing discount drug cards for those seniors without any insurance for prescribed medicines. Much of this is in flux right now (May 2007).
PATIENT ASSISTANT PROGRAMS ARE BEST SEEN AT SUDDENLY SENIOR’S DRUG ASSISTANCE PAGE.
For generic drugs, compare Costco with all others. I find them far cheaper, often a third or less of what Walgreen’s charges. Also, look at Physician.com for inexpensive generics and good health and medical information.
Pill Identification It can be hard to identify a pill if you’ve lost the container. Pillbox, from the National Library of Medicine, can help you quickly and easily identify unknown pills. Search by shape, color, size, and more. Once you’ve identified the pill, you can also find drug information and labels.
Veterans will find lots of good information about VA eligibility, etc. at VA Health Benefits & Services.
RxList features what one pharmacist wrote me “a wealth of information about the drugs readers take.”
Can’t afford medication? Check out NeedyMeds
NeedyMeds is a national non-profit that has information on programs that help people who can’t afford their medications and health care costs. The site data on over 5000 programs and over 10,000 free/low-cost/sliding-scale clinics. They also offer a free drug discount card that’s accepted at over 60,000 pharmacies. The card offers a discount ranging from nothing to 80% on prescription drugs, over-the-counter drugs, and medical supplies when written on a prescription form, and pet prescription drugs purchased at a pharmacy.
Elder Law Answers
A good resource for estate planning, Medicare and Medicaid, long-term care and other elder law issues.
• US President – [email protected]
• US Vice President – [email protected]
• The Pope – [email protected]
• Contact your Senator – http://www.senate.gov/senators/senator_by_state.cfm
• Links to Central Government Agencies – http://www.firstgov.gov/
Also called Green Thumb. The oldest government employment, training and community service program for disadvantaged mature Americans. Over the last three decades, nearly half a million low-income older workers have participated in, and been helped by, the program. They say that more than one-third of their participants, as a result of their experience on Green Thumb community service
Fairness & Accuracy In Reporting
Seniors are the media’s biggest fans. We read, care, and believe, perhaps too much. FAIR, the national media watch group, has been offering well-documented criticism of media bias and censorship since 1986. A good place to go at least once a month to see just how accurate Corporate Media is handling the news.
Touted by the Wall Street Journal as seniors’ favorite genealogy site, who better to learn from and listen to than the Mormons, keepers of this place.
So many Suddenly Senior reader’s families now have their own unique Websites, it’s time we recognized them.
Starting with Dee Mattia’s Mattia Family Website, complete with an ongoing poetry competition.
Fathom – The source for online learning
Reader recommended. Fathom offers you online courses and other resources for online learning including free seminars, lectures, articles and reference from the world’s most trusted sources of knowledge.
FirstGov for Seniors
Links to government-sponsored services and organizations of interest to seniors. A good place to start any federal government search.
(Journal of) Fixed Income
So many of us seniors are on a fixed income. The Journal of Fixed Income provides technical, sophisticated research in bonds: mortgage-backed securities, high yield bonds, futures and options, municipal and global bonds, corporate and asset-backed securities. Industry experts offer penetrating analysis on fixed income structuring, asset allocation, performance measurement, risk management and more.
Recommended by readers for readers who need to get organized around the house and get rid of clutter. Very funny and useful.
Full Court Press (The)
This online weekly magazine began publishing July 31, 2006. The FCP is, in the words of its publisher, editor, and friend of Suddenly Senior, Bernard Levy, “devoted to unique literary style, humor, and serious contemporary commentary. Its recurring features include “The Inane Asylum” (Congress), “Hidden Stories” (those not covered or only marginally covered by mainstream media), “Pet Advice,” “The Mediocre Housekeeper” and hard-hitting commentary on business, politics, government and world issues.
The Wall Street Journal says this is golden agers’ most favorite electronic greeting card site. It’s pretty good. Take a look. Unfortunately, there are far too many pop-ups getting in the way.
Games for Seniors
Online Games for Seniors — Jigsaws, games, puzzles and more www.onlinegamesforseniors.com
Also, the Jewish Federation of Metropolitan Detroit’s site (http://www.thisisfederation.org/links/links.asp?vCat=family) sent me to Zigzagworld (http://www.zigzagworld.com/games/home.htm), which has “Jewish games” — suitable for Chanukah, Purim, and so forth.
Of course, there’s nothing to say that older adults aren’t going to the same sites as younger gamers. Good starting points: multiplayer online game directory (http://www.mpogd.com) and Yahoo Games (http://games.yahoo.com)
Generations On Line
“Devoted to Internet literacy and access for the paper generation.” Here is a simplified version of the Medicare discount-drug-card sign-up.
GOOGLE (Search Engines)
Considered by most to be the best search engine on the Web, certainly the place to start any search. Also, get addresses and phone numbers by typing in: phonebook: (person’s name and two-letter state code). For stock prices, write: stock: (symbol). On Aug. 18, 2003, The Wall Street Journal recommended that Teoma, or Ask Jeeves, finds communities, which is actually better than Google’s model. AltaVista is similarly useful. AltaVista also has a remarkably efficient language translation system.
As of June 2004, Google is about to go public with its stock and the experts are looking closely at similar sites. Here are a couple more: Wikipedia is an online encyclopedia, the work of 6,000 volunteers covering a huge range of subjects. Answers.com is a good place for information.
Searching for how the President is doing in the polls? Here are 10 polls showing his ups and downs.
A topnotch website for single women over fifty that explores singles issues, relationships, self-esteem, and life management.
A guide to finding just about everything on the Internet a grandma or grandpa could want, from apparel to wine. Also helpful stuff on how to stretch your dollars, free catalogs, inspirational tales.
OTHER INTERESTING GRANDPARENTING SITES:
Articles, gift ideas, and interactive forum are at AARP’s Grandparent Information Center; A terrific book, “Grandloving: Making Memories With Your Grandchildren.” Order at its website
Doris Haddock, alias Granny D, is the 93-year-old retired secretary from New Hampshire who walked 3,200 miles across the country in 1999-2000 to bring attention to the need for campaign finance reform. A true American hero. Her site is a “must read” for patriots. Also, read Frank’s “Ready to Throw in the Towel?”
Travel advice for seniors. Provides free weekly magazine articles on grandchildren, alternative healthcare, sexuality, relationships, unusual travel opportunities, personality profiles with people like Ann Landers, Walter Cronkite and BB King, healthful recipes, finance, and more. “Serving savvy seniors since 1995.”
Reader Lynn Rousseau suggests this very useful site for the hard of hearing, their spouses and friends. As Lynn says, “It is a National non-profit organization based out of Bethdesa MA. and there are chapters in Canada too! The hardest part of this organization is that many people still do not know about it even though it has been around for 21 years! Hearing loss is an invisible “condition” (I refuse to call it handicap). and visual means is the best way to get communication across.”
DRUG SIDE EFFECTS
Public Citizen’s searchable online drug database providing comprehensive information on 538 prescription drugs and warns of 181 that are unsafe or ineffective.
sideeffectshub.com is run by pharmacist Kevin Clarke. SideEffectshub.com provides helpful and accurate consumer health information about the side effects that typically arise from the use of prescription or over the counter drugs and medications, natural or health supplements and even certain types of food.
Here is a new (2012) place for senior citizens to find information on the Web about diseases and disorders of older adults. “Aging in the Know: Your Gateway to Health and Aging Resources on the Web” is based on the professional education programs of the American Geriatric Society.
Get doctor ratings for a nominal charge at Health Grades Inc. Hospital ratings are done by Medicare and posted here. Also, Leap Frog Group, an employer coalition, rates hospitals on safety measures, such as using procedures that prevent medical mistakes.
Information and products for a healthier life. Rated #1 health content site and #1 online pharmacy by Gomez Web Star. Includes up-to-date health news, library, fitness and nutrition advice, drug and herb info, and online drugstore.
Healthoopedia, recommended by Suddenly Senior readers, provides a medical and health consumer information resource containing comprehensive and unbiased information in patient-friendly language from trusted sources on over 1,500 health topics, 70 focussed health centers, and more than 11,000 drugs and medications.
And Dr. David WilliamsRecommended by several Suddenly Senior readers, this informative site is about prevention and alternative methods for good health. As one reader said, “I believe the only cure for the terrible cost of pharmaceuticals is the gradual replacement of them with alternative methods.” Check out Hugh Mann, The Patient-Doctor, too. It’s a health education website that clarifies and simplifies health in a new way.
Homes and Communities / HUD
Looking for housing options for yourself, an aging parent, relative, or friend? Do some research first to determine what kind of assistance or living arrangement you need; what your health insurance might cover; and what you can afford. Then check here for financial assistance resources and guides for making the right choice. Talk to a HUD-approved housing counselor if you have questions about your situation. See also www.senioroutlook.com and www.elderlivingsource.com
Assisted Living is a type of elderly care that offers a level of attention and independence between those offered by nursing homes (which land on the higher end of the spectrum) and independent living (which would fall on the lower end). Visit site for more information: www.assistedlivinghistory.com
HOSPICE, PREPARING FOR DEATH
We hate talking about it. But every one of us needs to know some of this sooner or later. The Hospice Foundation of America has many resources including enabling you to locate a hospice. For resources for end-of-life healthcare issues, including the establishment of health care proxies and advance directives, check these out: US Living Will Registry; Cornell Medical College Div. of Medical Ethics;
This tool provides you with information on how well the hospitals in your area care for all their adult patients with various medical conditions. This information will help you compare the quality of care hospitals provide. Or call 1-800.633.4227.
The Web’s Source for Humor. Over 10,000 Jokes And Pics. The Web’s Largest Interactive Humor Community.
This site is dedicated to helping people recover from and learn about Identity Theft. Seniors are especially targeted by this fast-growing crime.
I Don’t Feel 50
‘I don’t feel 50’ was the UK’s first site for silver surfers. A glorious mess of humor, campaigning journalism, gossip, trivia, and shamelessly opinionated ranting. It all looks….. pretty awful actually, all the stories are displayed in a single sprawling column, while the text colors seem to have been picked at random in the dark while blindfolded. But somehow, it doesn’t really matter and more importantly, it is very much in keeping with the site. Which is bold, bald – and strangely beautiful.
I hate to encourage more flotsom on the Internet seas, but this site is very popular with seniors as it allows you to embellish your e-mail with all sorts of animation. Cute. Windows only
Myeloma is literally an “oma,” or tumor, involving the “myelo,” or blood-producing cells in the bone marrow. The cells that are affected are plasma cells (a type of white blood cell), which are our antibody- (immunoglobulin-) producing cells. A malignant or cancerous plasma cell is called a myeloma cell. Myeloma is called “multiple” since there are frequently multiple patches or areas in the bones where tumors or lesions have developed. A single lesion is called a solitary plasmacytoma.
Knowledge is power! Learning all you can about myeloma will empower you to make intelligent treatment choices. Until there is a cure, there is the IMF.
Mutual Fund Facts About Individual Stocks
According to them, this is the only FREE reference site that shows you (among other things) which and how many mutual funds sold shares in a specific company. And the only one who lists more than just the top 10 fund holders of a company. Nowhere else on the Internet can you find out which funds recently sold shares of a company.
The Money Alert
A decent retirement planning information source featuring financial articles, investment commentary, retirement advice, and more.
ICAA focuses exclusively on active aging, embracing the aging wellness movement. Headquartered in Vancouver, the site gives its readers the research, education, and tools to excel.
Where do we begin? Maybe with the 3,910 Americans killed in the war as of January 7, 2008. And let’s not forget the thousands of US wounded in action. Take a closer look here.
If you feel this war is a mistake, look at Veterans for Peace, The GI Rights Hotline at 1/800.394.9544, Citizen Soldier, Vietnam Veterans Against the War, Veterans for Common Sense, and Bring Them Home Now.
This top-ranked site now has over 4,000 pages of humor, nostalgia, senior advocacy and useful information for seniors 50+. Updates weekly!
The daily e-zine for everyone over 50 who feels way too young to be old.
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