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Best Senior Websites on the Internet: Some May Surprise You!

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Suddenly Senior’s Best Senior Websites: Part Two

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Old Time Radio Programs and Movies section

The site has all 1,399 episodes of CBS Radio Mystery Theater episodes which you can listen to, download as well as searchable by plots, actors, and writers.

Life Begins at 80

Articles from the various sites cover a wide range of topics: the world’s biggest turkey and largest hailstones, computer-generated anagrams, mysterious lights in Texas and Queensland, 15 towns named Rugby, Global English, and how to cultivate an herb said to ease arthritic pains. Awards the prestigious Graypow Award, of which Suddenly Senior was a recipient.

LIVING WILL FORMS AND REGISTRATION

Download LIVING WILL (and healthcare surrogate) FORM

Everyone should have a living will to make certain your wishes are fulfilled when you’re incapacitated. This form, while compiled especially for Florida citizens, will at least make clear your wishes in other states. Very important!

Documents, which vary by state, also can be obtained online and from various organizations:

  • Partnership for Caring provides specific advance directive forms for each state at www.partnershipforcaring.org.
  • Aging With Dignity offers details about getting its “Five Wishes” document ($5 for one, less for multiple copies) toll-free at (888) 594-7437 or on the Web at www.agingwithdignity.org. The document, which is valid in 35 states, including Florida, is easier for most people to understand than the state documents. It is more personal, offering in layman’s terms the opportunity, to specify how comfortable you want to be, how you define life support, even how you want to be treated: Would you like visitors from a church? Music in the room? Your bedside surrounded by pictures?
  • The U.S. Living Will Registry (https://www.usacpr.net/) offers a similar service. Both companies provide links to basic state forms and where to get information but will accept and scan into their computer whatever documents are provided.

Long-Distance and International Calling

Pingo is an easy-to-use calling card for use on domestic and international calls to over 200 countries. If you call from your home or cell phone, you can bypass the need to enter long PIN numbers (just register up to 10 numbers you typically call from). Just dial the Pingo 800 number, then when they answer, dial your desired phone number. Rates are very cheap, check their website for rates to your favorite long-distance friends and relatives. It’s ideal for seniors on a budget who don’t want to pay their local phone company monthly for a long-distance plan. It also gets around restrictions on calling international numbers from mobile phones.

On vacation? You can also use Pingo to call home from foreign countries. Buy and recharge it over the web at any time. The voice quality is good.

Suddenly Senior staff has been using this service to call the UK weekly for several years with no complaints.

Long Term Disability Claim Information

ElderCare Publishing Co. has put together an ebook on filing Long Term Disability claims titled, “A Consumer’s Disability Insurance Guide” giving consumers professional guidance to qualify for the disability benefits to which they are entitled. Cost: $30.

Look out!

Scams aren’t fun. At this Consumer Reports site, you’ll find links to other sites, offering advice and well-researched content such as how the online hotel booking business works.

Magazine Rack

magatopia.com has a senior life section of articles to enjoy.

Medicare.gov — The Official US Government Site

This official site provides information on health plans, nursing homes, Medigap policies, contacts, and Medicare activities in your area. Also, Medicare Basics, information on coverage, eligibility, enrollment, your Medicare card, replacement card ordering, address changes and help with health care costs.

Medicare Rights Center

Your guide through the Medicare maze. Medicare Rights Center (MRC) is the largest independent source of Medicare information and assistance in the United States. Founded in 1989, MRC helps older adults and people with disabilities get high-quality, affordable health care. Free newsletter.

Medicaid: The Basics

This Kaiser Family Foundation reference library has been updated to include the latest data and research on Medicaid enrollment, financing, state waivers, and access to care. The library also includes recent analyses on the impact of the new Medicare prescription drug benefit on Medicaid and current proposals to restructure the Medicaid program.

Microsoft Tips for Seniors with Impairments

Offers tips on customizing various Microsoft products for seniors with vision, hearing, or other impairments. Free newsletter.

Mobility-Advisor.com: Live More Independently

Educational resource with extensive articles on wheelchairs, scooters, accessories, wheelchair sports, disabled travel, transportation, and other mobility aids to enhance the lives of individuals of all ages who need mobility assistance.

MONEY $$$$$

Many of us seniors have stocks and other investments we keep track of. Some of the best places to do this are CNNmoney, Quicken (especially if you keep your records in their program), and MarketWatch, Also, in this age of low-interest returns, check informa to track money market funds for the best rates available. Bankrate.com tracks savings accounts, mortgages, and credit cards.

Kiplinger’s Retirement Report [Dec. 2003] suggested that we can all profit by plugging into insiders’ stock moves. From the SEC’s home page at www.sec.gov, click on “Search for Company Filings. Under “General Purpose Searches,” click on “Companies and Other Filers.” In the search box, type the name of the company and look for Form 4. At Yahoo! Finance, type in the ticker symbol and click on “Insider Transactions.

Mortgage Guide for Senior Citizens

This site provides guidance for seniors and family members on issues relating to mortgages and reverse mortgages, and includes a number of useful links.

Ancestry.com

Here’s where you can create your own family website in just three minutes, or so they say. Free family tree software, too.

North American Mature Publishers Association

A non-profit association for publishers of local/regional senior publications, NAMPA was founded in 1994 to provide mature market publishers with regional information exchanges and meeting opportunities. NAMPA members publish over 35 publications with a combined circulation of over 2 million in the United States and Canada.

Numbers USA

If you’re interested in immigration issues, this is the site for you. Their goals: To examine numerical levels of annual legal and illegal immigration. To educate the public about the immigration-reduction recommendations from two national commissions of the 1990s:

Nursing Home Comparisons

This government site is a relatively easy place to compare facilities as to deficiencies and get explanations and gauges of how important the deficiencies are to patient health and safety. In addition, the website carries data on quality of service in six states, with more to come. The six are Colorado, Florida, Maryland, Ohio, and Rhode Island. Maryland, for example, provides information designed to assist consumers and their families in making decisions about selecting a nursing home.

Old Time Radio Programs and Movies

Also, go to Suddenly Senior radio buff’s 7/03 article. Live365 gives you many stations that broadcast vintage radio. Go to “Spoken Word,” “Old Time Radio,” and “Comedy.”

Radio the way it was in the ’30s, ’40s, and ’50s

The very best of Radio Drama and Music with some News and Comedy. 24 hours a day!. The very best of Radio Drama and Music with some News and Comedy. 24 hours a day! Out of Lansdale, Penn, on Radio 1620 AM. Click the button on the second page to get it over your computer.

Some wonderful pictures of old radios from the 1930s through the ’60s, go to http://oldradio.onego.ru/foy.htm

PHONE DIRECTORIES/LONG DISTANCE RESELLERS/PHONE SERVICE

We’re starting this to provide the best general directories on the Internet. Save high charges for “information” with unknown addresses and phone numbers (and sometimes e-mail addresses as well). Others include whitepages.com, yellowpages.com, or infospace.com. Save big money (it costs me 2.5 cents per minute) on long-distance and international calls with resellers like PINGO and OneSuite Corp.

Want to know where a call comes from? At FoneFinder, you can narrow it down to the town. Works internationally, too.

POLITICAL SITES OF INTEREST TO SENIORS

Is that true? Check out claims in political ads at FactCheck.org and truthorfiction.com.

The Progress Report

Perhaps the best place on the Internet to learn the truth about what’s going on, stuff you won’t see elsewhere. Subscribe!

Public Citizen

A great organization protecting America’s health, safety, and democracy. Learn how your representatives voted, even who’s giving money to them.

Public Library of Science

Brand new as of Oct. 15, 2003. The journal is an effort to significantly increase the number of people who have free access to scientific research, which typically requires a subscription to a journal. Instead of selling subscriptions. In the journal’s first issue, Duke University researchers reported that they had trained monkeys with brain implants to control a robotic arm with their thoughts, which could someday help people who are paralyzed.

Retirement Homes

The Library RetirementHomes.com is where seniors and their family members can go to find useful articles, reviews, and discussions on important retirement issues and topics.

Retirement Planning

Top Retirement Communities

Find your perfect retirement community, by city, state, and country.

Finally, an excellent site for those of you searching out that perfect place to retire. It may well be the most candid view of “best places to retire” anywhere on the net.

The Savvy Senior

You’ve probably seen Jim Miller’s “Savvy Senior” column next to mine in senior papers. Savvy Senior provides practical information and tips through the nationally syndicated newspaper column, senior resource books, weekly radio show, and television features on NBC’s Today show. Sign up for his excellent free email newsletter. Click the link above.

Too Young To Retire – The Retirement Alternative

If you have been looking for a place dedicated to helping you plan and make the most of the rest of your life, this is it. Welcome to 2young2retire.com, the online community for people who are using our mature years to turn our hobbies or youthful dreams into new businesses; start careers that express our passions; give back actively in the nonprofit sector; go back to school; get our bodies into shape or ignite our creativity. Features True Stories profiles, volunteer, learning, second career, and living/being well links.

Romance, Senior-style

SeniorMatch is the largest senior personals site for AARP, senior singles, senior admirers to find other sexy seniors.

RV Lifestyle. With more and more seniors taking to the road in motorhomes and trailers, some costing more than the homes they’re leaving, this site tells you almost everything you want to know about the RV lifestyle.

Rumors/Urban Legends

Did you get the one about when Colonel Oliver North branded Osama bin Laden as a deadly terrorist during his testimony before the Senate Select Committee investigating the Iran-Contra affair? Or the one about the United States Congress considering a 5 cent tax on email. Also, see Snopes.com and TruthOrFiction. Next time, check these first.

The Senior Center

What Would You Like To Do Today?

Improve My:

  • Health
  • Wealth
  • Home
  • Cooking
  • Hobby
  • Sex Life
  • Garden

Or you may want to:

  • Trace My Family Tree
  • Make Me Smile
  • Take a Vacation
  • Send a Message to the President
  • Write to MY Congressman
  • Write to MY US Senator

Senior Citizens’ Resources

Located at USA.gov – Government Made Easy – this is a good place to start when researching the following areas:

Senior Communities and Care Providers

New LifeStyles lists state-licensed senior communities and care providers and more nationwide. Search online or order a free metropolitan-area print guide.

Senior Link – Real Solutions to questions about aging parents

Dedicated to providing active solutions to the questions that surround aging parents. To help them maintain independence, safety, and dignity.

SeniorNet

This nonprofit SeniorNet provides adults 50+ access to and education about computer technology and the Internet to enhance their lives and enable them to share their knowledge and wisdom.

Senior Publications of Interest

Mark A. Ludwick‘s The Senior News is this year celebrating 20 years of publication for those aged 50 and better in Northeast Ohio!

Sault Ste. Marie This Week is a Canadian weekly community newspaper out of this chilly and interesting area on the US/Canadian border. With news, weather, sports, columnists, classifieds, photo galleries. Updates daily!

The Seniors Coalition – Working for a Responsible America

Represents the interests and concerns of Republican senior citizens at both the state and federal levels. The Coalition was founded as a public advocacy group during the fight to repeal the Medicare Catastrophic Coverage Act in 1989.

Seniors For Hire

Seniors4Hire.org is an online Career Center for employers and job seekers 50 years of age and over. It contains career resource information and a job database. Membership is free for job seekers. Employers post job ads for $36.00 and they run for 60-days. With an annual membership, they become Featured Employers.

Senior World Online

Health, nostalgia, finances, travel, and recreation — lots of interesting features for “active seniors in the digital age.”

Senior Women

A lifestyle magazine for women over fifty started by Tam Gray, a Senior Reporter for Time Magazine, with original content composed of cultural reviews, columns, articles, and sightings There are a discussion forum and pages of annotated links.

Sex Information and Support Websites

Susan’s Sex Support Site by Susan Fitzmaurice, M.S., C.R.C., provides education and support regarding sexuality, with many excellent links to other sites that feature senior sexual advice and how to keep the passion alive.

Save on Shipping

FreeShipping.org has coupon codes for major online retailers offering free shipping, including Macy’s, Victoria’s Secret, Lands End, and more.

Social Security Online

Quick Search. Electronic Publications. Disability information. Supplemental Security Income (SSI). Employment support for people with disabilities. Medicare information. Información en Español. Hearings and appeals. How to … Forms. International benefits. Direct Deposit of Benefits.

TELEPHONE STUFF

ThirdAge

This is the leading Web destination for first-wave baby boomers. See Suddenly Senior’s Weekly Jokes there.

Today’s Senior Magazine

Today’s Senior offers readers important and informative information, and businesses an effective and affordable way to get their message to thousands of people that are 50 plus throughout Northern & Central California.

Today’s Woman Writing Community

A supportive online writing community for men and women over 18. Containing articles, short stories, poems, interactive forums, blogs, writing classifieds, downloads, writing contests, writing events, writing tips, writing resources, ezine newsletter, famous quotes, author interviews, book reviews, and many more features.

Toyadz.com

If nostalgia floats your boat, this is the Sea of Dreams. Movies. TV. Music. Bikes. Sports. D&D. Old car ads. You name it, it’s here, perhaps even for sale or at auction.

TRAVEL SITES

Travelocity and other great travel sites for seniors going places

Travelocity is one of the big three (Orbitz (which we do not recommend) and Expedia being the others) that travelers generally start with. Especially if you’re flying. FlightArrivals comes in handy for those picking you up, providing the latest arrival and departure times of all US and Canadian flights. If you’re driving, Mapquest is a great tool, providing the way, the mileage, everything you need to get from here to there. Another top guide, this to scenic routes and historical paths, is RoadTripUSA. Hotels.com is a good booking site for finding discount hotel rates around the world. LuxuryLink is excellent for finding hotels, cruises, tours, and other high-end travel needs.

Suddenly Senior has a great Suddenly Senior Travel Page. Frommer’s Budget Travel is a budget travel site with links to hotels, travel clubs, and special discounts for seniors.

U-Boat.net

All about the boats and the men who dove them. 1168 U-boats have their own pages here. Welcome aboard, sailor.

United States Postal Service

One of the best government sites around. Point-and-click rate calculation, painless ZIP + 4 lookups, the all-important track-and confirm delivery function, and a service called NetPost that prints and mails paper cards that you design online.

Vitamin and Nutrition Center

The not-for-profit Vitamins and Nutrition Center provides accurate information on vitamins and nutrition, research on vitamins, and the different effects of vitamin deficiency.

VOLUNTEER!

VolunteerMatch Put in your ZIP Code, this matches you with charities close to home. Since 1998 they’ve referred more than two million volunteers throughout the US. Senior Corps is a network of programs that tap the experience, skills, and talents of older citizens to meet community challenges. Again, hometown matching needs with volunteers.

World Health Network – Longevity, Life Expectancy

Official site of the American Academy of AntiAging Medicine. 8,600 physicians, health professionals, and scientists from 55 countries unite to deliver life-enhancing, life-extending medical care online.

Worldwide Seniors

Suddenly Senior long-timers will recall the “Suddenly Senior Forum” which was set up for readers interested in an open forum for seniors. That forum has evolved into Worldwide Seniors, with 300+ members from many different countries.

World War II Photos

Said to be the largest collection in the world.

Suddenly Senior – the internationally syndicated column read by 2.3 million bright folks over 50 in 133 countries all of whom have become senior way before their time.

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