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

Best Senior Sites

Enjoy our collection of the best senior websites 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 Websites: Part One

Disabled Travelers

A site that offers disabled travelers a great resource for finding good accessible travel information.

AARP Working Options: A Place for Mature Workers

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. A good and current discussion board, useful links page.

ALSO OF INTEREST TO SENIOR JOB SEEKERS…

Forced Labor Comic

AND 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.

Alternative News

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 websites 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.

Mad Kane, humor columnist; The Rational Radical, radical short takes about politics and culture; CounterPunchWonkette; and Talking Points Memo

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.

Benefits CheckUp

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.

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 there and what they think about it.

Here are some software websites that are helpful:

  • 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 websites to your Blog with one click as you surf the Web.
  • TypePad: A very powerful hosted blogging 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.

Buck Howdy

What would a seniors’ list of websites 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

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.

Canadian Drug Stores

These websites 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.

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.

CHECKING UP ON CONGRESS

See what your Congressman takes in legal bribes:
http://www.opensecrets.org/elections/

See how your Congressman voted: https://fiscalnote.com/find-your-legislator

Holding Power Accountablehttps://www.commoncause.org/

National Taxpayers Union: https://www.ntu.org/

What you pay for Congress: https://www.pbs.org/show/now-on-pbs/

Find and e-mail your officials in both Federal and State governments: http://capwiz.com/thehill/home

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!

COMPLAINTS!

In this day of no discernible “customer service,” it helps to know how to complain. And to whom. Those websites 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?

Patient Advocate Foundation will help empower you.

COMPUTER STUFF

Bash Computer with AxeIf you’re lucky enough to be a Macintosh senior, like me, I’m told DealMac.com is a good place to shop.

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.

DATING

PlentyOfFish.com is a completely free site, where you can post your profile, search for others, and contact them directly. It 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.

OKcupid.com is a completely free site, where you can post your profile, search for others, and contact them directly. It’s a visually attractive site, it offers the member the ability to answer questions and take tests to improve your “match-ability”.

AVOIDING TELEMARKETERS

DoNotCall.Gov

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 to 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.

E-MAIL ADDRESSES

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.

FamilySearch

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.

USAGov 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.

Flylady

Recommended by readers for readers who need to get organized around the house and get rid of clutter. Very funny and useful.

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 the 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, find communities, which is actually better than Google’s model.

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 all the polls showing the ups and downs of people and events.

GrandmaBetty

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 WEBSITES:

Articles, gift ideas, and interactive forum are at AARP’s Family & Friends Information Center;

Granny D

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.

Grand Time

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.”

Hearing Loss

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 Bethesda, 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

Worst Pills

Public Citizen’s searchable online drug database providing comprehensive information on 538 prescription drugs and warns of 181 that are unsafe or ineffective.

HEALTH-GENERAL

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, LeapFrog Group, an employer coalition, rates hospitals on safety measures, such as using procedures that prevent medical mistakes.

HealthCentral.com

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.

And Dr. David Williams Recommended 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.GOV

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.

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).

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;

Hospital Compare

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.

HumorSearch

The Web’s Source for Humor. Over 10,000 Jokes And Pics. The Web’s Largest Interactive Humor Community.

IncrediMail

I hate to encourage more flotsam 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

INTERNATIONAL MYELOMA FOUNDATION

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.

INVESTING

The Money Alert

A decent retirement planning information source featuring financial articles, investment commentary, retirement advice, and more.

International Council on Active Aging

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.

Iraq War

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.

If you feel this war is a mistake, look at Veterans for Peace, The GI Rights Hotline at 1/800.394.9544, Vietnam Veterans Against the War, and Veterans for Common Sense.


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