Internet Connection During
Laura Emery, Field Editor
to the American Association of Retired Persons, a large number of U.S.
adults over 50 – more than 40 million -- are spending more and more time
online. They do a little bit of everything. They’re banking, buying,
searching, communicating, reading, and contributing.
they’re staying connected.
and convenience of computers provides many older individuals with a
convenient portal to staying in touch with their loved ones, and an easy way
to take care of personal and business matters. It has never been easier, and
more important, for senior citizens to stay connected and up-to-date.
Wide Web is a great resource for issues facing those going through their
golden years. Here are a few Web sites that exist solely to help senior
citizens, and their families, enhance the quality of their lives in a
variety of different ways.
Association of Retired Persons
is a nonprofit, nonpartisan membership organization for people age 50 and
over. The organization leads positive social change and delivers value to
members through information, advocacy and service. AARP also provides a wide
range of unique benefits, special products, and services for its
in every state, AARP celebrates the attitude that age is just a number and
life is what you make it.
For Better Aging
Web site contains articles on everything from how to choose a nursing home,
elder abuse, elder rights and legal resources, and wills and estate
Care Financing Administration
government body is responsible for the management of Medicare and Medicaid.
It publishes a broad range of materials for the consumer that
describe the benefits and rules for eligibility of these two programs.
For Older People
is a Web site for older individuals, their families, caregivers, advisors,
and all those who work with and for them. Regardless of age,
circumstances or ambitions, this Web site will help individuals explore
options before making decisions about where to live, and any support or care
needed. It contains detailed information on how to maintain, adapt or
improve the home, find care of home help services, find and move to
retirement or extra care housing, and choose the right care home.
Council on the Aging
National Council on Aging (NCOA) is dedicated to improving the health and
independence of older persons and increasing their continuing contributions
to communities, society, and future generations. NCOA’s programs help
older people to remain healthy, find jobs, discover new ways to continue
contribute to society after retirement, and take advantage of government and
private benefits programs that can improve the quality of their lives. NCOA
is also a national voice for both older Americans and community
organizations, leading advocacy efforts on important national issues
is a great Web site, because it can help answer many health questions.
MedlinePlus brings together authoritative information from NLM, the National
Institutes of Health (NIH), and other government agencies and health-related
organizations. Preformulated MedLine searches give easy access to medical
journal articles. MedlinePlus also has extensive information about drugs, an
illustrated medical encyclopedia, interactive patient tutorials, and latest
for Retired Americans
mission of the Alliance for Retired Americans is to ensure social and
economic justice and full civil rights for all citizens so that they may
enjoy lives of dignity, personal and family fulfillment and security.
Web site contains a disease and symptom research center that has information
on over 3,000 different medical conditions, with more being added all the
Cards, & Groceries
are a number of Web sites that can help senior citizens conduct day-to-day
business from the comfort of their own home. Avoid leaving the house to pick
up stamps and other mailing supplies by ordering them online at www.usps.com.
a quick way to send cards to the grandchildren? At
you can have a paper greeting card delivered with your own
personal message (in a number of different realistic hand-written fonts)
with only a few clicks of the mouse.
you're tired of fighting crowds at the grocery store, or if you're simply
unable to get down to the local food store, here's a solution: shop
the aisles from the comforts of your own home by ordering your groceries
a search engine, such as Google or Yahoo, to find an online store that
services your area. Include "grocery delivery" and your city of
residence in the search query. Browse through the list of Web sites, and
then click on a site that bests suits you from the list of results provided
by the search engine.site that bests suits you from the list of
results provided by the search engine.