Caught in the Web

Suddenly Senior And Turning to the World Wide Web


by Laura Emery, Field Editor 


When people find themselves suddenly senior, there can be a wide variety of reactions. Some take it in stride and enjoy perks such as discounted food and cheaper movie tickets.

Others warm up to the idea more slowly — but, still, the discounts and other niceties make it a little easier to handle.

Many senior citizens today are taking advantage of technology that can make life easier. Studies show that the top three subjects of interest to people over age 55 are travel destinations, retirement planning, and genealogy research. Forget shuffleboard, needlepoint, and bingo. Today’s senior citizens are utilizing the Internet for banking, blogging, buying, searching, selling, communicating, contributing, learning, and reading. In short, they’re staying connected.

The World Wide Web is a great resource for issues facing those in their golden years. Here are a few websites that exist solely to help senior citizens and their families enhance the quality of their lives in a variety of ways.

American Association of Retired Persons 

AARP is a nonprofit, nonpartisan membership organization for people age 50 and older. 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 members.




The USGenWeb Project is run by a group of volunteers working to provide free websites for genealogical research in every county and every state in the United States. This project is non-

commercial and fully committed to free genealogy access for everyone. Organization is by county and state, and this website provides visitors with links to all the state genealogy websites that, in turn, provide gateways to the counties.


Legal Info for Senior Citizens

The National Senior Citizens Law Center advocates before courts, Congress, and federal agencies to promote the independence and well-being of low-income elderly and disabled Americans. Visit this website for more information on issues that affect seniors, such as federal rights, Medicaid, Medicare, nursing facilities, and Social Security.



Discover more than 8,000 “learning adventures” in all 50 states and more than 90 countries abroad. RoadScholar offers in-depth and behind-the-scenes learning experiences for almost every interest and ability. History, culture, nature, music, outdoor activities such as walking and biking, individual skills, crafts, study cruises -- enjoy these and many more with the not-for-profit leader in educational travel.


Options For Older People

This is a website for older individuals, their families, caregivers, advisors, and all those who work with and for them. Regardless of age, circumstances or ambitions, this website will help individuals explore options before making decisions about where to live, and any support or care needed.


National Council on Aging

The 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 remain healthy, find jobs, discover new ways to contribute after retirement, and take advantage of government and private benefits programs that can improve the quality of their lives.


MedLine Plus

MedlinePlus can help answer many health questions. This resource brings together authoritative information from government agencies and health-related organizations.


Alliance for Retired Americans

The 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.


Better Medicine

This website contains a disease and symptom research center that has information on over 3,000 different medical conditions, with more being added all the time.

Stamps, Cards & Groceries

There are a number of websites that can help senior citizens conduct day-to-day business from the comfort of their own homes. Avoid leaving the house to pick up stamps and other mailing supplies by ordering them online at

Need 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 cursive fonts) with only a few clicks of the mouse.


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