For most of us, the Internet has become a regular part of our daily lives. Whether we are using it for information gathering, entertainment or social interaction, it’s hard to imagine what we did before we had all of this information at our fingertips!
However, it can be daunting to find sites that are specifically targeted towards a senior demographic, so FirstLantic has put together a comprehensive list for you. And to make it easier to find your area of interest, we have categorized them in themes such as travel, technology, humor, dating, careers, etc. If you simply want to download the full list to keep as a handy guide, click here.
It’s time to hit the road and there is no better way to get started than by using some of the following travel sites:
- Road Scholar: https://www.roadscholar.org/
Birding or Beethoven? Film festivals or photography?
Whatever you’re interested in, Road Scholar has the learning adventure for you.
- Evergreen Club: https://www.evergreenclub.com/
If you’re over 50 and like to travel, check out what the Evergreen Club offers: a network of low-priced B&Bs, guest rooms, and other down-to-earth, personal accommodations.
- Go Volunteering: https://govoluntouring.com/Use your next vacation to make a difference in the world!
- Elder Treks: http://www.eldertreks.com/index.phpThey specialize in exotic destination travel including wildlife safaris in Africa, hiking trips in the Rockies, and cultural trips to Asia.
To learn the basics of computer skills or to stay ahead of the technology curve, there are plenty of resources to make technology less intimidating.
- SeniorNet: http://seniornet.org/ SeniorNet’s mission is to provide older adults education on computer technologies to enhance their lives and enable them to share their knowledge and wisdom.
- Age in Place Technology Watch: https://www.ageinplacetech.com/
If you want to know the latest tools and advice for remaining in your home for as long as possible, bookmark this site. You’ll find topics (robots for caregiving) that you never knew existed.
- GCFLearnFree.org: https://edu.gcfglobal.org/en/
- Has helped millions around the world learn the essential skills they need to live and work in the 21st century.
- Microsoft Guide: http://www.microsoft.com/enable/aging/tips.aspx
- Provides tips on how to make the computer experience more enjoyable.
- For additional resources: https://blog.firstlantic.com/technology-just-for-seniors
With all the negative news out there, it can be a nice respite to go to a site that exists for the sole purpose of making you laugh!
- Suddenly Senior: https://www.suddenlysenior.com/
This top-ranked site now has over 4,000 pages of humor, nostalgia, senior advocacy and useful information for seniors 50+.
- GeezerGuff: https://geezerguff.com Musings and humorous commentary that will provide you with some out-loud laughter, or at least a chuckle.
While not all of these sites are exclusively catering to seniors, they all have useful and accurate medical advice that can help with researching a particular topic.
- Web MD: https://www.webmd.com/default.htm
Their articles on health are authoritative (often written by doctors and easy to read/understand).
- The Mayo Clinic: https://www.mayoclinic.org/
Get the “basics” on a topic or click on the “in-depth” tab. You’ll also find slideshows, videos and resources for further reading.
- National Institutes of Health Senior Health: https://www.nia.nih.gov/health
An easy to use the site for senior health.
- Medicare: https://www.medicare.gov/
This is the official U.S government site for Medicare. Find doctors and medical facilities. Compare drug and health plans.
Whether you are looking to supplement your income or start your “encore” career, we have compiled a list of great resources:
- ReServe helps workers ages 55 and over make that transition by pairing them with non-profits nationwide in need of their private-sector expertise for at least three months.
- iRelaunch, founded in 2007, runs career reentry conferences and events for employers and individuals returning to work after a career break or looking for a new opportunity. They also work directly with over 50 blue-chip companies to help them engage with and hire from the return-to-work talent pool.
- Encore.org is a San Francisco-based organization that helps Boomers start that second career. Its focus is on getting them involved in non-profit agencies. Through their Encore fellowships, they match skilled professionals with social sector organizations in high-impact, paid assignments.
- U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) and American Association of Retired Persons (AARP) are also involved in helping retirees into encore careers, as entrepreneurs. They jointly promoted an effort this past April called Encore Entrepreneurial Mentor Month. They provided one-on-one instruction, classes, mentoring programs, and help in writing business plans.
- Career Guides: The book, Second-Act Careers outlines over 50 opportunities to create flexible, fulfilling, and profitable encore careers.
Finance and Money
If you are like more seniors, you are always looking for new ways to make a better investment and to save money.
- The Money Alert: http://www.themoneyalert.com/
Dozens of articles about investing, retirement planning and estate planning.
- Consumer Reports: https://www.consumerreports.org/cro/index.htm
Smart ways to invest your money and access to all the site’s content including reviews and buying advice for $30 a year.
- Investopedia: https://www.investopedia.com/ A leading source of financial content on the web, ranging from market news to retirement strategies, investing education to insights from advisors.
- The Complete Guide to Health Insurance https://quote.com/health-insurance/complete-guide/
- The Ultimate Guide to Medicare at Age 65 https://paramountretirementsolutions.com/age-65-medicare-guide/
- Understanding Medicaid https://www.medicalbillingandcoding.org/health-insurance-guide/medicaid/
- Do Medicaid and Medicare Offer Dental Insurance? https://areadentist.org/do-medicaid-and-medicare-offer-dental-insurance/
- How Much Health Insurance Do You Need? https://www.tataaig.com/content/tagic/tagicRepositaries/tagicArticles/knowledgearticle/how-much-health-insurance-do-i-need
- Who Needs Long-Term Care Insurance? https://www.daveramsey.com/blog/who-needs-long-term-care-insurance
- Medicine Assistance Programs https://www.heart.org/en/health-topics/cardiac-rehab/managing-your-medicines/medicine-assistance-programs
- The Guide To Keeping Your Home Through Debilitating Disease https://www.mortgagecalculator.org/helpful-advice/keeping-your-home.php
Finding the right one can be tough no matter what age you are and that’s why online dating has become so popular.
- Senior Match: https://www.seniormatch.com
Looking for love? Or maybe you just want a companion? Sign up for Seniormatch.com’s free dating service for those over 50.
- SeniorCupid: http://www.seniorcupid.com/
- Senior Cupid is a great community for mature singles. Not just a dating site, Senior Cupid offers forums, blogs, and chats for friendship and networking.
Additional information: https://blog.firstlantic.com/tips-for-dating-after-50
Senior forums are a great place to meet other seniors who have similar interests.
- Seniors Only: https://www.SENIORSonly.club
Seniors Only is a free online forum for individuals over 50.
- Senior Forums: http://www.Seniorforums.com
Senior Forums is the place to go for advice or feedback from your peers.
- General Interest
- GrandTimes: http://www.grandtimes.com/
- Grand Times covers a variety of interesting topics from cooking to finance to travel and health.
- Buzz 50: http://buzz50.com/
- Buzz 50 is a social network site geared towards baby boomers and those over the age of 50.
- Grandma Betty: http://grandmabetty.com/index.php
- GrandmaBetty.com offers over 1000 information sources for seniors and baby boomers.
- Thanks to the following websites which helped to inform our lists: