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'specially for seniors
 

Computers and E-mail

See what classes are offered at our computer labs and your local branch.

New User Tutorial
This tutorial is designed to help people who have never used a computer before. We will concentrate on using the mouse and a few other basic skills. Ask a librarian for information on local computer classes for more in-depth instruction.

Learn the Net 
An excellent site Covers the basics of internet, email, computer viruses, social networking, and safety tips in 5 languages: German, Spanish, French, Italian, and English.

Life Hacker 
A website for Power Users, is a blog that covers tips and tricks for streamlining your life with computers (and sometimes without). Updated several times daily, Lifehacker points out software downloads, web sites, do-it-yourself projects, howto's, tutorials, shortcuts and tips for going beyond the default settings and getting things done in the most clever, unexpected and efficient ways.

Find more information is available at the Computers & the Internet (try the Computer Mouse Skills link!) and E-mail Services on the Library’s Link to a Topic page.

Health/Nutrition/Fitness

NIH: Senior Health 
A site specially designed for seniors, with larger print and short, easy-to-read articles. Topics includes Alzheimer's Disease and exercise for seniors. There are captioned videos, FAQs, quizzes, and links to MEDLINEplus for more information.

Exercise: a Guide from the National Institute on Aging and the National Aeronautics and Space Administration
An entire exercise book and program with charts to record your progress and animated examples of exercises, motivation, safety and nutrition information to keep you feeling fit and strong.

Delicious Decisions 
Nutritious and delicious heart-healthy eating from the American Heart Association. This site contains not only recipes, supermarket secrets, what to do about for eating out and snacking plus a step by step plan to make heart healthy eating a habit.

Modified Food Pyramid for Mature (70+) Adults 
Created by researchers at Tufts University for older people who tend to be less active, and their body composition changes. We also know that as individuals age, they lose the sensation of thirst.

More information is available on our Health & Medicine and Food and Recipes pages.

Travel/Recreation

Driving Safely while Aging Gracefully
Most people are capable of a lifetime of driving experience. This site, from the National Highway Transportation Safety Board, offers tips for accurately evaluating driving habits and changes to remain a safe driver.

The Older and Wiser Driver
A Canadian site with a self-rating form, suggestions for improvement and tips for driving in a variety of situations.

Elderhostel 
The travel and educational organization for adults over the age of 55 provides opportunities for educational adventure throughout the world.

ParkNet 
Visit our National Parks on the web. There are web pages for each park and a link to the Park’s Services online reservation service. Get information about the Golden Passport Programs.

VisitNJ.Org
Great links to online tours, the calendar of events, places to stay and a vacation planning kit. So much to do right here in our state of New Jersey!

Don't forget to check out local events and special places such as Ocean County Parks and Ocean County Calendar of Events.

Retirement Living

National Council on the Aging (NCOA)
Comprised of organizations and professionals dedicated to promoting to dignity, self-determination, and well being of older persons. "This site offers true substance, especially in the area of policy and legislative updates. Among its many features, one will find information on adult day services, health care, housing, and independent living.

Senior Living
From About.com links to hundreds of sites, covering everything from Active Living and Grandparenting, to Nostalgia and Support groups.

Designing Living Spaces for Older Adults
Designing Living Spaces for Older Adults Independent living can be achieved in one’s current home by adapting some modifications and the addition of home safety apparatus. This site from the Administration on Aging contains many links for those who wish to age in place.

Housing and Care Options

Eldercare
Since 1991, the Eldercare Locator, a nationwide toll-free service, has helped older adults and their caregivers find local services for seniors.

Universal Design Home Modification
Learn how you can make modifications or repairs to your current home or use universal design features to make your home a home of the future, and a home that is safer and more comfortable for people all ages

OCEAN Inc.
Ocean Community Economic Action Now is a community action program; describes programs, projects, events, and available services.

Financial Information

Social Security Administration
Disability information; Employment support for people with disabilities; Medicare information; Benefit payments; Forms; Rules & regulations; Laws & legislation; Information in Spanish; FAQs; and all their publications. 

Medicare
is actually two sites Medicare Compare compares the plans and options of Medicare providers. The cost of premiums and types of benefits being offered along with the quality of the plan. Nursing Home Compare allows for comparisons for every Medicare and Medicaid certified nursing home in the country, with details on what Medicare and Medicaid regulation violations they had in their most recent evaluation.  

Consumer.gov 
A one-stop link to a broad range of federal information resources available online. It is designed so that you can locate information by category -- such as Food, Health, Product Safety, Your Money, and Transportation.

Aging

Ocean County Office of Senior Services
The Office of Senior Services offers a vast array of services and information for older adults and their families, including transportation, health, housing, entitlements and more

First Gov for Seniors
Online access to government information and services of interest to seniors, including benefits, health and nutrition, consumer protection, employment and volunteer activities and more. Check on our Social Security benefits, compare nursing home and Medicare options, get travel tips and join the Peace Corp all at this site.

NJ Department of Health and Senior Services
A wealth of information, including: current ratings of New Jersey nursing homes, programs and services for senior citizens, guidelines for choosing long term care facilities, performance reports on HMOs, and contacts and information on a variety of health topics.

Administration on Aging
From the United States Department of Health and Human Services in Washington, DC. About the AoA and its programs, resources for practitioners, statistical information on aging and other information for older persons and their families.

National Senior Law Center
The National Senior Citizens Law Center advocates before the courts, Congress and federal agencies to promote the independence and well-being of low-income elderly and disabled Americans

Family/Friends/Grandchildren

The Foundation for Grandparenting
Articles for grandparents, research study abstracts, networking information, links to related sites, and more from the organization started by Dr. Arthur Kornhaber.

A Grandparents' Guide for Family Nurturing & Safety
Tips for grandparents for safe and active participation in the lives of their grandchildren. Discusses ways to stay close to grandchildren, relationships between parents and grandparents, making a home safe for children, and related topics .

USA.gov: Grandparents Raising Grandchildren
This site provides unannotated links to resources for grandparents raising grandchildren, including benefits and assistance agencies, health and safety information, reports and publications, and state government pages.

Publications/Media

AARP - The Magazine 
The online version of the AARP publication features and archives articles on health, entertainment, money, lifestyles, and more.

Third Age 
A mix of feature articles, news, reviews, message boards an a chance to interact with others. A search engine covers general information with separate searches for health, romance, technology, investing, and travel.

Organizations

Gray Panthers 
An intergenerational advocacy organization is dedicated to social change, peace, health care, jobs, and housing.

AARP
The American Association of Retired Persons is an advocacy group for legislative, consumer, and legal issues and offers special benefits, products and services for members.

Senior Corps 
A network of programs that tap the experience, skills, and talents of older citizens. Learn about the Foster Grandparent, RSVP and Senior Companion programs and how to get involved.

 

 

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Researched and Compiled by C. Zsiga
Edited C. Paulson

 
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