The Internet is a fountain of information. One of the greatest beneficiaries of the online data surge are those over the age of 60, who now have easy access to a plethora of websites offering specially tailored news, health and aging related information.
Jan Olson, fitness and living well manager at Paradise Valley Estates, a northern California continuing care retirement community, says the Internet is gaining ground with even the most reluctant seniors. “The Internet is an excellent way to stay connected with others and the world using social media sites like Facebook, Twitter and Instagram,” she shares. “The Internet also can provide daily news, weather and financial information.”
With such wide availability, it can be difficult to tell fact from fiction at times. We culled through the web to explore three of the most popular senior-focused websites. Here’s what we found:
A visit to seniorplanet.org is an inspired browsing experience. Read articles focused on the real-life experiences of seniors who have embraced new ventures and experiences. Easy to navigate and full of colorful imagery, Senior Planet engages readers with a mix of interesting news and practical advice. The site’s technology section can help with many age-related tech issues, such as how to enlarge text or remember passwords. Senior Planet extends the experience into social media channels including Facebook, Twitter and Pinterest.
National Council on Aging (NCOA)
The NCOA packs their online hub with so much information on senior-related life that it’s more of a resource center. In one section, you can access detailed financial and economic factsheets plus links to benefit programs available for those with lower-than-average incomes. Advocating healthy living to prevent or manage illness, the site provides guides, presentations and fliers on exercise, behavior and nutrition. Or, use the site’s resource library to search state-specific health initiatives, benefit programs and policies. Visit the NCOA online, or on Facebook, Twitter and YouTube.
The aim of Suddenly Senior is to tickle the funny bone of its many avid readers. Light, upbeat and contemporary, the site promotes laughter for folks who find themselves “way too young to be seniors.” Within the fresh, relaxed-style articles and blogs, readers can explore everything from nostalgia to travel or enjoy entertaining jokes, quizzes and more. Readers are encouraged to share their own experiences through an easy-to-use form. Find Suddenly Senior online.
Whether you’re searching for news, entertainment, wellness or a hangout that welcomes the 60+ set, these websites are a great place to start. Have concerns about Internet safety? Brush up on tips and guidelines here.