Access America for Seniors www.seniors.gov
This site is maintained by the Social Security Administration and is designed to offer the public access to government services and information over the Internet. It provides information on legislation, legislative updates, research, and government services. In addition to links to other federal agencies, it provides links to information on various topics, including consumer protection, education and training, health, retirement planning, seniors and computers, tax assistance, travel and leisure, work, and volunteering as well as links to technology news sites. Of particular relevance are the resources provided under "computer education and training resources.
Administration on Aging www.aoa.dhhs.gov
AoA is a division of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. The site offers a wide range of information available in a variety of formats; especially valuable for links to consumer health information sites. Information is available for older adults, caregivers, families, and researchers. You can find information here about Older Americans Month (May) and obtain support materials free of charge. Numerous fact sheets on issues of importance to older adults are available.
American Association of Retired Persons www.aarp.org
This is the Web page of the nation's "leading organization for people age 50 and older." It provides lots of good, easily accessible information on a variety of topics, but especially good for keeping up with political issues. Under the learning heading on the left side of the home page, click on "Expedition Internet" (www.aarp.org/expedition) for six great tutorials, from 'Introduction to Email" to "Designing a Personal Web Page."
Area Agency on Aging www.n4a.org
The National Association of Area Agencies on Aging (n4a) is the umbrella organization for the 655 area agencies on aging (AAAs) and more than 230 Title VI Native American aging programs in the U.S. Through its presence in Washington, D.C., n4a advocates on behalf of the local aging agencies to ensure that needed resources and support services are available to older Americans. The fundamental mission of the AAAs and Title VI programs is to provide services which make it possible for older individuals to remain in their home, thereby preserving their independence and dignity.These agencies coordinate and support a wide range of home- and community-based services, including information and referral, home-delivered and congregate meals, transportation, employment services, senior centers, adult day care and a long-term care ombudsman program.
Computers and the Internet Made Easy for Seniors www.csuchico.edu/~csu/seniors/computing2.html
This a nonprofit Web site created with a grant by a professor at Chlico State University. Its easy to use, cleverly, designed, and fun! There are links to free Intemet tutorials, associations. and information sources on the Web.
This award-winning site is designed for both professionals and families researching elder- and long-term care. The site's library features articles, reports, news, and events. More than 6,000 reviewed links lead to legal,financial medical, and housing information as well as policy and statistical data.
National Council on the Aging www.ncoa.org
NCOA, a private, nonprofit association, is "dedicated to promoting the dignity, self-determination, well-being, and continuin contributions of older persons." Their site is a great resource for aging issues and legislative updates. NCOA also produces special studies that are available online.
SeniorNet Home Page www.seniornet.org
SeniorNet is a nonprofit membership organization providing computer access and education to adults age fifty and older, Their site includes information on educational programs, special features, and extensive online discussion forums.
Web Accessibility for Older Adults cob.fit.edu/facultysites/abecker/Accessibility/main.html
Based on work supported by the National Science Foundation, this site was created by faculty at the Florida Institute of Technology. Although it is no longer updated due to a lack of funding, the site still houses a great number of resources, including the Aging Vision Simulator Tool, the Dottie tool for evaluating a Web page for compliance with the National Institute on Aging guidelines for making senior-friendly Web sites, and a Valuable Links page.
Computers for Seniors www.youtube.com/watch?v=AAsgkXmTxEE
Here's a short film about a program in Brockville, Canada, to teach senior citizens how to use computers and the internet to help them stay connected.
US Census www.census.gov
In particular, check out the Census Bureau's report on the 65+ population and Elderly Web site. The U.S. Census Bureau produces annual age data for the nation, states, and counties showing the U.S. population at all ages. The American FactFinder provides data from the American Community Survey and the 1990 and 2000 Censuses on social and economic characteristics (e.g., age, sex, race, ethnicity, and educational attainment) of the older population for most levels of geography. Census 2000 Briefs and Special Reports provide analytical reports on the older population. Note that age is a variable that commonly occurs in various kinds of demographic and socioeconomic data so you should check specific topics such as income or disability for data on the elderly or other population groups. Finally, the International Data Base provides age data for 227 countries and areas of the world.