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Internet Resources for Senior Citizens
November 12, 1996

The Internet isn't just for the X-Generation or kids in school. We are finding a greater number of older people using the 'net. And this is truly a great thing! There are now many sites targeted specifically for seniors on-line. These sites provide a wealth of information about government programs, non-profit organizations, and other programs available to seniors. There are also on-line shopping, legal and financial services, health and fitness areas, and retirement services for those enjoying their golden years.

The first stop for local information is the Senior Center at the Buffalo Free-Net (bfn.org/~senior/). Credit for this area goes to Neil Yerkey, (senior@bfn.org) who provides regular updates to the site. Included are links to bulletin boards and discussion groups as well as links to national, state and local agencies with information geared towards seniors.

The New York State Office for the Aging's Homepage (www.aging.state.ny.us/nysofa/) is designed for Older New Yorkers and their families and those concerned about providing opportunities and services to enrich the lives of older people and support their independence. This site has links to over 100 places of interest to seniors, caregivers, professionals and students, in areas ranging from active older adults to caregiving to law. Check out their links page (www.aging.state.ny.us/nysofa/linknew.htm).

Federal government links include the Special Committee on Aging's Homepage (www.senate.gov/~aging). Here you can find information about the Committee Members, look up Committee publications, or find out what the Committee is doing. You can also send a message to the Committee via email (mailbox@aging.senate.gov). The National Health Information Center (nhic-nt.health.org) is on the 'net and includes many of the agencies publications on-line. The Health Care Financing Administration (www.hcfa.gov) may also be better known as the Medicare/Medicaid Agency. Here you can find information about the agency that helps pay the medical bills for more than 72 million Americans.

One government agency of interest to all taxpayers, young and old, is Social Security Online (www.ssa.gov), the official Web site of the Social Security Administration.

We also found sites devoted to issues that seniors or those caring for them will find useful. Eldercare Web (www.ice.net/~kstevens/ELDERWEB.HTM) is a collection of resources available on the Web for the aging elderly and their caregivers and advisors. It includes topics on health-care, living arrangements, aging, death, and dying. This site also provides statistics and demographics including some state-specific information. For those dealing with a loved one with Alzheimer's, check out the Alzheimer's Association (www.alz.org) site for information about this disease.

Answers (www.service.com/answers) is a magazine for adult children of aging parents. It is written for anyone facing the issues and concerns from having an aging parent. The magazine covers all aspects of looking after an elderly parent, including how to deal with your feelings and where to get help if you need it. Grand Times (www.dnai.com/~mags/index.html) is a weekly magazine published for active older adults which claims to be "controversial, entertaining and informative, we celebrate life's opportunities and examine life's challenges."

As you would expect many of the more prominent organizations have Internet resources available. The American Association of Retired Persons (www.aarp.org) has a web site. AARP is a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization dedicated to helping older Americans achieve lives of independence, dignity and purpose.

The National Council on the Aging (www.shs.net/ncoa/ncoa.htm) is one the world's leading organization representing agencies and individuals committed to the well-being of our increasing older population. Since 1950 the NCOA has served and advocated on behalf of millions who are reaching or have reached retirement age.

There are too many sites devoted specifically to the needs and interests of those aged 50 and over that we couldn't possibly list them all. Check out some of these to find links to other sites. Seniors Net (www.seniorsnet.com) lists over 5,000 links to sites of interest to the over 50 age group including U.S. Links. SeniorNet Online (www.seniornet.com) is an organization whose aim is to empower adults age 55 and older to use computer technologies. Currently there are 17,000 members with 75 learning centers around the U.S. Note that this service requires membership with SeniorNet and America-On-Line.

In addition to these resources take a look at what's happening in other parts of the country. All of these publications are easy to read and informative online publications with much pertinent information for seniors. SeniorCom (www.senior.com) is a site with many areas of interest that is based in Seattle, Washington. Today's Senior (novatech.on.ca/seniors/todaysen.html), is a Canadian Seniors Newspaper out of Toronto. The Senior Center (seniors-site.com) is also a good place to find links to senior-related sites. The Senior Times (amaltd.com/seniortimes) is an on-line Seniors News publication from Rhode Island. We liked the fact that this site has consciously kept type sizes a little larger for readability, image sizes are kept smaller for faster downloads and navigation is kept simple, based on buttons and hypertext links.

Remember, we want to continue to help you utilize the Internet in your life. Let us know what you're interested in and we'll check it out. You can email us, edge@edgeglobal.com , or fax us, (716) 853-1350 and let us know what's happening on the Internet in WNY or any computing related activities you're involved with.