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South Plainfield Public LibraryHOMEBOUND DELIVERY SERVICE - Are you a South Plainfield resident who is unable to come to the library due to illness or disability? If you sign up for the Edith Goodrich Homebound Delivery Program, you will be paired with a volunteer who will select Library materials based on your requests and preferences, and then deliver them to you on a mutually agreeable schedule. Please call the Library or click here for more information and an application form.

South Plainfield seal South Plainfield Senior Center - The Borough offers a Dial-A-Ride transportation program to our seniors, providing free curb-to-curb transportation for essential services. Other programs include weekly grocery shopping trips, Meals on Wheels, congregate meals, and a variety of information and other assistance. Visit the website for details, or call 908-754-1047. (Borough of South Plainfield)

South Plainfield seal South Plainfield Outreach and Referral Resources - Phone numbers for local, county & state resources covering a variety of needs such as emergency shelters, crisis hotlines, counseling, employment/unemployment, alcoholism/drug abuse, domestic violence, and more. The South Plainfield Social Services - Welfare Department operates a food pantry and assists the needy & disabled with various services. (Borough of South Plainfield)

compass Community & Social Services - Brochures from a wide range of community & social services, mostly from Middlesex County, for seniors, people with disabilities, veterans, families, and others. Includes information on mental health services, transit, energy, food assistance, recycling, wills & estates, and more, plus links to related agencies and information.

NJ SAVE logo NJ SAVE is a program to help low-income seniors and individuals with disabilities save money on Medicare premiums and prescription costs, as well as energy, food, and other living expenses. You can apply on line or download a printable application.

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Arts, Books, Media, Culture, & Society

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SENIORS: Education
HOMEBOUND DELIVERY service
Useful Websites: BOOKS, READING & LIBRARIES

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South Plainfield Public LibraryHOMEBOUND DELIVERY SERVICE - Are you a South Plainfield resident who is unable to come to the library due to illness or disability? If you sign up for the Edith Goodrich Homebound Delivery Program, you will be paired with a volunteer who will select Library materials based on your requests and preferences, and then deliver them to you on a mutually agreeable schedule. Please call the Library or click here for more information and an application form.

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Art: National Gallery Audio & Video AUDIO VIDEO - Online audio and video series on a wide range of art topics. Use the left hand menus to browse. (National Gallery of Art, Washington, DC)

Backstory Radio - See History Podcasts, below.

Conversations with History AUDIO VIDEO - Interviews with a wide range of distinguished guests, talking about their lives and their work. 'The interviews span the globe and include discussion of political, economic, military, legal, cultural, and social issues shaping our world.' Archive includes interviews from 1982 to 2019. There is also an audio podcast AUDIO (2019, University of California).

Distinctive Voices VIDEO - A collection of video lectures that highlight innovations, discoveries, and emerging issues in science, medicine, biotechnology, energy, the environment, space exploration, and more. Lectures range from about 40 minutes to 90 minutes. (National Academy of Sciences, National Academy of Engineering and Institute of Medicine; videos are hosted on YouTube)

Fora TV VIDEO - Presents unedited video of 'discourse, discussions and debates on the world's most interesting political, social and cultural issues' by 'poets, authors, policy experts, activists, madmen, government leaders, and visionary thinkers... hosted by institutions such as non-profit councils, bookstores, universities, or public spaces.' Arranged by subject; use the menu bar across the top to navigate. (2006 - 20018, hosted on YouTube; site includes advertisements)

History Links - An extensive collection of annotated links to websites about history; arranged by subject. Selected for students, but many of these sites will be of interest to adult history buffs as well (South Plainfield Public Library). For overviews of local history, see the History of South Plainfield and History Buff's Guide to Middlesex County [Link opens a PDF]. See also Middlesex County Office of Arts & History, History of New Jersey podcasts AUDIO, Discover NJ History UPDATED LINK! & It Happened Here: New Jersey VIDEO, New Jersey Digital Highway, and New Jersey Historical Commission VIDEO. The New Jersey History Guide: Places to Go! has links to dozens of historic sites in New Jersey, as well as historical societies & organizations throughout the state (Kean University Library). Historical Voices AUDIO is a searchable online archive of spoken word recordings spanning the 20th century, including the Studs Terkel Radio Archive AUDIO. For more on American History, see American History Podcasts AUDIO, below, and National Museum of American History (Smithsonian). For online articles from history magazines, see History Net, American Heritage, BBC History Magazine: History Extra (includes podcast), and Archaeology (magazine sites include advertisements). American History Podcasts: In the Past Lane [Archived page] AUDIO has focus on the past, 'but always with an eye to the present and future' (2016 - 2020; Edward T. O'Donnell, associate professor of history at Holy Cross College). Backstory Radio [Archived page] AUDIO ceased production in July 2020, but archived programs are still available on the website (2008 - 2020; Virginia Foundation for the Humanities). Throughline AUDIO is another excellent podcast on American history that goes 'back in time to understand the present' (NPR).

Library of Congress Videos VIDEO - Lectures and presentations on a wide range of topics including books, history, science, and the arts. See Playlists for videos arranged by series, such as National Book Festivals, Music & Concerts, Topics in Science, Civil Rights, and many others. (Videos hosted on YouTube)

Library Service for the Blind and Physically Handicapped [NOTE: Free registration required] - A national network of cooperating libraries lending braille and audio materials, by postage-free mail, to eligible visually or physically handicapped borrowers in the United States. Includes books and magazines. See also New Jersey State Library Talking Book & Braille Center (TBBC) [NOTE: Free registration required]. The Described and Captioned Media Library [NOTE: Free registration required] AUDIO VIDEO has over 6,000 free-loan described and captioned media titles for students who are blind, visually impaired, deaf, hard of hearing, or deaf-blind. The media library covers arts, business, health, home & family, literature, science, and more. Browse through the catalog by topic; you can set browsing preferences to limit results by grade level, accessibility features, format (online streaming or DVD by mail) and runtime (U.S. Department of Education & National Association of the Deaf). Assistive Media AUDIO offers free audio of magazine articles and other short works 'read by talented volunteers'; recorded articles range from 2005 - 2020 (non-profit organization). The SOUTH PLAINFIELD PUBLIC LIBRARY offers audio books, large print books, eLibrary digital downloads AUDIO (free audiobooks, ebooks, magazines, video, music, and more), and homebound delivery. Call us at (908) 754-7885 for more information.

New York Public Library Programs UPDATED LINKS! VIDEO - NYPL's YouTube channel playlists include videos of recent past programs, with playlists for series such as LIVE from the NYPL, Author Talks, LIVE Shorts, and more.

Notable Books for Adults - An annual list of 25 titles selected for their 'significant contribution to the expansion of knowledge or for the pleasure they can provide to adult readers.' Includes fiction, nonfiction, and poetry. (American Library Association)

Open Culture AUDIO VIDEO - 'Open Culture brings together high-quality cultural & educational media for the worldwide lifelong learning community... Free audio books, free courses, free movies, free language lessons and other enriching content - it's all here.' (Site includes advertisements; edited by Dan Colman, Associate Dean of Stanford University's Continuing Studies Program, et al. Open Culture is not affiliated with Stanford.)

Open Source Radio AUDIO - 'American conversation with global attitude': a series of thoughtful discussions with authors, academics, and other experts, on diverse topics such as history, politics, economics, international relations, the arts, pop culture, science, environmental issues, and more. You can listen online or download the podcast (WBUR, Boston).

PBS Video [NOTE: Many video episodes are available only to members] VIDEO - Access to a growing online library of PBS programming. (Site includes advertisements)

Podbay Podcast Directory AUDIO - A great alternative to Apple/iTunes, Google, Spotify and Stitcher podcasts. Use this directory to find your favorite podcasts or discover new ones. For each podcast, Podbay provides a general description and downloadable episode list, plus links to the podcast's website and RSS feed. Search by keyword, or browse by broad topic; a login is not required. Player FM AUDIO is another podcast directory which allows you to listen or download podcasts, and includes links to series websites and RSS feeds.

Reading Group Guides - Offers advice on starting and running a reading group, with reading guides & reviews, contests, and more. (BookReporter.com; site includes advertisements)

Science Update AUDIO - Daily and weekly audio reports on the latest discoveries in science, technology and medicine (American Association for the Advancement of Science). For more audio science news, see NPR Research News AUDIO and NPR Science AUDIO (National Public Radio). Science News 'offers readers a concise, current and comprehensive overview of the latest scientific research in all fields and applications of science and technology' (Society for Science & the Public, a nonprofit organization). Inside Science VIDEO (American Institute of Physics et al.; site includes advertisements) and has news articles and videos on science for general audiences. See Science Podcasts and related links for additional science podcasts, and Homework Links: SCIENCE & MATH for additional science learning links.

Smithsonian - Online exhibits from the Smithsonian Institution, featuring art and design, science and nature, and history and faraway places.

TED Talks VIDEO - An archive of talks on a broad range of topics in technology, design, entertainment, science, business, the arts, and global issues. NPR hosts the TED Radio Hour AUDIO, which features excerpts from TED Talks and conversations with speakers, each centered on a common theme; you can listen online or subscribe to the podcast. See also Big Ideas: The Do Lectures VIDEO (Co-founded by UK entrepreneurs David & Clare Hieatt).

WGBH Forum VIDEO - Video lectures from the world's foremost scholars, authors, artists, scientists, policymakers, and community leaders (WGBH & the Lowell Institute; hosted on YouTube). WGBH Open Vault AUDIO VIDEO provides online access to unique and historically important content produced by the Boston public television and radio station WGBH.

With Good Reason Radio AUDIO - Weekly podcast on a variety of topics including arts & culture, health, history, literature, politics, and science. You can listen online or subscribe to the podcast to listen on your portable device. (Virginia Foundation for the Humanities)

Computers & Technology

See also:
Useful Websites: COMPUTERS

Job & Career AcceleratorLEARNING EXPRESS LIBRARY™ (includes Job & Career Accelerator and Computer Skills Center): Learning Express Library's Computer Skills Center provides tutorials on the most popular computer programs and video courses to help beginners learn to use a computer and the internet. (From LearningExpress, LLC.)

Universal Class Continuing Education Courses UNIVERSAL CLASS - Free online non-credit courses for your personal enrichment. Courses are accessible 24/7 via the Internet, and are offered in a wide variety of subjects. Computers & Technology courses cover computer basics, business applications, programming, image editing, web development, HTML, MS applications, photography, and more. You will have up to 6 months to finish each course, and each course has a real instructor you can communicate with by email! To sign up for classes, you'll need to register on the site and choose a username & password for your account. (From Recorded Books)

GCF Learnfree Computer Training Tutorials VIDEO - Self-paced lessons on Computer Basics, Internet Basics (including 4 different browsers), E-Mail, Social Media, Internet Safety, Smartphones & Tablets, Microsoft Office, and more, including lessons on using Microsoft's Windows 98, Windows XP, Windows 7, 8, and 10 and MAC OS. There's even a typing tutorial. Available in English, Spanish, and Portuguese. (Goodwill Community Foundation)

Judging Online Information - How do you know if the information you're finding on the Web is accurate and up-to-date? This site tells you how to find out (Goodwill Community Foundation). See also Evaluating Websites, and Fact Checking & Fake News links.

Online Safety for Older Adults - Brief general tips to help you protect your privacy & personal information and have a safe & enjoyable experience while online (2016, National Cyber Security Alliance). The Senior's Guide to Online Safety provides more detailed advice (2021, ConnectSafely.org; non-profit organization). See Computers & Technology: Protecting Yourself & Your Family for lots of additional advice. See also Scams & Frauds.

Online Life After Death - Tips on how to plan for the management of your digital files, photos, posts and other accounts after your death (2015, Federal Trade Commission). See also Virtual valuables? Consider your digital footprint as you prepare for the future (2019, Consumer Financial Protection Bureau), and A Plan for Your Digital Legacy (Nolo Press; site includes advertisements).

Readability - No longer available as of September 2016. Firefox Reader View is a Firefox feature that strips away clutter like buttons, ads, background images, and videos, while also letting you customize font size and other settings to fit your reading preferences; not all web pages are available in Reader View.

Education

See also:
SENIORS: Arts, Media, Culture & Society
Useful Websites: EDUCATION
Petersons Testing & Education Reference

South Plainfield Board of Education logo South Plainfield Adult Education - Information on local adult education programs including Adult Classes, English As A Second Language, and Trip List.

See also Adult & Continuing Education Webfinder on WordPress.

Universal Class Continuing Education CoursesUNIVERSAL CLASS: Free online non-credit courses for your personal enrichment. Courses are accessible 24/7 via the Internet, and are offered in a wide variety of subjects, including business, computers, cooking, crafts & hobbies, do-it-yourself, health, history, home & garden, office skills, parenting & family, personal care, psychology, real estate, self-help, religious & spiritual studies, web development, writing, and more. You will have up to 6 months to finish each course, and each course has a real instructor you can communicate with by email! To sign up for classes, you'll need to register on the site and choose a username & password for your account. (From Recorded Books)

Kanopy streaming video Great Courses on Kanopy NEW! - Get instant access to a large collection of instructional videos from The Great Courses, along with thousands of critically-acclaimed movies, award-winning foreign films, and inspiring documentaries. You can search for specific titles, or browse the collection by subjects and genres. You can watch Kanopy on your desktop computer, and SmartTV apps like Roku, Apple TV, Chromecast, Fire TV, Fire Stick, and Samsung. Kanopy also offers mobile and tablet apps for iPhone and Android. Enter your South Plainfield Library card barcode number to sign up for free access! Prefer to watch on DVD? You'll find hundreds of Great Courses DVDs in our library catalog.

Rosetta Stone Language LearningRosetta Stone Language Learning: The proven immersion method of language learning that more than 20,000 schools have trusted for over 20 years. The award-winning interactive approach has been used by millions of learners around the world and now is accessible in the library - or anywhere, anytime.

Learn It Live Learn It Live NEW!: Find and attend live online classes on 200+ topics in health, wellness, and personal development. At LiL, you can join a live yoga, pilates, or meditation class and interact with an expert on the other side of the globe. Can't make it live? Watch one of the 1,000+ recorded classes at any time.

NOTE: A high-speed internet connection (cable or DSL) is recommended
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Annenberg Media [Archived page] VIDEO - A variety of online instructional video programs in the arts, literature, history, science, and more; audience level ranges from grades pre-K through adult. (Annenberg Foundation / Corporation for Public Broadcasting)

Class Central VIDEO - A search engine for free online courses popularly known as MOOCs (Massive Open Online Courses). Includes video 'trailers' for courses, where available, and user-contributed reviews. (Site includes advertisements.)

edX - Free online classes from the world's best universities. Topics include biology, business, chemistry, computer science, economics, finance, electronics, engineering, food and nutrition, history, humanities, law, literature, math, medicine, music, philosophy, physics, science, statistics and more; see How It Works for more information (non-profit created by Harvard and MIT). See also Open Yale Courses, below.

GCF Learn Free VIDEO - Free tutorials, articles, and other learning materials aimed at helping you improve the technology, literacy, and math skills needed for success in both work and life. Covers a wide range of subjects from operating ATMs and reading subway maps to using office software and running a home-based business. Free registration required. (Non-profit organization: Goodwill Community Foundation)

Lifelong Learning Institutes - A directory of institutions dedicated to providing educational opportunities for older adults, plus information about the Learning in Retirement movement, and other resources related to lifelong learning. (Road Scholar Institute Network). See also Road Scholar, below.

Open Courses, Lectures, and Materials - Links to selected Open Education resources (University of Massachusetts).

Open Textbook Library - Hundreds of free online/downloadable textbooks on a wide range of subjects. All textbooks are either used at multiple higher education institutions or affiliated with an institution, scholarly society, or professional organization, and have been reviewed by faculty from a variety of colleges and universities to assess their quality (Center for Open Education, University of Minnesota). You'll find more free textbooks at OpenStax NEW! (Rice University), and Galileo Open Learning Textbooks NEW! (University System of Georgia).

Open University Learning Space - Hundreds of free, self-paced online courses in Health, Sports & Psychology, Education & Development, History & The Arts, Languages, Money & Business, Nature & Environment, Science / Math / Technology, and Society / Politics / Law. There is no tutor, but if you sign up for a free account you can track your progress, connect with other learners in the discussion forums, earn badges, and more; see Frequently Asked Questions for more information. (The Open University, Milton Keynes UK)

Open Yale Courses - 'Free and open access to a selection of introductory courses taught by distinguished teachers and scholars at Yale University... for all who wish to learn.'

Road Scholar - See Road Scholar listing, below.

Saylor Foundation - A free collection of self-paced, college-level courses, with no registrations or fees, and no application process. Courses are designed by credentialed college professors, but there is no individual supervision or interaction with faculty. Registration is required if you wish to receive a certificate for completing a course. (Non-profit organization)

Science - See Science Update and related links, above.

University of California at Berkeley - See edX, above.

Employment & Business

See also:
Useful Websites: BUSINESS
Useful Websites: JOBS & CAREERS
EbscoHost Business resources Petersons Testing & Education Reference

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Job & Career AcceleratorLEARNING EXPRESS LIBRARY™ (includes Job & Career Accelerator and Computer Skills Center): With Job & Career Accelerator's innovative job-hunting system, you can explore detailed information on over 1,000 different occupations, match your interests & skills with the career that's best for you, search up-to-the-minute local & national job postings, create professional resumes & cover letters, practice interviewing skills, get invaluable tips & advice every step of the way, and conveniently organize & track your job-search progress all in one place! The Computer Skills Center offers tutorials on the most popular computer software, as well as video courses to help beginners learn to use a computer and the internet. (From LearningExpress, LLC.)

Facts On File: Fergusons Career Guidance Center FERGUSON'S CAREER GUIDANCE CENTER VIDEO - Comprehensive and easy-to-use career research database offers information on more than 3,300 jobs and 94 industries, plus advice on applying for a job, acing an interview, behaving professionally in the work environment and more. More than 90 sample resumes and cover letters included! The Resources section contains over 50,000 entries on scholarships, internships, and other opportunities. Includes more than 290 videos present essential career information on both specific jobs and industries and on skills. If you're logging on at home, you'll need to enter your name, library card barcode number, and PIN to get started. From Facts on File.

Universal Class Continuing Education Courses UNIVERSAL CLASS - Free online non-credit courses for your personal enrichment. Courses are accessible 24/7 via the Internet, and are offered in a wide variety of subjects, including business, career training, entrepreneurship, office skills, real estate, and more. You will have up to 6 months to finish each course, and each course has a real instructor you can communicate with by email!
To sign up for classes, you'll need to register on the site and choose a username & password for your account. (From Recorded Books)

Petersons Testing & Education Reference CenterPETERSON'S TESTING & EDUCATION REFERENCE CENTER - Free practice tests, study tips, and test prep eBooks for all kinds of standardized employment & education tests, including civil service and licensure exams (Accountant/Auditor, Caseworker, Correction Officer, Firefighter, Parole Officer, Police Officer / promotions, Postal Worker, Probation Officer, Real Estate, State Trooper, Treasury Enforcement Agent, and others), GED (high school equivalency test), NCLEX (nursing), PRAXIS (teaching), Officer Candidate, and ASVAB (Armed Services Vocational Aptitude Battery) tests. If you're logging on at home, you'll need to enter your name, library card barcode number, and PIN to get started.

CareerOneStopCareerOneStop VIDEO - An excellent place to start a job search, this site includes Career Advice for Older Workers and Workers with Disabilities NEW!, as well as a wide assortment of additional career information & job search tools. The site also provides links to Job Banks in every state (click here for New Jersey) and American Job Centers, a searchable directory of local service centers which offer PCs, faxes, copy machines, career counseling, workshops, and many other services for job hunters. The Worker Re-Employment section is 'your one-stop site for employment, training and financial help after a layoff.' You can also call the Helpline, 1-877-US2-JOBS (1-877-872-5627), for help with federal Employment and Training programs. (U.S. Department of Labor)

Age Bias at the Executive Level - Brief helpful tips on countering age bias in your job search. See also Careers at 50+, How Old is Too Old to Work?, and The 40-Plus Career Reinvention Checklist, as well as links to related pages at the bottom of each article (Monster.com, dates unknown; site includes advertisements). Boomer Job Search Tips offer helpful employment tips for 'Boomers' (born between 1946 and 1964) to help you handle today's tough job market and economy. Scroll down the page to find the list of articles in the right sidebar, or below the intro on small screens (2021, Susan P. Joyce, Job-Hunt.org, date unknown; site includes advertisements).

Age Discrimination - An overview of federal law relating to age discrimination (U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission). Age Discrimination: Your Rights [Link opens a PDF] explains New Jersey's anti-discrimination law (2015, NJ Office of the Attorney General).

America's Career InfoNet is now CareerOneStop, above.

Business Startup Programs for People 50+ NEW! - An overview of courses and programs (some are free, others have fees) to help you learn business skills and explore the possibility of being your own boss. Starting a Business Articles NEW! offer lots of useful advice for older entrepreneurs (Next Avenue). For general small business resources, see Useful Websites: BUSINESS.

Disabilities and Employment - See DIVERSITY EMPLOYMENT links and Webfinder: People with Disabilities.

Encore.org - 'If you're interested in finding an encore career, volunteering your experience to help the next generation, curious about encore transition programs and other ways to get involved in the encore movement, this page will give you some ideas.' (Civic Ventures®; non-profit organization).

Encore Entrepreneurs - See Business Startup Programs.

Mature Workers: Workforce Programs - Information about the Senior Community Service Employment Program (SCSEP), which provides training and employment opportunities to low-income Americans over the age of 55; as well as Senior Environmental Employment (SEE), another jobs program for mature workers, and other work / volunteer opportunities for seniors (Center for Workforce Inclusion; a non-profit organization serving low-income, older job seekers with a focus on communities who have been traditionally underserved by workforce programs. Formerly Senior Service America).

local resource New Jersey WorkForce 55+ UPDATED LINK! - Offers jobs and training to economically disadvantaged seniors, 55 years of age and older. WorkForce 55+ participants receive the counseling, assessment and training necessary to enable them to be placed in unsubsidized employment. (N.J. Department of Labor and Workforce Development)

local resource New Start Career Network - Provides older (ages 45+), long-term unemployed New Jersey job seekers with access to free, personalized career services, including web-based information resources and in-person and virtual career coaching. You must register to access these resources and tools. (Rutgers University)

SCORE (Service Corps of Retired Executives) VIDEO - A non-profit organization which gives retired businesspersons an opportunity to donate their time and talent to assist America's aspiring entrepreneurs and small business owners. You can get free business advice, or become a SCORE volunteer to help others. Includes a variety of Templates & Tools, and other helpful online materials for small businesses. For many more small business resources, see Useful Websites: BUSINESS.

Veterans' Job Resources - Selected links to career resources for veterans.

Volunteer: AmeriCorps Seniors (formerly Senior Corps) - Volunteer opportunities for senior citizens (Corporation for National and Community Service, an independent federal agency). Volunteer New Jersey provides a form you can fill out to get personal guidance about volunteer opportunities, plus links to volunteer centers throughout the state (Association of New Jersey Volunteer Centers). For more volunteer opportunities, see Serve.gov, Volunteer.gov, All for Good, and Create the Good (AARP). See also Stay Active Through Volunteering [Link opens a PDF] & Stay Active Through Intergenerational Connections [Link opens a PDF] (2018, engAGED National Resource Center UPDATED LINK!).

General Senior & Aging Resources

See also:
Useful Websites: GENERAL

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South Plainfield Public LibraryHOMEBOUND DELIVERY SERVICE - Are you a South Plainfield resident who is unable to come to the library due to illness or disability? If you sign up for the Edith Goodrich Homebound Delivery Program, you will be paired with a volunteer who will select Library materials based on your requests and preferences, and then deliver them to you on a mutually agreeable schedule. Please call the Library or click here for more information and an application form.

South Plainfield seal South Plainfield Senior Center - The Borough offers a Dial-A-Ride transportation program to our seniors, providing free curb-to-curb transportation for essential services. Other programs include weekly grocery shopping trips, Meals on Wheels, congregate meals, and a variety of information and other assistance. Visit the website for details, or call 908-754-1047. (Borough of South Plainfield)

South Plainfield seal South Plainfield Outreach and Referral Resources - Phone numbers for local, county & state resources covering a variety of needs such as emergency shelters, crisis hotlines, counseling, employment/unemployment, alcoholism/drug abuse, domestic violence, and more. The South Plainfield Social Services - Welfare Department operates a food pantry and assists the needy & disabled with various services. (Borough of South Plainfield)

compass Community & Social Services - Brochures from a wide range of community & social services, mostly from Middlesex County, for seniors, people with disabilities, veterans, families, and others. Includes information on mental health services, transit, energy, food assistance, recycling, wills & estates, and more, plus links to related agencies and information.

NJ SAVE logo NJ SAVE is a program to help low-income seniors and individuals with disabilities save money on Medicare premiums and prescription costs, as well as energy, food, and other living expenses. You can apply on line or download a printable application.

Need help? Start here: call 211 Call 2-1-1 when you need to find state or local resources to address urgent needs or everyday concerns, including health & mental health services, food banks, shelter, rental or utility assistance, adult day care, Meals on Wheels, transportation, childcare, crisis intervention services, job training, education, and more. 2-1-1 is free, confidential, multi-lingual, confidential, TTY accessible, and available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. 2-1-1 resource specialists will guide callers to the most helpful available resources. Visit the website for more information. [NOTE: 2-1-1 calls are generally toll-free; however, if you are calling 2-1-1 from your cell phone, please check with your cell phone service provider first to find out whether you will be charged for the call.] You can also reach 2-1-1 by dialing 877-652-1148. (United Ways of New Jersey)

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AARP - Website has a large collection of articles on money & work, learning, family, technology, and travel; click on the MENU icon in the upper left to open or close the list of topics. There are also many useful Tools & Calculators covering money, health, travel, and more. (Site includes advertisements)

Administration on Aging: Administration for Community Living - Resources for elders, caregivers, and people with disabilities, with links to agencies, public and private benefits programs, and more. See also Resource Centers (Administration for Community Living, U.S. Department of Health & Human Services)

Alliance for Retired Americans - 'The mission of the Alliance for Retired Americans is to ensure social and economic justice and full civil rights for all citizens so that they may enjoy lives of dignity, personal and family fulfillment and security.' Also offers a variety of discounts and other benefits for members.

Elder Abuse - Explains how to recognize elder abuse, what the risk factors are, who the abusers are, and how to get help for yourself or someone you know (U.S. Administration on Aging). See also Different Types of Elder Abuse (U.S. Department of Justice). National Adult Protective Services Association. Click on 'Get Informed' for additional information about elders & adults with disabilities who may be victims of abuse, neglect (including self-neglect), or financial exploitation. Click on 'Get Help' to find local social services programs that can help (non-profit organization).

ElderCare Locator - A national toll-free referral service funded by the U.S. Administration on Aging to help older people and their families find community services for seniors anywhere in the country. Visit the website to get help online, or call 1-800-677-1116, Monday through Friday, 9:00 AM to 8:00 PM ET.

local resource Middlesex County Aging & Disability Services - Provides a variety of programs, services, & information for senior citizens and disabled persons residing in the county.

National Council on Aging - Information on health & safety, benefits, and jobs & economic security, including a number of tools & resources for older adults and their caregivers. (Non-profit organization)

local resource New Jersey Division of Aging Services (formerly Senior Services) - Information on state services for seniors and their families / caregivers. Closer to home, see Middlesex County Aging & Disability Services, Community & Social Services brochures and the South Plainfield Senior Center Services.

Next Avenue - Information and advice for people over the age of 50 on Health, Money & Policy, Work & Purpose, Living, and Caregiving. (Twin Cities Public Television et al.)

Senior Women Web - Articles, essays, book excerpts, and links for women over 50, covering a broad range of women's issues and interests. Topics include culture & arts, relationships, home, money, computing, health, and more. (Sites includes advertisements)

Solutions for Your Life: Aging & Caregiving - Resources for seniors & families on topics such as caregiving, housing, home safety, health, money, and more. (University of Florida Extension)

local resource South Plainfield Senior Center - 'The Senior Center is dedicated to enriching the lives of our community's great treasure...our seniors and strives to create a welcoming social environment with useful and entertaining programming and activities.' Includes senior services, and a calendar of upcoming trips & events.

Grandparenting, Caregiving & Family

See also:
Useful Websites: PARENTING & FAMILY
WEBFINDER: Genealogy Resources

Ancestry Library EditionAncestry Library Edition: Ancestry Library Edition provides library patrons instant access to a wide range of resources for genealogical and historical research, including records from the U.S. Census; military records; court, land and probate records; vital and church records; directories; petitions for naturalization; passenger lists and more! PLEASE NOTE: ANCESTRY LIBRARY EDITION IS AVAILABLE ONLY INSIDE THE LIBRARY BUILDING! Outside the library, please use Heritage Quest Online.

Heritage QuestHeritage Quest Online Genealogy: A genealogy research tool you can use at home or in the library. Heritage Quest offers access to over 20,000 family and local histories, U.S. Federal Census records, 1790-1930, thousands of genealogy and local history periodicals, bank records, and more.

Aging Without Family - Describes some steps you can take to plan for aging when you don't have any family members who can make decisions, carry out your wishes, or provide care if needed. (2013, New York Times; site includes advertisements). See also No Spouse, No Kids, No Caregiver: How to Prepare to Age Alone (2015, U.S. News & World Report; site includes advertisements), Elder Orphans Need Fearless Fallback Plan (2018, Kaiser Health News), and Elder Orphans: A Real Problem or a New Way to Scare Singles? (2016, Psychology Today; site includes advertisements).

CAREGIVING

local resource 10 Warning Signs Your Older Family Member May Need Help - Briefly outlines behaviors that may indicate the need to take action (U.S. Department of Health and Human Services). In Middlesex County, the Rutgers University Behavioral Health Care: Comprehensive Services on Aging (COPSA) offers mental health services for caregivers & families; contact 1-800-424-2494 for more information. See our COMMUNITY & SOCIAL SERVICES: Caregiving brochures for related resources in Middlesex County. National Family Caregiver Support Resources provides answers to common questions (Eldercare.gov). Caregiver Support: Resources UPDATED LINK! can help you find emotional and task support (USA.gov). For additional caregiving resources, see Family Caregiver Alliance (FCA) Tip Sheets: Caregiver Issues & Advice UPDATED LINK! (USC Davis School of Gerontology), Medline Plus: Caregivers, Hospice links, Alzheimer's links, Long Term Care, and Health and Aging, below.
For practical instructions & advice on dealing with specific problems, tasks, and conditions, see

For advice about long-distance caregiving, see

For legal and financial advice related to caregiving, see

For advice on emotional, physical and financial self-care for caregivers, see

Elder Abuse - See Elder Abuse, above.

Elder Care Legal Issues - See Law & Government, below.

Elder Orphans - See Aging without Family, above.

End-of-life Care See Caregiving links, above, and Hospice links.

Finding a New Home for your Pet - Do you feel you can no longer keep your pet due to behavior, health, and/or housing problems? This page explains steps you can take to resolve the problems, and how you can make sure your pet will be cared for if you can't keep her (Humane Society of the United States). Rehoming your Pet on Adopt-a-Pet.com NEW! is a free program to help you place your pet in a new home. Also includes links to information about help to keep your pet (Adopt-a-Pet.com; non-profit pet adoption website).

local resource Financial Assistance for Legal Guardianship - Explains the New Jersey Kinship Care Subsidy Program, which provides financial help to people caring for their grandchildren, nieces, nephews, or other children (2017, Legal Services of N.J.). Guardianship Resources is a collection of articles explaining what legal guardianship is and how to establish and maintain a guardianship. Also covers special circumstances, such as guardianship of an mentally disabled adult (Nolo Press; site includes advertisements).

Fun Things to Do with Kids - See Parenting & Family.

Grandparents Raising Grandchildren - Helpful advice on the challenges and rewards of assuming full- or part-time responsibility for grandchildren (2019, HelpGuide.org; non-profit organization). Grandfamilies.org 'serves as a national legal resource in support of grandfamilies within and outside the child welfare system' (American Bar Assocation et al.). See also GrandFamilies Guide (AARP; date unknown) and Online Resources for Grandparents and Other Relatives: State Laws, Subsidies, Medicaid, and More (2018, Psychology Today). Fathering Tips for Grandfathers offers advice to help guide your involvement in the lives of your children and grandchildren (National Center for Fathering; site includes advertisements). Power of Grandparents [Link opens a PDF] offers advice to help you communicate better with teenage grandchildren, help them stay healthy and avoid drinking & using drugs (2014, The Partnership at Drugfree.org). Grandloving [Archived page; tech info is outdated] offers 'creative, family-friendly ideas for keeping close to your grandchildren.... hundreds of tips and dozens of project ideas' (2013; Sue Johnson, Julie Carlson & Elizabeth Bowe). See also Grand Magazine (site includes advertisements) and Fun Things To Do with Kids.

Grief Support Resources - Articles and other resources that focus on grief, loss or end-of-life issues.

local resource N.J. Aging and Disability Resource Connection (formerly Caregiver NJ) - Information and assistance to older persons, adults with physical disabilities, caregivers and professionals looking for services or programs. Includes phone numbers for state and local services for seniors and adults with physical disabilities. See also N.J. Division of Aging Services, above. (State of New Jersey)

Nursing Homes - See Nursing Home Compare, below.

Health, Safety, Fitness and Health Care

See also:
Useful Websites: HEALTH & FITNESS
WEBFINDERS: People with Disabilities

Need help? Start here: call 211 Call 2-1-1 when you need to find state or local resources to address urgent needs or everyday concerns, including health & mental health services, food banks, shelter, rental or utility assistance, adult day care, Meals on Wheels, transportation, childcare, crisis intervention services, job training, education, and more. 2-1-1 is free, confidential, multi-lingual, confidential, TTY accessible, and available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. 2-1-1 resource specialists will guide callers to the most helpful available resources. Visit the website for more information. [NOTE: 2-1-1 calls are generally toll-free; however, if you are calling 2-1-1 from your cell phone, please check with your cell phone service provider first to find out whether you will be charged for the call.] You can also reach 2-1-1 by dialing 877-652-1148. (United Way, in partnership with the State of New Jersey)

NJ SAVE logo NJ SAVE is a program to help low-income seniors and individuals with disabilities save money on Medicare premiums and prescription costs, as well as energy, food, and other living expenses. You can apply on line or download a printable application.

Learn about how the new health care law affects youHealthCare.gov - Use this website to shop for health coverage and enroll in a health care plan. You can also find out about other options for getting health coverage, report income or life changes, appeal a Marketplace decision, or learn more about using your new coverage. (U.S. Department of Health & Human Services)

Facts on File Health Reference CenterFacts on File: Health Reference Center - Clear and comprehensive information on conditions and diseases, health and wellness, mental health, and the human body. Health Reference Center includes educational videos, color illustrations, and regularly updated health news articles. If you're logging in from your home or office computer, you'll need to enter your name, library card barcode, and PIN to begin.

Addiction in Older Adults - Examines the prevalence and causes of drug & alcohol addiction among older adults, with related articles and resources on intervention & treatment (2015 - 2020, Hazelden Betty Ford Foundation). See also SmokeFree 60+, below.

Aging Changes in Sleep - Sleep patterns and problems may change as we get older. This article describes some of the sleep problems that can arise with aging (2016, Medline Plus, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services). See also Sleep Tips for Older Adults (2020, HelpGuide.org).

Aging in Place - See Aging in Place links, below.

Air Quality and Older Adults - Fact sheets for older adults and their caregivers about environmental health risks (indoor & outdoor air quality, extreme heat), and steps you can take to reduce those risks. These printable fact sheets are available in English, Spanish, Arabic, Chinese, Vietnamese, Russian, Korean, Italian, French, and several other languages. You can sign up here for air quality notifications NEW! by text or email, or download the AIRNow app for iPhone or Android. The same site also posts alerts on hazardous air quality conditions NEW! such as wildfire smoke. (U.S. Environmental Protection Agency)

Alzheimer's & Related Disorders: Alzheimer's Information - Information about Alzheimer's Disease and Dementia, including causes, warning signs, diagnosis, treatment, and more (Fisher Center for Alzheimer's Research). See also Alzheimer's Disease Education and Referral Center (National Institute on Aging), and the Medline Alzheimer's page. In Middlesex County, the Rutgers University Behavioral Health Care: Comprehensive Services on Aging (COPSA) offers a number of mental health services for caregivers & families, including a Memory Disorders Clinic which offers state-of-the-art diagnostic assessment and treatment services for New Jersey residents with memory loss, Alzheimer's disease and other causes of dementia; contact 1-800-424-2494 for more information. See also Caregiving Resources, above.

Assisted Living - See Housing & Relocation links, below.

Brain Fitness, see Staying Sharp: Successful Aging and the Brain and related links, below.

Can the Retiree Health Benefits Provided By Your Employer Be Cut? - See Health Benefits, below.

Consumer Health Information for Older People - Helpful information for consumers on a wide range of topics such as alternative & complementary treatments, assisted living & nursing homes, hiring caregivers, hormone therapies, hearing aids, buying prescription drugs online, dietary supplements, medicare fraud, and more (Federal Trade Commission).

Caregiving - See Caregivers' Resources, above.

Cold Weather Safety - See Weather and Older Adults, below.

Crime Prevention Tips for Seniors [Link opens a PDF] [NOTE: Contact info for services & assistance are for New York City only.] - Printable brochure with tips for seniors on how to avoid crime and fraud. (2017, New York City Police Department). For additional advice, see Los Angeles Police Department Crime Prevention Tips for Seniors (1996) [Link opens a PDF]. See also Scams & Frauds, below. For tips about protecting yourself online, see Online Safety for Older Adults and related links, above.

Dietary Supplements: Tips for Older Users - Explains the potential risks and benefits of using dietary supplements such as vitamins, minerals, herbs, and other substances. Also offers tips on how to spot false advertising claims, keep track of supplements & medications, how to report adverse effects, and more (2017, U.S. Food and Drug Administration). For additional resources, see our HEALTH AND FITNESS: Drugs & Supplements links.

Disability Resources - See our Resources for People with Disabilities Webfinder and related pages.

Drug information - See Medicines, below

Elder Abuse - See Elder Abuse, above.

Emergency Planning for Seniors - Describes the steps you should take to prepare for all kinds of emergencies; includes a printable brochure (Ready.gov). See also Emergency Preparedness for Older Adults (American Red Cross), Emergency Preparedness for Older Adults and People with Disabilities (2020, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services), and Planning for Individuals with Disabilities (Ready.gov). See our Disasters Webfinder for more disaster preparedness resources (including Planning for Pets). For advice on other safety issues, see Safety Tips for Seniors, below.

End-of-life Care - See Caregiving links, above, and Hospice links.

Evaluating Health Information - Links to resources offering tips to help you find the most reliable and up-to-date health information available (U.S. National Library of Medicine). See also Fact Checking and Fake News resources.

Exercise & Physical Activity for Seniors - Fitness information for older adults. Explains the different types & benefits of exercise, and offers advice on how to get started, stay motivated, exercise safely, and have fun being active throughout the year. Use the site's physical activity tracking tools to help stick with your exercise routine (National Institute on Aging). See also How much physical activity do you need?, which includes sections for older adults, and those with chronic health conditions & disabilities (U.S. Centers for Disease Control), Active Aging resources [NOTE: Page navigation menu may be at the bottom of the page on small screens] (International Council on Active Aging), Go4Life exercises VIDEO, and Exercise safety VIDEO (National Institute on Aging). For additional resources, see Medline: Exercise for Older Adults (U.S. National Library of Medicine).

Falls Among Older Adults - Unintentional falls are a common hazard for adults ages 65 and older, but this page offers strategies that can reduce falls and help older adults live better and longer (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention). How to Get Up Safely After a Fall explains the safest way to get up after a fall (University of Michigan); for related diagrams, see How to get up from a fall flyer [Link opens a PDF]. See also Debunking the Myths of Older Adult Falls UPDATED LINK! & 6 Steps to Prevent a Fall UPDATED LINK! (National Council on Aging). For more safety advice, see Safety Tips for Seniors, below.

Family Health History - Links to advice & tools for creating a family health history, which can help to predict whether you, your children, or your grandchildren might face an increased risk of developing serious health problems. (National Institutes of Health)

Fire Safety for Older Adults [Link opens a PDF] - A helpful printable booklet for older adults on what you can do to protect yourself and your home from fire, plus related fire safety resources (2018 - 2020, U.S. Fire Administration). See also Fire Safety Tips for Older Adults (National Fire Protection Association), and general Safety Tips for Seniors, below.

Grief - See Useful Websites: HEALTH & FITNESS - Grief Support.

Health Benefits: Can the Retiree Health Benefits Provided By Your Employer Be Cut? [Link opens a PDF] - Advice on understanding your employer's retiree health benefits plan (2018, U.S. Department of Labor). See also Retirement Health Benefits Advisor (U.S. Department of Labor).

Health Care Advance Planning Toolkit - A consumer guide to making advance health care directives, such as a living will or durable power of attorney for health care. Additional information & resources are available at Health Care Decision Making and Health Decision Resources (2020, American Bar Association; site includes advertisements). See also Advance Directives in New Jersey (2015, N.J. Department of Human Services) and Middlesex County Surrogate.

Learn about how the new health care law affects you HealthCare.gov - Explains the basics of the 'Affordable Care Act' of 2010, with tools to help you explore your health insurance coverage options and learn if you qualify for lower costs. You can also use this website to find out about other options for getting health coverage, report income or life changes, appeal a Marketplace decision, or learn more about using your new coverage. See also Medicare, below. If you are not yet eligible for Medicare and your income is very low, see Medicaid. (U.S. Department of Health & Human Services)

Health and Aging - Information & advice on health, disease, and healthy living for older adults, plus resources on caregiving, end-of-life, and related issues. Also includes collections of informative YouTube videos on health topics UPDATED LINKS! VIDEO, Go4Life exercises & Exercise safety videos, above, as well as publications on health for older adults and caregivers; most publications are available free online as printable PDFs. (National Institute on Aging, National Institutes of Health)

Hearing Aids - Consumer advice covering Types of Hearing Aids, Benefits & Safety Issues, Hearing Aids & Cell Phones, How to get Hearing Aids, and more. (2018, U.S. Food & Drug Administration)

Home Care Services - See Aging in Place links, below.

Hospice Care - See Hospice links.

Hot Weather Safety - See Weather and Older Adults, below.

Long Term Care - A wide range of information and options to help you plan and pay for future long-term care needs; includes an overview of public programs UPDATED LINK! that may cover some long-term care needs for low-income seniors. See also National Institute on Aging: Long Term Care, which includes a section on Aging in Place: Growing Older at Home (U.S. Department of Health and Human Services). Home Care Services (In-Home Care, Home Health Care) has links to information about services that may allow you to stay in your home (Medline Plus, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services). Long-term Care Ombudsman Locator can help you resolve complaints relating to long-term care. Click on the map to choose a state (National Consumer Voice for Quality Long-Term Care). Financial Planning: Long Term Care answers common questions about long term care (Insurance Information Institute; an industry-supported organization). See also Assisted Living links, below, and Caregiving links, above.

Medicare - All about Medicare services, plans, billing, providers, eligibility, etc. See also People with Medicare & Medicaid Center (Official Medicare sites). Medicare Rights Center has information and advice for people with Medicare questions or problems. Includes a variety of Medicare Resources and a Medicare phone helpline (1-800-333-4114) (non-profit organization). See also Center for Medicare Advocacy: Info by Topic (a national, non-profit law organization). Spot Health Insurance Scams NEW! offers advice on scams involving Medicare and Medicare Part D prescription drug plans. This page explains how to protect your personal information, and what drug plan providers may and may not do (2021, Federal Trade Commission), and Beware of Medicare Advantage marketing (2020, Health News Review). Senior Medicare Patrol of NJ helps Medicare beneficiaries, their families, and caregivers to prevent, detect, and report health care fraud, errors, and abuse; includes printable brochures, news & scam alerts, and more (Senior Medicare Patrol National Resource Center and Jewish Family Services of Middlesex County; funded by U.S. Department of Health and Human Services). If you do not qualify for Medicare, see HealthCare.gov, above. If you are not yet eligible for Medicare and your income is very low, see Medicaid.

Medicines: Tips for Seniors - 'As you get older you may be faced with more health conditions that you need to treat on a regular basis. It is important to be aware that more use of medicines and normal body changes caused by aging can increase the chance of unwanted or maybe even harmful drug interactions.' This page offers advice that can help you avoid problems with medicines (2018, U.S. Food and Drug Administration). See also Medications & Older Adults, which includes advice on Medications that Older Adults Should Avoid or use with Caution; Alternative Remedies; and What Older Adults Can Do to Manage Medications (2019, American Geriatrics Society; non-profit organization). Multiple Medicines [Link opens a PDF] is a brief article with general tips for managing multiple drugs, and regularly reviewing with your doctor the drugs you take (2011, Consumer Reports). See also Unused Medicines: Safe Disposal. For general drug information resources, see our HEALTH AND FITNESS: Drugs & Supplements links.

Menopause - See Useful Websites: HEALTH & FITNESS - Menopause.

Mental Health & Older Adults - Warning signs, news, topics & resources, and other information on depression and other mental health concerns (National Institute of Mental Health). For general resources on mental health, see Useful Websites: HEALTH & FITNESS - Mental Health.

Merck Manual (Consumer Edition): Older People's Health Issues - Covers a range of topics including the aging body, aging & drugs, elder mistreatment, falls, driving, social issues, and more. Click on 'Expand all' to the right of the heading Older People's Health Issues to see a complete list of topics (Merck & Co., Inc.; pharmaceutical company)

National Institute on Aging - See Health and Aging, above.

local resource New Jersey Health Facilities Evaluation and Licensing - Use this site to file a complaint about a health care facility, locate a hospital, nursing home or other health facility, find information about doctors, get help for a senior or caregiver, or plan for long-term care. The New Jersey Report Card has been replaced by Care Compare, above. See N.J. Health Care Consumer Reports and Guides for more information on hospitals, nursing homes, managed care, home health care, ambulatory surgery centers, and other health care services. (N.J. Department of Human Services)

Nursing Homes: Care Compare - A tool that allows you to find & compare nursing homes, hospitals and other providers near you. Also offers related resources, including a 60-page Guide to Choosing a Nursing Home (2019) [Link opens a PDF document], which includes a checklist, and a separate Nursing Home Checklist (2019) [Link opens a PDF document] to take along when you visit a nursing home. You can also view a frequently-updated list of nursing homes with poor performance records [Link opens a PDF document] (U.S. Department of Health and Human Services). See also New Jersey Health Facilities Evaluation and Licensing, below.

Nutrition for Seniors VIDEO - Articles & videos offering advice to help you prevent or manage disease (Eatright.org, Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics). See also Healthy Eating for Older Adults (National Institute on Aging).

Online Safety - See Online Safety for Older Adults, above.

Oral Health Information: Older Adults - Information that can help you keep your mouth healthy for a lifetime (National Institutes of Health). See also Taking Care of Your Teeth & Mouth (National Institute on Aging), and Caregiver Guide: Dental Problems (American Geriatrics Society). For more information about dentures & implants, see Medline's Denture Links.

Safety NEW! - Safety advice for seniors related to medications, driving, home, food and more (2017, National Institute on Aging). Use the CPSC Home Safety Checklist [Link opens a PDF] to prepare for an emergency and to spot possible safety problems in your home (2015, U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission). The CDC Home Safety Checklist [Link opens a PDF] 'asks about hazards found in each room of your home.' Includes advice on how to fix problems, and other tips for preventing falls (2005, U.S. Centers for Disease Control, National Center for Injury Prevention and Control). See also Crime Prevention Tips, Emergency Planning, Exercise safety, Falls Among Older Adults, Fire Safety for Older Adults, Weather and Older Adults, and Aging Drivers.

SmokeFree 60+ - Free, accurate, evidence-based information and professional assistance to help support the immediate and long-term needs of older adults trying to quit smoking (U.S. Department of Health and Human Services). See also Addiction in Older Adults, above.

Staying Sharp: Successful Aging and the Brain [Link opens a PDF] - Describes how the brain works and what changes are common with aging, and offers tips for improving memory & the ability to learn as we grow older (2017, Dana Foundation for Brain Research). The website also offers additional resources for Successful Aging, and news and information about brain science. For Brain Fitness Exercises, see Games for the Brain, below.

Strength Training - See Exercise & Physical Activity for Seniors, above.

Vision Loss: Senior Site VIDEO - This site is 'designed to encourage aging adults with eye diseases to live independently and productively.' It offers information on the resources and tools needed to continue everyday activities such as reading, shopping, working, socializing, and more (American Printing House for the Blind & American Foundation for the Blind). See also National Federation of the Blind.

Walking: Stepping Out - Advice for mature adults on walking to stay fit and maintaining your safety while you walk (2003, National Highway Traffic Safety Administration). See also Using a Cane and Using a Walker (University of Michigan).

Weather and Older Adults: Heat and Older Adults - Older adults (aged 65 and older) are more prone to heat stress than younger people. This page describes the symptoms of heat-related illness and offers tips to protect yourself (U.S. Centers for Disease Control). See Cold Weather Safety for Older Adults for advice on keeping warm in winter (National Institute on Aging).

Housing & Relocation

See also:
WEBFINDERS: Home & Garden

Need help? Start here: call 211 Call 2-1-1 when you need to find state or local resources to address urgent needs or everyday concerns, including health & mental health services, food banks, shelter, rental or utility assistance, adult day care, Meals on Wheels, transportation, childcare, crisis intervention services, job training, education, and more. 2-1-1 is free, confidential, multi-lingual, confidential, TTY accessible, and available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. 2-1-1 resource specialists will guide callers to the most helpful available resources. Visit the website for more information. [NOTE: 2-1-1 calls are generally toll-free; however, if you are calling 2-1-1 from your cell phone, please check with your cell phone service provider first to find out whether you will be charged for the call.] You can also reach 2-1-1 by dialing 877-652-1148. (United Ways of New Jersey)

South Plainfield seal South Plainfield Outreach and Referral Resources - Phone numbers for local, county & state resources covering a variety of needs such as emergency shelters, crisis hotlines, counseling, employment/unemployment, alcoholism/drug abuse, domestic violence, and more. The South Plainfield Social Services - Welfare Department operates a food pantry and assists the needy & disabled with various services. (Borough of South Plainfield)

compass Community & Social Services - Brochures from a wide range of community & social services, mostly from Middlesex County, for seniors, people with disabilities, veterans, families, and others. Includes information on mental health services, transit, energy, food assistance, recycling, wills & estates, and more, plus links to related agencies and information.

Middlesex County sealMiddlesex County Board of Social Services - Administers Federal and State public assistance programs, including adult protective services, homeless services, child support, cash assistance, food stamps, medical assistance programs, refugee resettlement, and more.

NJ SAVE logo NJ SAVE is a program to help low-income seniors and individuals with disabilities save money on Medicare premiums and prescription costs, as well as energy, food, and other living expenses. You can apply on line or download a printable application.

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Assisted Living - Information and consumer guides for assisted living residents and family members, covering such topics as choosing an assisted living residence, moving into an assisted living residence, caring for someone with Alzheimer's, paying for long term care, and more. Includes a printable Checklist for Consumers and Prospective Residents [Link opens a PDF] (National Center for Assisted Living; part of the American Health Care Association, an organization representing long term care providers). Consumer Reports' Guide to Assisted Living Community Types provides brief advice on finding the right assisted living situation for yourself or a family member (2017). Assisted Living: Seven Questions To Ask When Searching for Assisted Living offers expert advice on what you need to find out when choosing an assisted living facility (2013, PBS & WGBH Public Television). See also Long Term Care links, above.

Best Places to Retire (US News & World Report) - A collection of 'best places' lists that focus on different factors such as costs, jobs, health care, recreation, climate, and more. See also AARP's Most Livable Places at 50+, Milken Institute's Best Cities for Successful Aging (2017), Niche's Best Places to Retire in America (annual; Niche.com), and Forbes Magazine's Best Places to Retire (annual). Thinking about retiring outside the U.S.? See Retirement Abroad, below.

local resource Energy Assistance Programs (NJ) - Information about how to apply for help with home heating bills in New Jersey, including Home Energy Assistance and Weatherization Assistance. For information on applying in other states, see Benefits.gov: Energy Assistance [Select 'Energy Assistance' from the 'Filter by Subcategory' menu]. For additional resources, see our Home Energy Conservation: Heating Webfinder (South Plainfield Public Library).

local resource Housing Resource Center (NJ) - Information and online housing search tool for housing in New Jersey; includes specific searches for rentals with accessibility features, as well as temporary housing. For low-income housing, see also Affordable Housing in New Jersey and New Jersey Division of Aging Services: Congregate Housing Services Program (State of N.J.). Central Jersey Housing Resource Center (CJHRC) is a HUD-certified Housing Counseling agency that provides clients, at no charge, with counseling and information to help find affordable housing for families, individuals, senior citizens, and those with special needs. See also Community & Social Services brochures: Housing

Retirement Abroad - Brief tips on what steps you need to take before retiring abroad. Covers travel documents, health concerns, accessibility, local conditions, financial information, and more; use the gray tabs to find additional information about passports, travel preparations, specific countries, emergencies, and related topics (U.S. State Department). See also Retiring Abroad: A Beginner's Guide (2017, SmarterTravel.com; site includes advertisements). For 'best places' lists, see Best Places to Retire Abroad (2021, Next Avenue; site includes advertisements) and The 10 Best Affordable Places to Retire Overseas in 2021 (U.S. News & World Report; site includes advertisements).

Reverse Mortgages: Consumer Information - A reverse mortgage allows you to convert part of the equity in your home into cash without having to sell your home or pay additional monthly bills. But a reverse mortgage can be complicated and might not be right for you. This guide covers how reverse mortgages work, qualifying for a reverse mortgage, getting the best deal, and reporting fraud (2015, FTC). Reverse Mortgages FAQ provides answers to common questions about reverse mortgages, plus a printable Discussion Guide to Reverse Mortgages [Link opens a PDF] (2017, U.S. Consumer Financial Protection Bureau). The only reverse mortgage insured by the U.S. Federal Government is a Home Equity Conversion Mortgage (HECM); this page answers Frequently Asked Questions and provides additional information about HECMs (U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development). See also Reverse Mortgages (AARP) (site includes advertisements).

Law & Government

See also:
SENIORS: Money Management & Consumer Info
Useful Websites: GOVERNMENT & LAW
Useful Websites: TAXES

Need help? Start here: call 211 Call 2-1-1 when you need to find state or local resources to address urgent needs or everyday concerns, including health & mental health services, food banks, shelter, rental or utility assistance, adult day care, Meals on Wheels, transportation, childcare, crisis intervention services, job training, education, and more. 2-1-1 is free, confidential, multi-lingual, confidential, TTY accessible, and available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. 2-1-1 resource specialists will guide callers to the most helpful available resources. Visit the website for more information. [NOTE: 2-1-1 calls are generally toll-free; however, if you are calling 2-1-1 from your cell phone, please check with your cell phone service provider first to find out whether you will be charged for the call.] You can also reach 2-1-1 by dialing 877-652-1148. (United Ways of New Jersey)

South Plainfield seal South Plainfield Outreach and Referral Resources - Phone numbers for local, county & state resources covering a variety of needs such as emergency shelters, crisis hotlines, counseling, employment/unemployment, alcoholism/drug abuse, domestic violence, and more. The South Plainfield Social Services - Welfare Department operates a food pantry and assists the needy & disabled with various services. (Borough of South Plainfield)

compass Community & Social Services - Brochures from a wide range of community & social services, mostly from Middlesex County, for seniors, people with disabilities, veterans, families, and others. Includes information on mental health services, transit, energy, food assistance, recycling, wills & estates, and more, plus links to related agencies and information.

Middlesex County seal Middlesex County Board of Social Services - Administers Federal and State public assistance programs, including adult protective services, homeless services, child support, cash assistance, food stamps, medical assistance programs, refugee resettlement, and more.

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Ebsco Legal Information Reference Center Legal Information Reference Center - With a user-friendly interface, Legal Information Reference Center provides access to thousands of state-specific legal forms and more than 250 full-text publications, with more content being added on a regular basis.

REMEMBER: Websites providing legal information are intended to supplement, not substitute for, professional advice. Please consult an attorney about your legal concerns.

Benefits.gov - If you need government benefits but aren't sure which ones are available to you, check this website. (U.S. government site)

Elder Care Legal Resources - Information on medical and financial aspects of elder care. Legal forms such as Medical and Financial Powers of Attorney and Living Wills are also available, but there is a charge for them (site includes advertisements: Nolo Press).

Health Care Advance Planning - See Health Care Advance Planning Toolkit, above.

Justice in Aging - Provides advocacy for low-income elderly individuals, as well as those with disabilities. The site includes news, links, and publications on legal issues affecting seniors. Formerly National Senior Citizens Law Center.

Living Will - See Health Care Advance Planning Toolkit, above.

local resource Middlesex County Surrogate - 'In New Jersey, the person who passes on the validity of a will, gives the executor proof of his authority to administer the estate and sees to it that the executor handles the estate properly, is called the Surrogate.' The website provides information about Middlesex County wills, trusts, probate, estate taxes, living wills and more.

N.J. Division of Aging - See N.J. Division of Aging Services, above.

local resource N.J. Legal Services Directory - Legal Services of New Jersey provides free help for low-income individuals and families with civil law problems. A statewide telephone hotline is also available from LSNJ: 1-888-LSNJ-LAW (1-888-576-5529), open for calls 8:00 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., Monday through Friday. See also You and the Law In New Jersey, below.

local resource N.J. Professional Licensing Boards - Information about professional licensing in New Jersey. Search the License Verification [NOTE: To search for doctors, podiatrists, or other medical professionals not listed separately, choose 'MEDICAL EXAMINERS' from the dropdown list of Professions on the License Verification search page.] to find out the current status of the professional license (active, inactive, suspended, or expired) for practitioners of dozens of professions and occupations in the state of NJ, including lawyers, dentists, accountants, acupuncturists, social workers, veterinarians, barbers, funeral directors, locksmiths, and many more. (New Jersey Division of Consumer Affairs) See also N.J. Health Care Profile and related links.

Pension Help - See PensionHelp America, below.

Senior Services in New Jersey is now N.J. Division of Aging Services, above.

Taxes - See Taxes: Seniors & Retirees, below.

Wills - See Wills & Estate Planning, below.

local resource You and the Law In New Jersey: Seniors - A review of state law covering government aid & benefits for seniors, advance directives (living wills), long-term care, guardianship, wills & estates, and more. More information is available from the main You & the Law in New Jersey page (LSNJ). See also N.J. Legal Services Directory, above.

Money Management & Consumer Info

See also:
Useful Websites: CONSUMER INFO
WEBFINDERS: Money & Consumer Issues
Useful Websites: TAXES

Need help? Start here: call 211 Call 2-1-1 when you need to find state or local resources to address urgent needs or everyday concerns, including health & mental health services, food banks, shelter, rental or utility assistance, adult day care, Meals on Wheels, transportation, childcare, crisis intervention services, job training, education, and more. 2-1-1 is free, confidential, multi-lingual, confidential, TTY accessible, and available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. 2-1-1 resource specialists will guide callers to the most helpful available resources. Visit the website for more information. [NOTE: 2-1-1 calls are generally toll-free; however, if you are calling 2-1-1 from your cell phone, please check with your cell phone service provider first to find out whether you will be charged for the call.] You can also reach 2-1-1 by dialing 877-652-1148. (United Ways of New Jersey)

South Plainfield seal South Plainfield Outreach and Referral Resources - Phone numbers for local, county & state resources covering a variety of needs such as emergency shelters, crisis hotlines, counseling, employment/unemployment, alcoholism/drug abuse, domestic violence, and more. The South Plainfield Social Services - Welfare Department operates a food pantry and assists the needy & disabled with various services. (Borough of South Plainfield)

compass Community & Social Services - Brochures from a wide range of community & social services, mostly from Middlesex County, for seniors, people with disabilities, veterans, families, and others. Includes information on mental health services, transit, energy, food assistance, recycling, wills & estates, and more, plus links to related agencies and information.

Middlesex County sealMiddlesex County Board of Social Services - Administers Federal and State public assistance programs, including adult protective services, homeless services, child support, cash assistance, food stamps, medical assistance programs, refugee resettlement, and more.

NJ SAVE logo NJ SAVE is a program to help low-income seniors and individuals with disabilities save money on Medicare premiums and prescription costs, as well as energy, food, and other living expenses. You can apply on line or download a printable application.

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FTC seal FTC Consumer Information - A wealth of good advice on shopping smart and avoiding all kinds of frauds. You can search the site by keywords or browse through the topics covered under Money & Credit, Homes & Mortgages, Health & Fitness, Jobs & Making Money, and Privacy, Identity & Online Security. You can sign up for FTC Scam Alerts to get the latest info and practical tips on avoiding scams by email (Federal Trade Commission). See also Scams & Frauds, below.

Banking: Insured or Not Insured? VIDEO - Increasingly, institutions are offering consumers a broad array of investment products such as mutual funds, annuities, life insurance policies, stocks and bonds. Unlike the traditional checking or savings account, however, these non-deposit investment products are not insured by the FDIC. These pages explain which types of investments are or are not protected by FDIC Insurance. See also How are My Deposit Accounts Insured by FDIC? and Facts about Bank Investments (2020, FDIC). Credit Union accounts are insured through the National Credit Union Administration.

Benefits.gov - If you need government benefits but aren't sure which ones are available to you, check this website. (U.S. government site)

Better Business Bureau - Before dealing with an unfamiliar company or charity, you may want to search here to find out whether the BBB has a report on them. The site also offers Consumer News, with tips, scam alerts, and other helpful resources, an online complaint form, and links to local BBBs.

Charity Navigator: Tips for Older Donors - Easy-to-follow precautions which can help you avoid charity scams and be sure you contribute only to legitimate and efficient charities (Site includes advertisements). See our Charitable Giving Webfinder for additional resources.

Consumer Resources - For general consumer resources, see Useful Websites: CONSUMER INFO.

Computers & Internet - See Online Safety for Seniors, above.

Direct Deposit for Social Security and Federal Benefits - The U.S. Department of the Treasury now requires all federal benefit and non-tax payments, including Social Security, to be made by direct deposit to a bank or credit union account, or to a debit card account. Visit this website to learn more about your options. You can also find out more by phoning the GoDirect Helpline: (800) 333-1795. (U.S. Department of the Treasury and the Federal Reserve Banks)

Financial Protection for Older Americans - Tools for later-life financial security, protecting against fraud, and managing someone else's money (Consumer Financial Protection Bureau). Money Smart for Older Adults provides information on common frauds, scams and other forms of elder financial exploitation and suggests steps that older persons and their caregivers can take to avoid being targeted or victimized (2021, U.S. Consumer Financial Protection Bureau). The Financial Self-Defense Guide for Seniors [Link opens a PDF] describes the most common real-life situations in which older Americans are vulnerable to financial abuse by a financial advisor, and provides advice for seniors & their families for guarding against such abuse (2014, U.S. General Services Administration, Federal Citizen Information Center, and Certified Financial Board of Standards, Inc.). See also Retirement links, Scams & Frauds and Investment Fraud, below.

Frauds and Scams - See Scams & Frauds, below.

Government Benefits - See Benefits.gov, above.

local resource Insurance and Consumer Finance Information for Seniors - Brief advice on avoiding insurance fraud, predatory lending, and related scams targeting seniors (New Jersey Department of Banking and Insurance). For basic info about all types of insurance, see Insurance: The Basics (Insurance Information Institute; an industry-supported organization).

Investment Fraud - Tips for older investors on how to recognize fraudulent investment offers and report suspicious sales pitches & actual scams (2020). FINRA's Senior Helpline is a toll-free phone number that senior investors can call to get assistance from FINRA or raise concerns about issues with brokerage accounts and investments; see also related information & tools INTERACTIVE (Financial Industry Regulatory Authority, Inc.; non-profit organization authorized by Congress to protect U.S. investors). See also A Guide for Seniors: Protect Yourself Against Investment Fraud and Financial Fraud Resources for Seniors (2017, U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission). See also Scams & Frauds, below.

Managing Someone Else's Money - This guide helps family members and others understand their role as an agent under a Power of Attorney. It provides tips on making financial decisions for someone else as well as protecting assets from fraud and scams. You can download this publication free (PDF) or order printed copies; related guides are listed on the page, and are also available from Managing Someone Else's Money guides and What is a power of attorney (POA)? (2016 - 2019, U.S. Consumer Financial Protection Bureau). See also Managing Someone Else's Money: New protection from ID theft and fraud (2018, U.S. Federal Trade Commission). See also Caregiving links, above.

Money Management - For additional Money Management and Investment Resources, see WEBFINDERS: Money & Consumer Issues.

Online Frauds & Scams - See Scams & Frauds, below.

PensionHelp America - 'Looking for help with a pension, 401(k), profit-sharing, or other retirement plan? This website provides a free one-stop information and assistance resource for anyone who has questions or needs help with their pension benefits, no matter where they live in the U.S., and no matter what type of pension they have.' (Pension Rights Center; non-profit organization)

Retirement Toolkit - A list of useful publications and interactive tools, plus a timeline to help you plan for the kind of retirement you want; other retirement planning guides are also linked on this page (2019, U.S. Department of Labor, Social Security Administration, and Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services). You'll find additional information, tools, and resources at Planning for Retirement VIDEO & Retirement Topics (2008 - 2019, U.S. Department of Labor), and Planning for retirement and links to related resources (2013 - 2017, Consumer Financial Protection Bureau). Retirement Benefits & Pension Basics offers brief advice & links to additional resources on saving for retirement, social security, protecting your private pension benefits, and civil service retirement (2020, USA.gov). Retirement Planning: Funding Your Retirement (360 Degrees of Financial Literacy) offers articles, calculators, and Q & A on financial planning for retirement (American Institute of Certified Public Accountants; date unknown). My Money: Retirement UPDATED LINK! VIDEO has links to financial guidance for older Americans on various aspects of retirement & retirement planning (2014 - 2020, U.S. Financial Literacy and Education Commission). See also Retirement Resources (U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission), and Investment links (above).

Scams & Frauds - Reviews a variety of scams and frauds, with advice on avoiding them (USA.gov). See FTC Consumer Information, above, for additional information. The National Consumers League's Fraud.org describes some common frauds and scams, including Frauds Against Older Adults, plus general Fraud Prevention Tips (non-profit organization). See also Middlesex County Fraud Prevention Tips [Link opens a PDF] (2016, Middlesex County Prosecutor) and Scams Targeting Older Adults (National Credit Union Administration), as well as The Perfect Scam podcast AUDIO (AARP), Senior Citizens' Anti-Fraud Toolkit & printable Senior Fraud Education and Protection Program booklet (2012 - 2017, New Jersey Division of Consumer Affairs), Financial Protection for Older Americans, Insurance and Consumer Finance Information for Seniors, Investment Fraud, & Online Safety for Older Adults, above.

Social Security Retirement Planner - If you are near retirement, this Retirement Planner can guide you through the benefits process. It includes Social Security benefit calculators, eligibility information, information on applying for Medicare, and other helpful resources (Social Security Administration). The age you claim Social Security affects your lifetime income. Plannning for Retirement: Before You Claim helps you think through this decision with an interactive questionnaire (U.S. Consumer Financial Protection Bureau). See also Scams involving your Social Security number and benefits are on the rise (2019, Consumer Financial Protection Bureau).

Taxes: Seniors & Retirees - Tax advice, forms, publications, and other tax-related information of particular interest to older Americans (Internal Revenue Service). See also IRS Tips for Seniors in Preparing their Taxes, Free Tax Counseling for the Elderly UPDATED LINK!, Retirement Plan and IRA Required Minimum Distributions FAQs, IRS Publications for Older Americans, NJ Property Tax Reimbursement (Senior Freeze) Forms and AARP Foundation Tax-Aide: Online Tax Help UPDATED LINK!. For general tax resources, see our Tax links page.

WEBFINDERS: Money & Consumer Issues - Links to selected web resources on personal finance, investment, charitable giving, green shopping and more.

Wills, Trusts, & Probate - Advice about estate planning. 'Create a will, living trust, power of attorney, or living will, and learn how to avoid probate and estate tax or act as an executor' (Nolo Press; site includes advertisements). See also Middlesex County Surrogate. [REMEMBER: Websites providing legal information are intended to supplement, not substitute for, professional advice. Please consult an attorney about your legal concerns.]

Recreation & Leisure

See also:
SENIORS: Arts, Media, Culture & Society
SENIORS: Computers
SENIORS: Education
WEBFINDER: Genealogy Resources
WEBFINDERS: Hobbies and Crafts

Universal Class Continuing Education CoursesUNIVERSAL CLASS: Free online non-credit courses for your personal enrichment. Courses are accessible 24/7 via the Internet, and are offered in a wide variety of subjects, including business, computers, cooking, crafts & hobbies, do-it-yourself, health, history, home & garden, office skills, parenting & family, personal care, psychology, real estate, self-help, religious & spiritual studies, web development, writing, and more. You will have up to 6 months to finish each course, and each course has a real instructor you can communicate with by email! To sign up for classes, you'll need to register on the site and choose a username & password for your account. (From Recorded Books)

Rosetta Stone Language LearningRosetta Stone Language Learning offers the proven immersion method of language learning that more than 20,000 schools have trusted for over 20 years. The award-winning interactive approach has been used by millions of learners around the world and now is accessible in the library - or anywhere, anytime.

Heritage QuestHeritage Quest Online Genealogy: A genealogy research tool you can use at home or in the library. Heritage Quest offers access to over 20,000 family and local histories, U.S. Federal Census records, 1790-1930, thousands of genealogy and local history periodicals, bank records, and more.

Ancestry Library EditionAncestry Library Edition: Ancestry Library Edition provides library patrons instant access to a wide range of resources for genealogical and historical research, including records from the U.S. Census; military records; court, land and probate records; vital and church records; directories; petitions for naturalization; passenger lists and more!

Games for the Brain - Sudoku, Chinese checkers, word games, trivia quizzes, and other fun activities to help keep your brain fit. (Site includes advertisements)

Gardening with a Physical Limitation - Advice on overcoming obstacles and challenges when gardening with a physical limitation (Ohio State University Extension). For general garden resources, see our Green Lawn & Garden Webfinder and related posts.

Genealogy Webfinder - Selected links to online resources and library materials for genealogy. (South Plainfield Public Library)

How-to Sites - See USEFUL WEBSITES - General & Multi-Subject Sites: How-To Sites.

Needlework Webfinder - Selected links to online resources and library materials for crochet, knitting, sewing, quilting, and other types of needlework. See also WEBFINDERS: Hobbies and Crafts (South Plainfield Public Library)

Photography - See Digital Photography links.

Travel & Transportation

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WEBFINDERS: Auto Repair

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Need help? Start here: call 211 Call 2-1-1 when you need to find state or local resources to address urgent needs or everyday concerns, including health & mental health services, food banks, shelter, rental or utility assistance, adult day care, Meals on Wheels, transportation, childcare, crisis intervention services, job training, education, and more. 2-1-1 is free, confidential, multi-lingual, confidential, TTY accessible, and available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. 2-1-1 resource specialists will guide callers to the most helpful available resources. Visit the website for more information. [NOTE: 2-1-1 calls are generally toll-free; however, if you are calling 2-1-1 from your cell phone, please check with your cell phone service provider first to find out whether you will be charged for the call.] You can also reach 2-1-1 by dialing 877-652-1148. (United Ways of New Jersey)

compass Community & Social Services - Brochures from a wide range of community & social services, mostly from Middlesex County, for seniors, people with disabilities, veterans, families, and others. Includes information on mental health services, transit, energy, food assistance, recycling, wills & estates, and more, plus links to related agencies and information.

Middlesex County sealMiddlesex County Board of Social Services - Administers Federal and State public assistance programs, including adult protective services, homeless services, child support, cash assistance, food stamps, medical assistance programs, transportation assistance, and more.

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Aging Drivers [Link opens a PDF] - A guide for family, friends, and caregivers concerned about the safety of an older driver. Mostly provides general advice, but some information is specific to New York (2015, N.Y. State Office for the Aging). Family Conversations with Older Drivers also has helpful advice for older drivers and their families on; use the left-hand menu to access related topics such as Driving Evaluations, Driving Wellness, and Dementia & Driving (The Hartford Financial Services Group, Inc). Senior Driving (AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety) includes information on how medications may affect your driving, state licensing laws, buying vehicles with assistive accessories, Online Driving Evaluation tools UPDATED LINK! INTERACTIVE to help you assess how visual, mental and physical conditions may affect your safety as a driver, resources for family & friends, and more. See also Older Driver Safety, which includes advice on driving for those with a variety of health conditions, including Alzheimer's, Sleep Apnea, Arthritis, Cataracts, Diabetes, Seizures, and others, plus info on driving when you are on medication and talking to an older driver (National Highway Traffic Safety Administration). The Canada Safety Council provides Tips for Older Drivers on Medications (2018; site includes advertisements). See also Programs to Keep Driving Skills Sharp (2017, Consumer Reports), and Alzheimer's, Dementia and Driving: a Practical Guide, below.

America the Beautiful Passes UPDATED LINKS! - Senior discounts on an annual or lifetime National Parks and Federal Recreational Lands Pass are available to those age 62 or over. Free Access passes are available for those with permanent disabilities, and for Veterans and Gold Star Families. The pass covers entrance, standard amenity fees and day use fees for a driver and passengers at more than 2,000 federal recreation sites. (National Park Service)

Alzheimer's, Dementia and Driving: a Practical Guide - Advice to help individuals diagnosed with dementia, and their caregivers, to determine when it is time to stop driving. (The Hartford Financial Services Group, Inc)

Driving - Aging Drivers, above.

Grandchildren: Traveling with Grandchildren - Tips on planning a safe and enjoyable vacation with your grandkids (2017, SmarterTravel.com; site includes advertisements). See also Planning a Family Vacation - without the Parents (2017, Family Travel Association; a travel industry association) and Travel with Children: Safety Tips (2018, American Academy of Pediatrics).

Handicapped Plates & Placards - See Wheelchair Symbol Plates and Persons with a Disability Placards, below.

Historic Places: Heritage Travel - Information about U.S. historic places listed in the National Register, arranged by theme or location. Includes descriptions of each historic place and its importance in American history; tourist information for historic sites, including hours, phone numbers, and links; interactive maps; color and vintage photographs; and links to related preservation and tourism web sites. For information on visiting any of our National Parks, see America the Beautiful Passes, above, and National Park Service. To find out about all kinds of local attractions in the South Plainfield area, see our annual Staycation Guide & travel links.

International Travel: Considerations for Older Travelers - Brief tips on what you need to know before you travel, with links to additional information. Covers travel documents, health concerns, accessibility, local conditions, financial information, and more. See also Checklist for Traveling Abroad. (U.S. State Department)

Road Scholar - Adventures in lifelong learning through educational travel, for adults age 55 and over. Non-profit organization; there is a charge for travel programs; formerly Elderhostel. Includes Multi-Generational Adventures for grandparents, parents and children. See also Lifelong Learning Institutes, above.

Travel Tips for Older Americans - See Considerations for Older Travelers, above.

local resource Wheelchair Symbol Plates and Persons with a Disability Placards (NJ) - Information on how to obtain special parking privileges in New Jersey if you are temporarily or permanently disabled. (N.J. Motor Vehicle Commission)

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