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Arts, Books, Media, Culture, & Society

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

Free audiobooks, eBooks, eMagazines and Music! Free book newsletters in your email! Find new books based on books you like!

NOTE : A high-speed internet connection (cable or DSL) is recommended
for viewing and listening to audio / video presentations.

Backstory Radio audio - An entertaining and informative weekly radio show about a wide range of topics in American History. You can listen online or subscribe to the podcast to listen on your MP3 player or other portable device. (Virginia Foundation for the Humanities)

British Museum Events Archive audiovideo - Lectures and debates on historical & cultural subjects, plus videos of special events and performances at the museum; scroll down the page for a list of all recorded events.

Conversations with History video - 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 through 2013. You can subscribe to the audio podcast audio through iTunes or RSS feed. (University of California)

Distinctive Voicesvideo - A collection of video lectures that highlight innovations, discoveries, and emerging issues in medicine, biotechnology, energy, the environment, space exploration, and more. Lectures range from about 40 minutes to 90 minutes. Presented by the National Academy of Sciences, National Academy of Engineering and Institute of Medicine; videos hosted on YouTube. High school and up.

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. [NOTE : There is a charge to view videos marked as 'Pay-Per-View'.] (Site includes advertisements)

History, Arts, and Culture Podcasts from the U.S. Government audio video - 'Government podcasts on subjects such as art museums, black history, Peace Corps, and Presidential archives.' (USA.gov)

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). See the History of South Plainfield and History Buff's Guide to Middlesex County for overviews of local history. See also Middlesex County Cultural and Heritage Commission audio, New Jersey Digital Highway and New Jersey Historical Commission. 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 Studs Terkel's 'Conversations with America'. For more on American History, see Backstory Radio audio, above. For online articles from history magazines, see History Net, American Heritage, BBC History Magazine : History Extranew (includes podcast), and Archaeology.

Library of Congress Webcasts video - Online videos on a wide range of topics, including arts, biography, history, culture, education, government, literature, religion, and science & technology.

Library Service for the Blind and Physically Handicapped - 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). The Described and Captioned Media Library audiovideo 'has over 4,000 free-loan described and captioned media titles... members can watch media online or order a DVD copy to be shipped to them.' The media library covers arts, business, health, home & family, literature, and science. Browse through the catalog by topic; you can apply filters to see only media with the accessibility features you need. Individuals must be deaf or hard of hearing (or the parent of a deaf or hard of hearing child) to register for membership, but registration is free (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' (non-profit organization). Locally, the SOUTH PLAINFIELD PUBLIC LIBRARY offers audio books, large print books, eLibrary digital downloads (free ebooks, audiobooks, music, and emagazines), and homebound delivery. Call us at (908) 754-7885 for more information.

Mind Online audiovideo - Conversations and lectures with leading thinkers, writers, and researchers on a wide range of topics. (University of Chicago)

Museum of Fine Arts Online Tours - Images and descriptions highlight paintings, sculpture, prints, photographs, and objects from around the world; there is also a 'Director's Choice' audio tour. Images may be zoomed, panned, enlarged, or e-mailed; click on 'Larger Image' for a full-screen view. (Museum of Fine Arts, Boston)

National Gallery of Art Podcasts audiovideo - Online audio and video series on a wide range of art topics such as Pompeii and the Roman Villa, Afghan Treasures, Fontainebleau, Robert Rauschenberg, Edward Hopper, Amateur Photography, and more. (National Gallery of Art, Washington, DC)

New York Public Library Events Archive audiovideo - Online webcasts of presentations on a variety of cultural topics as well as small business seminars.

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 audiovideo - '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. Website 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 subscribe to the podcast to listen on your MP3 player or other portable device (Brown University).

PBS Online Media audio video - Access to a growing online library of past PBS programming as well as audio and video podcasts.

Podbay Podcast Directory audio - Directory of top-ranking podcasts (rankings by TrueRank and iTunes). For each podcast, Podbay provides a general description, downloadable episode list, links to the podcast website, and links to subscribe to the podcast in iTunes or by RSS feed. Search by keyword, or browse by broad topic. The Learn Out Loud Podcast Directory audio lists over 2000 audio and video podcasts you can learn from. You can listen to or watch podcasts on the site or download them directly to your computer without any software needed. The site also links to most of these podcasts on iTunes, and provides the RSS feeds if you want to subscribe with other podcast applications. You can search the directory by keywords or browse by subject. (Developed & maintained by Ecotech IT Solutions)

Reading Group Guides UPDATED LINKS! - Offers advice on starting and running a reading group, with book recommendations, reading guides, contests, and more. (BookReporter.com; site includes advertisements)

Smithsonian - Online exhibits from the Smithsonian Institution (including the National Musuem of American History), featuring art and design, science and nature, and history and faraway places.

TED Talks video - An archive of thought-provoking and inspiring talks by leading thinkers and doers. Covers a broad range of topics in technology, design, entertainment, science, business, the arts, and global issues. NPR hosts the TED Radio Hour, which features excerpts from TED Talks and conversations with speakers, each centered on a common theme such as the source of happiness, crowd-sourcing innovation, power shifts, or inexplicable connections; you can listen online or subscribe to the podcast. See also Big Ideas : The Do Lectures (Co-founded by UK entrepreneurs David & Clare Hieatt) and Aspen Ideas Festival video (Aspen Institute and The Atlantic).

WGBH Forumvideo - Video and audio lectures from the world's foremost scholars, authors, artists, scientists, policymakers, and community leaders (WGBH & the Lowell Institute; hosted on YouTube).

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 MP3 player or other portable device. (Virginia Foundation for the Humanities)

Computers & Technology

See also:
Useful Websites : COMPUTERS

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! NOTE : If you're using this resource on your home computer, you'll have to enter your name, library card barcode, and PIN to begin. Once you have registered on the site, you can go directly to the Login page. (From Recorded Books)

The Ageless Project - If you want to see how people of your own generation — or another generation — are using the Internet to express themselves, take a look at this site. It showcases the personal web pages of people born in the 1920s through the 1990s, arranged by decade of birthdate. You can post your own non-commercial website here too.

Computer Training Tutorials video - Self-paced lessons on Computer Basics, Internet Basics, E-Mail & Social Media, Internet Safety, Microsoft Office Software, and more, including lessons on using Microsoft's Windows 98, Windows XP, Windows 7, and Windows 8 video operating systems. There's even a typing tutorial (Goodwill Community Foundation). See also AARP Technology How-To Guides (site includes advertisements).

Evaluating Web Pages - 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. (UC Berkeley Library)

Good 50 Search Engine - A user-friendly web search engine designed to reduce eye strain and help prevent Computer Vision Syndrome (CVS). Powered by Google, Good 50 has a larger search box, the option to adjust to a larger font in the search results, a Low Vision / High Contrast option, and other unique features. Some features may not work in Firefox. (Site includes advertisements; created by high school student Sunmee Huh)

On Guard Online - Advice from the federal government on how to protect yourself and your computer from viruses, adware, spyware, identity theft, scams and fraud (Federal Trade Commission et al.). See also Looks Too Good to be True (U.S. Postal Inspection Service, FBI, et al.).

Readability - A free web and mobile app 'that makes reading on the Web more enjoyable by removing the clutter around what you're reading.' It will also display the text in a size that doesn't require a magnifying glass to read! (By Arc90, a technology / design firm)

Education

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

NOTE: A high-speed internet connection (cable or DSL) is recommended
for viewing and listening to audio / video presentations.

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! (From Recorded Books)
NOTE : If you're using this resource on your home computer, you'll have to enter your name, library card barcode, and PIN to begin. Once you have registered on the site, you can go directly to the Login page.

Annenberg Media 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. Free registration is required to view the programs. (Annenberg Foundation / Corporation for Public Broadcasting)

Courseranew - 'Coursera is an education platform that partners with top universities and organizations worldwide, to offer courses online for anyone to take, for free.' Choose from hundreds of courses and learn on your own schedule, with short video lectures, interactive quizzes, peer graded assessments, and interaction with classmates & teachers. [NOTE : In some courses, you may have the option to enroll for additional services for a fee.]

Elderhostel is now Road Scholar, below.

Exploritas is now Road Scholar, 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 - Formerly Learning in Retirement 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).

Open Courseware Consortium - Find free online college-level course materials covering a broad range of topics, from universities around the world. Includes course overviews, assignments, readings, handouts, practice exams, and related resources (Non-profit educational consortium).

Open University Learning Space - Hundreds of free online courses in arts & humanities, business & management, computing & technology, education, international studies, health care, languages, law, math, psychology, science, and more. Units are available from introductory to postgraduate level and can be studied anytime, at your own pace. There is no tutor, but each course has clear learning outcomes and assessment resources. Sign up for free to track your progress, connect with other learners in the discussion forums, and find the tools to help you learn. (The Open University, Milton Keynes UK)

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)

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 Update Podcasts audio - Daily 60-second audio reports on the latest discoveries in science, technology and medicine; there is also a somewhat longer weekly podcast (American Association for the Advancement of Science). Science Magazine's Multimedia Center audiovideo includes podcasts, video, and interactives (site includes advertisements). The Boston Museum of Science weekly podcasts audio provide an in-depth look at the latest in science and technology. For more audio science news, see NPR Research News audio and NPR Science audio (National Public Radio). Inside Science video has news articles and videos on science for general audiences (American Institute of Physics et al.; site includes advertisements).

South Plainfield Adult Education - Information on local adult education programs including Adult High School, Adult School Brochure, and Trip List.

Stanford on iTunes audio - Download free audio recordings of lectures from Stanford University faculty, plus interviews, music and sports, to play on your iPod, Mac or PC, or to record on a CD; requires iTunes software (free download). University of California at Berkeley audiovideo also offers webcasts of courses and events. With iTunes you can download lectures and other audio & video files from many universities and educational institutions, listed in the iTunes U section. Open Yale Courses audiovideo 'provides 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.'

Udacitynew - Interactive online courses developed with the help of leaders in the tech industry 'to provide the most relevant and cutting-edge tech education that bridges the gap between academia and the needs of the 21st century workforce.' (Sebastian Thrun et al.) [NOTE : In some courses, you may have the option to enroll for additional services for a fee.]

Employment & Business

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See also:
Useful Websites : BUSINESS
Useful Websites : JOBS & CAREERS
EbscoHost Business resources Gale Cengage Small Business Resource Center logo

Job and Career AcceleratorJOB & CAREER ACCELERATOR - An easy-to-use online resource for finding the job that's perfect for you! Whether you're looking to find a new job in your current field, or eager to pursue a career in an exciting new industry, Job & Career Accelerator will guide you through every step of the process and help make your career goals a reality! (LearningExpress, LLC)

Career Transitions has been discontinued.

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! NOTE : If you're using this resource on your home computer, you'll have to enter your name, library card barcode, and PIN to begin. Once you have registered on the site, you can go directly to the Login page. (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.

50+ Entrepreneursnew - 'Are you nearing retirement and exploring new opportunities? Or, are you wondering how you will generate income once you retire? A growing number of individuals over the age of 50... are turning to small business ownership.' This site offers resources & tools to help you effectively prepare for starting & running a small business, including business planning, mentoring and financial assistance. (U.S. Small Business Administration). For more helpful business resources, see Useful Websites : BUSINESS

Age Bias at the Executive Level - Brief helpful tips on countering age bias in your job search. See also The 40-Plus Career Reinvention Checklist, as well as links to related pages at the bottom of each article. (Monster.com; site includes advertisements)

Age Discrimination - Questions and answers about laws protecting older workers from age discrimination, plus links to related resources. (From Workplace Fairness, a non-profit organization; site includes advertisements)

America's Career InfoNet - An excellent place to start a job search, this site includes links to Employment Training Locator for Older Workers; Job Banks in every state (Click here for New Jersey); Career One Stop, offering a wide assortment of career information and job search tools; and America's Service Locator, a searchable directory of local service centers which offer PCs, faxes, copy machines, and many other services for job hunters. (U.S. Department of Labor)

AARP Work & Retirement Resources - Helpful articles and tools for older workers, covering job hunting, life at work, recareering, retirement planning, and more. (Site includes advertisements)

Best of the Web: Employment - 50 Plus - A selection of online resources offering job listings, career advice, and volunteer / service opportunities for people over 50. (New York Public Library)

Disability.gov - Covers a variety of topics related to employment for people with disabilities, including advice for individuals seeking work; information on employment rights, laws and regulations; and resources for employment programs and job accommodations. For additional disability resources, see Job Accommodation Network. (U.S. Department of Labor)

Encore Careers - 'For 50 years, the average 50-something American was headed straight toward a leisure-based retirement... Not anymore.' This site offers resources to help older workers find careers that 'combine purpose, passion, and a paycheck'. Includes information on finding your calling, job hunting, updating job skills, financing & managing career transitions, and much more (Civic Ventures®; non-profit organization). See also Work Reimagined (AARP and LinkedIn).

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. (National Council on the Aging)

New Jersey WorkForce 55+ UPDATED LINKS! - 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; part of the Jobs 4 Jersey employment site.)

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. Includes a variety of Templates & Tools, and other helpful online materials for small businesses. For more helpful business resources, see Useful Websites : BUSINESS

Senior Corps - Volunteer opportunities for senior citizens (Corporation for National and Community Service, an independent federal agency). Volunteer New Jersey provides advice and information about volunteering, with links to United Way chapters and other volunteer centers in each county of the state (Association of New Jersey Volunteer Centers).

General Senior & Aging Resources

See also:
Useful Websites : GENERAL

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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 Way, in partnership with the State of New Jersey)

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AARP - 'AARP is dedicated to enhancing quality of life for all as we age... through information, advocacy and service. AARP also provides a wide range of unique benefits, special products, and services for our members.' Website has a large collection of informative articles on money & work, learning, family, technology, and travel; use the menu bars across the top of the page to choose a topic. There are also many useful Tools & Calculators covering money, health, travel, and more. (Site includes advertisements)

Administration on Aging UPDATED LINK! - Resources for elders and caregivers, including links to state and local agencies, information on public and private benefits programs, advice on long-term care planning, and more. (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.' Includes a small collection of Retiree Resources including fact sheets, research reports, and links. 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)

ElderCare Locator - A national toll-free referral service funded by the U.S. Administration on Aging (AoA) 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.

New Jersey Division of Aging Services (formerly Senior Services) - Information on state services for seniors and their families / caregivers. See also New Jersey Helps, 'a one-stop shopping resource for the wide range of programs, information and services provided by the Department of Human Services and its partners, to assist individuals, families and communities in throughout the State of New Jersey.' Locally, see Middlesex County Department on Aging and the South Plainfield Senior Center.

Next Avenue - A website designed to help people over the age of 50 'create a new life stage that lies somewhere between young adulthood and ''old-old'' adulthood.' Provides information and advice on health & well-being, money & security, work & purpose, living & learning, 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 - Links to resources for seniors, on topics such as caregiving, housing, home safety, grief, end-of-life issues, neglect & abuse, health, family, money, and special needs. (University of Florida Extension)

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 environmennt with useful and entertaining programming and activities.' Includes a calendar of upcoming trips and events.

USA.Gov for Seniors - A gateway to federal government information on topics such as consumer protection, education, jobs & volunteerism, health, retirement, money, taxes, travel, and more.

Grandparenting, Caregiving & Family

See also:
Useful Websites : PARENTING & FAMILY

101 Things You Can Do With or For Kids - See Parenting & Family.

Caregiver N.J. is now N.J. Aging and Disability Resource Connection, below.

Caregivers' Resources - If you are responsible for an aging parent or other adult, this site links to helpful resources for providing care, government benefits, legal matters, end-of-life issues, long-distance caregiving, and support for caregivers (USA.gov). Locally, the Rutgers University Behavioral HealthCare (UBHC)new offers a number of geriatric services for caregivers & families, including the E.A.R.S. (Educate, Advocate and Reduce Stress) for Caregivers Program in Middlesex County; contact 1-866-300-3277 or 732-235-8452 for more information. So Far Away focuses on some issues that are unique to long-distance caregiving, with information that is important to know whether you live next door or across the country (2011, National Institute on Aging). Health, Wellness and Caregiving Resources offers useful fact sheets, links, and other resources, including Here's How You Can Help [Link opens a PDF], a printable list of suggestions caregivers can make when family, friends, or neighbors ask how they can help. The list is designed specifically for people who are caring for Alzheimer's patients, but many of the suggestions will be useful in any caregiving situation (Visiting Nurses Association of Somerset Hills). See also How to Know When a Senior Needs Help (VNA Health Group; non-profit organization). Caring for the Caregivers explores the emotional, physical and financial difficulties caregivers may face, offers some basic advice, and links to a few related resources (2006, National Institutes of Health). See also CCAL Caregiving Resources (non-profit national consumer advocacy and education organization), and Caregiving Info & Advice (Family Caregiver Alliance).

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)

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). For free legal forms & documents, see New Jersey Legal Forms Library and Law Depot.

Family Caregiving - Expert advice on key aspects of caregiving, including finances, health, housing, nutrition, relationships, and more. (eXtension.org, an educational partnership of 74 U.S. universities)

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. (2011, Legal Services of N.J.)

Grandparents Raising Grandchildren - Links to advice, assistance, and other resources for grandparents (USA.gov). See also Parenting Again Newsletter (University of Illinois Extension). Fathering Tips for Grandfathers offers articles and resources to help guide your involvement in the lives of your children and grandchildren (National Center for Fathering). 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 (The Partnership at Drugfree.org). Grandparents, Friends & Family has advice and links on family relationships, parenting, grandparenting, values, stories, and more (AARP; site includes advertisements). Grandloving offers 'creative, family-friendly ideas for keeping close to your grandchildren.... hundreds of tips and dozens of project ideas' (by authors Sue Johnson, Julie Carlson & Elizabeth Bowe). Grand Magazine is 'your resource for living the GRAND life, from the serious intergenerational issues of today to toy and book reviews, fun and games, vitality and wellness, fiscal fitness and financial insights, leisure and love, mind, body and soul.'

Grief Resources - Articles and other resources that focus on grief, loss or end-of-life issues. See also Helping Grandchildren Deal with Grief (AARP) and A Guide to Children's Grief (PBS).

Guardianship Resources - 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)

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. See also N.J. Division of Aging Services UPDATED LINK! (State of New Jersey)

Nursing Home Compare - Detailed information about the past performance of every Medicare and Medicaid certified nursing home in the country; searchable by geographic area or facility name. (U.S. Department of Health and Human Services)

Health, Safety, Fitness and Health Care

See also:
Useful Websites : HEALTH & FITNESS
WEBFINDERS : People with Disabilities
Useful Websites : PARENTING & FAMILY: Grandparents and Elder Care

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)

Learn about how the new health care law affects you

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- The Health Insurance Marketplace is a new way to get affordable coverage; answer a few questions on this website to learn if you qualify for lower costs. Open enrollment ends March 31. (U.S. Department of Health & Human Services)

EBSCO Health resources EBSCOHost Health Source (Consumer Edition) - Access to nearly 80 full text, consumer health magazines, with information on many health topics including the medical sciences, food sciences and nutrition, childcare, sports medicine and general health. 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. (An EBSCOHost Database)

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.

Salud en Español Salud en Español - Reportes completos basados en evidencias y fichas de datos relacionados a todos los aspectos de la salud y el bienestar. Reportes específicos por tema que cubren todos los aspectos de la salud, dan información general importante en relación a enfermedades, afecciones y procedimientos de diversos tratamientos. Clic el ícono y entre su nombre, código de barras, y número de identificación personal. (Administrado por EBSCOHost)

AARP Health - Tips and articles on staying healthy and fit over 50, plus information about insurance & medicare, doctors & hospitals, and long-term care. Includes a drug interaction checker and other health tools & calculators (site includes advertisements).

Aging & Addiction - Examines drug and alcohol addiction among older adults, with resources for intervention and treatment. (Hazelden Addiction Treatment Centers)

Aging & Sleep - Sleep patterns and problems may change as we get older. This article describes some of the sleep problems that can arise with aging. (2009, Sleep Foundation)

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. Related information may be found in EPA's printable Aging & Environmental Hazards fact sheets, available in more than a dozen languages. (U.S. Environmental Protection Agency)

Alzheimer's Association - The latest research on Alzheimer's Disease, with information on risk factors, warning signs, diagnosis, treatment, and more. See also Alzheimer's Information (Fisher Center for Alzheimer's Research), Alzheimer's Disease Education and Referral Center (National Institute on Aging), Medline Alzheimer's page and The Forgetting video (2010, PBS; expect some broken links). Locally, the Rutgers University Behavioral HealthCare (UBHC)new offers a number of geriatric services for caregivers & families, including the COPSA Resource Center, a comprehensive information and referral service (toll-free at 1-800-424-2494), which provides ongoing support services state-wide to persons with dementia, their families, and the professionals who work with them. See also Caregivers' Resources, above.

Assisted Living - See Housing & Relocation links, below.

Brain Fitness - See Games for the Brain and related links, below.

Can the Retiree Health Benefits Provided By Your Employer Be Cut? - Advice on understanding your employer's retiree health benefits plan. (2013, U.S. Department of Labor)

Consumer Health Information for Older People UPDATED LINK! - 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. Formerly Who Cares. (Federal Trade Commission)

Caregiving - See Grandparenting, Caregiving, & Family section.

Consumer Health Information for Seniors - Health-related consumer information on a variety of health issues, including cancer and diabetes. (2012, U.S. Food and Drug Administration)

Crime Prevention Tips for Seniors [Link opens a PDF] - Printable brochure with brief tips for seniors on how to avoid crime and fraud (2004, National Crime Prevention Council).

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. (U.S. Food and Drug Administration)

Disability Resources - See our Resources for People with Disabilities Webfinder.

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)

Emergency Planning : Preparing Makes Sense For Older Americans [Link opens a PDF] - A printable brochure outlining the steps you should take to prepare for all kinds of emergencies (Ready.gov). The American Red Cross explains how seniors can create a personal support network who will check on them in an emergency. See also Emergency Preparedness for Seniors (C. Crane Company; a retailer of radios and related merchandise). For more safety advice, see Safety Tips for Seniors, below.

Exercise & Physical Activity for Seniors - Exercise booklet for older adults offering helpful tips, sample exercises, healthy eating information, FAQs, and more. You can view the online booklet in your web browser (use the lefthand menu to navigate), download the PDF, or order a print copy by mail. (National Institute on Aging)

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 from a Fall explains the safest way to get up after a fall; includes diagrams (American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons). For more safety advice, see Safety Tips for Seniors, below.

Fire Safety Lasts a Lifetime and Over 50 Fire Safety - Advice for older adults and their caregivers on special precautions you can take to protect yourself and your home from fire (U.S. Fire Administration). See also Safety Tips for Seniors, below.

Go 4 Life video - An exercise and physical activity campaign designed to motivate older adults to become physically active for the first time, return to exercise after a break in their routines, or build more exercise and physical activity into weekly routines. Go4Life offers exercises, motivational tips, interactive tools, and other free resources to help you get ready, start exercising, and keep going. Registering on this website allows you to save your exercise plans, logs and other physical activity records. You do not have to enter personal information, just choose a username and password. (National Institute on Aging)

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 (American Bar Association). Additional information & resources are available on the Health Care Decision Making page; scroll down the page to the Consumer Information section. See also Advance Directives in New Jersey (N.J. Department of Human Services).

Learn about new health insurance options
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- 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. The Health Insurance Marketplace includes information for individuals, families, and businesses. Open enrollment ends March 31. If your income is very low, see Medicaid. (U.S. Department of Health & Human Services)

Healthfinder.gov : Healthy Living For Older Adults - Advice on staying healthy, including recommendations for tests & screenings, safety & prevention, eating healthy, staying active, taking charge of your health care, using medicines safely, and more. (U.S. Department of Health and Human Services)

Hearing Aids - Advice for consumers on purchasing hearing aids. (2010, Federal Trade Commission)

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 for low-income seniors (U.S. Department of Health and Human Services). Care Conversations is a 'guide to planning, preparing, and paying for long term care - for yourself or for a loved one.' Formerly Long Term Care Living (American Health Care Association and National Center for Assisted Living). Long Term Care Insurance answers common questions about what you need to consider when deciding on a long-term care insurance policy (Insurance Information Institute). Long-term Care Ombudsman Locator can help you resolve complaints relating to long-term care. Click on the map to choose a state (National Citizens' Coalition for Nursing Home Reform).

Medicare - All about Medicare services, billing, providers, eligibility, etc. See also People with Medicare & Medicaid Center and the Medicare Prescription Drug Plan Finder (Official Medicare sites). Medicare Part D Solicitations Fraud offers advice on scams involving Medicare Part D prescription drug plans. This page explains what drug plan providers may and may not do, and how to protect your personal information (2013, Federal Trade Commission). Medicare Rights Center has information and advice for people with Medicare questions or problems. Includes a variety of Medicare Resources and a Medicare phone hotline (1-800-333-4114). For the latest news about Medicare coverage, see Families USA's Medicare page (non-profit organizations).

Merck Manual of Health & Aging - Online medical text covers the Fundamentals of Aging, Caring for Self and Others, Medical Conditions, and Social, Legal, and Ethical Issues. (Merck & Co., Inc.; pharmaceutical company)

Multiple Medications - A brief article offering a few key principles of medication management for seniors and their families (2003, WebMD archive; site includes advertisements).

National Council on Aging - Information on health & safety, benefits, jobs & economic security, and community action / volunteering. (Non-profit organization)

National Institute on Aging - Publications on health for older adults. Most are available free online. (Government agency)

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 Nursing Home Compare, below. 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 Home Compare - 'The primary purpose of this tool is to provide detailed information about the past performance of every Medicare and Medicaid certified nursing home in the country.' You can search nursing homes by geography, by proximity, or by name. Also offers a list of residents rights, alternatives to nursing home care, and related links and publications, including a 68-page Guide to Choosing a Nursing Home [Link opens a PDF document]. You can also view a list of nursing homes with poor performance records [Link opens a PDF document]; updated frequently. (U.S. Department of Health and Human Services)

Older Americans Health - A selection of useful online publications and websites. (Office of Minority Health, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services)

Oral Longevity - Advice about dental care as you grow older. See also Dentures (American Dental Association; site includes advertisements) and Medline's Denture Links.

Orthopedics : Seniors - Information on orthopedic problems and topics of particular relevance to seniors, including arthritis, joint replacement, osteoporosis, prevention & safety, wellness & exercise, and complementary medicine. (American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons)

Safety Tips for Seniors - Advice on fall prevention, pedestrian & motor vehicle safety, and more (Canada Safety Council). The Safety Checklist 'asks about hazards found in each room of your home. For each hazard, the checklist tells you how to fix the problem. At the end of the checklist, you will find other tips for preventing falls' (U.S. Centers for Disease Control, National Center for Injury Prevention and Control). Elderly Safety video provides information and tips on the wellness of the elderly, including a printable Elderly Safety Brochure and Tips for Taking an Elderly Parent to the Emergency Department (American College of Emergency Physicians). Safety for a Lifetime offers advice for over-50 adults and their families on driving safety, home safety, and disaster preparedness, with helpful checklists and worksheets (The Hartford Financial Services Group, Inc). Older Adults Safety Toolkit offers printable guides on home safety and fire safety (U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission). See also Crime Prevention Tips, Emergency Planning, Falls Among Older Adults, Fire Safety Lasts a Lifetime, Stay Safe in Cold Weather, Environmental Geriatrics, and Aging Drivers.

Senior Corner - News and facts about common health conditions affecting seniors, as well as information on health exams, drugs, and saving money. (Drug Digest, from pharmacy benefit manager Express Scripts, Inc.)

Senior Health video - Information & advice on health, disease, and healthy living for older adults. This site allows you to adjust the type size or contrast on the web page for easier viewing. Also includes informative videos on many topics, and many additional resources at Health & Aging. (National Institutes of Health)

Stay Safe in Cold Weathernew - This printable booklet explains why it's important for older people to stay warm when the weather is cold, and offers many tips for staying safe in cold weather. (National Institute on Aging)

Stepping Out - Advice for mature adults on walking to stay fit and maintaining your safety while you walk. (National Highway Traffic Safety Administration)

Strength Training for Older Adults - An exercise program designed to increase the strength of your muscles, maintain the integrity of your bones, and improve your balance, coordination, and mobility. Strength training can also help reduce the symptoms of chronic diseases such as arthritis. (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention)

Vision Loss : Senior Site video - 'Designed to encourage aging adults with eye diseases to live independently and productively. The site connects seniors, family members, and caregivers to local services and showcases a wide range of assistive living products available to people with vision loss. It also contains information on the resources and tools needed to continue to read, shop, cook, manage finances, and go out with friends.' (American Foundation for the Blind)

Visiting Nurse Association : Senior Wellness - In Middlesex County, the Robert Wood Johnson Visiting Nurses (a partnership between Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital and Visiting Nurse Association Health Group) offers a variety of senior wellness programs that focus on prevention, detection, education and follow-up. Many NJ senior care services are FREE to eligible residents through a grant-funded program. Wellness care may be provided on a one-to-one basis or through groups at community centers, assisted living, senior centers, soup kitchens, and faith-based centers.

Who Cares - See Consumer Health Information for Older People, above.

Housing & Relocation

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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 Way, in partnership with the State of New Jersey)

Assisted Living - 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 (National Center for Assisted Living; part of the American Health Care Association, an organization representing long term care providers). 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).

CNN/Money Magazine's Best Places to Retire UPDATED LINK! - Statistical rankings on housing costs, crime, leisure, culture, environment, access to health care, and more, for over 1,300 towns in the U.S.. Feature articles offer additional tips & information (2012). See also Forbes' Best Places to Retire in 2013, and US News & World Report's Best Places to Retire & more great places to retire. AARP's Livable Communities page offers articles on the best places to retire for nature lovers, affordable & fun places to retire, places to retire abroad, and lots of additional related information. A 2011 report, Sperling's Best Cities for Seniors, identifies U.S. cities with the best resources for less-active seniors, analyzing nearly 50 categories such as senior living facilities, comprehensive medical care, specialized transportation services, and a significant senior population (Bert Sperling / Fast Forward, Inc.). [All the sites above include advertisements.]

Energy Assistance - Information about how to apply for help with home heating bills from the federal Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP), including NJ Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program and NJ Weatherization Assistance Program. You can also access the NJ LIHEAPnew page directly.

Environmental Geriatrics - Information on the design of interiors and products to optimize the health, function, and well-being of older adults. Covers such issues such as Hoarding & Clutter, Fall & Fire Prevention, Alzheimer's Friendly Homes, Nursing Homes vs. Assisted Living, and more. For patients, caregivers, and health care professionals (Cornell University). See also Safety Tips for Seniors, above.

Retirement Abroad UPDATED LINK! - Brief tips on what steps you need to take before retiring abroad, with links to additional information. Covers travel documents, health concerns, accessibility, local conditions, financial information, and more. See also Traveling & Living Abroad UPDATED LINK!; use the tabs to choose specific topics. (U.S. State Department)

Reverse Mortgages - A reverse mortgage is a way to borrow cash against your home, without having to pay it back as long as you are still living there. This guide explains the basics of how reverse mortgages work and how they differ from other types of home loans, and helps you examine your different options and decide whether you would be better off selling your home or getting a reverse mortgage. A Reverse Mortgage Calculator helps you determine how much cash you might get (AARP; site includes advertisements). The new Consumer Financial Protection Bureau provides Answers to Questions about Reverse Mortgages, plus a printable Guide to Reverse Mortgages [Link opens a PDF] (2012, Consumer Financial Protection Bureau). See also Housing Education : A Guide to Reverse Mortgages (2010, Consumer Credit Counseling Service of San Francisco).

Senior Housing - Use this site to search for senior housing, including Independent Living, Assisted Living, Alzheimer's Care, Nursing Care, or Continuing Care. Includes sections explaining the different options, advice on evaluating which option is best for you, and related information (site includes advertisements; Operated by Move, Inc., which also operates Realtor.com). See also CareLike.com, a searchable database of listings for over 250,000 senior service providers in the U.S. (site includes advertisements), Assisted Living Directory, a directory of licensed Assisted Living Facilities or Adult Foster Care homes in the U.S. (by David Besnette, internet marketing professional; site includes advertisements), and Senior Living Map, a free Google-Maps-based senior & assisted living search engine created using information from state departments of health around the U.S.; enter a city or zip code to begin searching (author unknown). For information on housing for seniors in New Jersey, including low-income housing, see New Jersey Housing Resource Center and New Jersey Division of Aging Services : Congregate Housing Services Program UPDATED LINK!; formerly Senior Services (State of N.J.).

Law & Government

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Useful Websites : TAXES
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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 Way, in partnership with the State of New Jersey)

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 - Free articles, checklists, and helpful websites 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. (Nolo Press; site includes advertisements)

Government Benefits - See Benefits.gov, above.

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 (American Bar Association). Additional information & resources are available on the Health Care Decision Making page; scroll down the page to the Consumer Information section. See also Advance Directives in New Jersey (N.J. Department of Human Services).

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, probate, estate taxes, and more.

National Senior Citizens Law Center - 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.

N.J. Aging & Disability Resource Connection - Links and phone numbers for state and local services for seniors and adults with physical disabilities. (N.J. Department of Human Services)

N.J. Division of Aging Services UPDATED LINK! - Information on state services including health care, long term care, day services, caregiver assistance, and benefits. (State of N.J.)

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.

N.J. Professional Licensing Boards - Information about professional licensing in New Jersey. Search the Licensee Directory 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. Click here to search for doctors, podiatrists, and optometrists. (New Jersey Division of Consumer Affairs)

PensionHelp America - 'Looking for help with a pension, 401(k), profit-sharing, or other retirement plan? PensionHelp America can connect you with the counseling projects, government agencies, and legal service providers that offer free information and assistance.' (Pension Rights Center; non-profit organization)

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

Taxes : Seniors & Retirees - Tax advice, forms, publications, and other tax-related information of particular interest to older Americans. (Internal Revenue Service)

Wills & Estate Planning - Advice on wills, living trusts, avoiding probate, power of attorney, estate taxes, life insurance, health care, retirement, and more (Nolo Press; site includes advertisements). For more on wills and estates, see Money Management section below. [REMEMBER : Websites providing legal information are intended to supplement, not substitute for, professional advice. Please consult an attorney about your legal concerns.]

USA.Gov for Seniors - A gateway to federal government information on topics such as consumer protection, education, jobs & volunteerism, health, retirement, money, taxes, travel, and more. (U.S. government site)

You and the Law In New Jersey : Seniors - A review of state law covering age discrimination, government aid & services, grandparents, nursing facilities, social security, and wills & trusts. More information is available from the main You & the Law in New Jersey page. (LSNJ)

Money Management & Consumer Info

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Useful Websites : CONSUMER INFO
WEBINDERS : Money Management
Useful Websites : TAXES

AARP Money - Articles, tools, and other resources on budgeting & saving, scams & frauds, credit, insurance, investment, low-income assistance and more. (Site includes advertisements)

Banking on Your Investments - Alerts consumers to the fact that mutual funds, annuities and other investments are not insured by the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC), even when they are sold by a bank (2009, Consumer Action). See also Facts about Bank Investments (2007, FDIC) and Insured or Not Insured? A Guide to What Is and Is Not Protected by FDIC Insurance (2013, FDIC).

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 an online complaint form and links to local BBBs. The BBB Consumer Education Library UPDATED LINK! offers tips, scam alerts, consumer news blognew, and other resources.

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.

Consumer Information : Computers & Internet - Useful information on avoiding all sorts of Internet fraud. Topics covered include spyware, identity theft, Internet auctions, e-payments, e-banking, free and low-cost PC offers, e-mail scams, and holiday shopping (Federal Trade Commission). See also Looks Too Good to be True (U.S. Postal Inspection Service, FBI, et al.).

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 Direct Express® Debit MasterCard® card account. Although the deadline to comply with the all-electronic payment requirement has passed, people who receive paper federal benefit checks can still comply with the law and switch to an electronic payment option. Visit this website to sign up for direct deposit now, or to learn more about the program. 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 Education : Senior Issues - Online publications for seniors covering Social Security retirement benefits, credit card debt, common scams that target the elderly, medical debt, funerals, and more. [Scroll down the page to the heading Senior Issues to see the list of publications.] (Non-profit organization: Consumer Credit Counseling Service of San Francisco)

Financial Protection for Older Americans - 'Older Americans face many financial challenges as they age. They have opportunities to travel, explore new fields of work or hobbies, or spend time with family and friends. But often scam artists or bad advice take away these opportunities. The Office of Financial Protection for Older Americans is here to give seniors information and tools to navigate safely through financial challenges.' Includes a blog and links to related resources. (Consumer Financial Protection Bureau)

Financial Self-Defense for Seniorsnew - This guide 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. (2013, U.S. General Services Administration, Federal Citizen Information Center, and Certified Financial Board of Standards, Inc.)

Frauds and Scams : Only You Can Prevent Senior Fraud - Describes five common scams targeting seniors (2012, Better Business Bureau). Scams & Frauds describes some of the latest scams and frauds in the news, with advice on avoiding them (Federal Citizen Information Center). Fraud Target : Senior Citizens provides tips on how to protect yourself and your family from fraud, including health care fraud, funeral & cemetery fraud, telemarketing fraud, reverse mortgage scams, and more (FBI). The National Consumers League's Fraud.org offers information on Fraud Against Older Adults, as well as Telemarketing Fraud, Internet Fraud, and other types of frauds and scams (non-profit organization). See also Investment Fraud, below.

Government Benefits - See Benefits.gov, above.

Insurance and Consumer Finance Information for Seniors - Brief advice on avoiding insurance fraud, predatory lending, and related scams targeting seniors. (2008, New Jersey Department of Banking and Insurance)

Investment Fraud [Link opens a PDF] - Tips for older investors on how to recognize fraudulent investment offers and report suspicious sales pitches & actual scams (2011), plus links to Investor Alerts and related information (Financial Industry Regulatory Authority, Inc.). Investor Info for Seniors video provides video, articles, calculators and other investing resources for seniors (U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission). See also A Guide for Seniors : Protect Yourself Against Investment Fraud (2013, U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission) and Elder Investment Fraud [Link opens a PDF] (2011, Baylor College of Medicine and Investor Protection Trust; non-profit organization). The North American Securities Administrators Association's Senior Investor Resource Centernew includes a variety of helpful resources, including 10 Tips to Protect Your Nest Egg, 'Investigate Before You Invest' checklist, Senior Investor News & Alerts, Investment Fraud Awareness Quiz, and more. Social Media and Investing Tips for Seniors provides seniors who use social media with tips to help them do so more safely, and to help them avoid investment fraud (2012, U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission).

My Money : Retirement video - Links to online publications and videos offering financial guidance for older Americans on various aspects of retirement & retirement planning (U.S. Financial Literacy and Education Commission). See also Retirement Resources (U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission).

My Retirement Paycheck - Discusses common questions about retirement, such as 'How long should I continue working?', 'When should I start collecting Social Security?', 'How much will I receive in monthly payments?', 'How do I best use the value of my house?', 'What will my costs be under Medicare?', 'What kind of investments should I keep when I retire?', and more. (National Endowment for Financial Education)

Pension Help America - 'Pensions and retirement savings plans in the U.S. are increasingly complex, leaving many people confused about their pension rights and benefits. This website provides a 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.' (Non-profit organization: Pension Rights Center)

Retirement Planning Resources - Advice on pensions, IRAs, Social Security, and other sources of income for retirement, plus a Pension Plan Retirement Options Calculator and other useful retirement planning calculators (AARP). See also 360 Degrees of Financial Literacy : Retirement Planning Basics (American Institute of Certified Public Accountants), MSN's Retirement Planning section, Money Magazine's Ultimate Guide to Retirement, and SmartMoney's Retirement page (MarketWatch / Dow Jones & Co.). (Sites includes advertisements)

Social Security Retirement Planner - If you are near retirement, this Retirement Planner can guide you step by step through the benefits process. It includes Social Security benefit calculators, eligibility information, FAQ (Frequently Asked Questions), and other helpful resources and information (Social Security Administration).

Taxes : Seniors & Retirees - Tax advice, forms, publications, and other tax-related information of particular interest to older Americans (Internal Revenue Service).

Wills & Estate Planning - Advice on wills, living trusts, avoiding probate, power of attorney, estate taxes, life insurance, health care, retirement, and more (Nolo Press; site includes advertisements). [REMEMBER : Websites providing legal information are intended to supplement, not substitute for, professional advice. Please consult an attorney about your legal concerns.]

Recreation & Leisure

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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! (From Recorded Books)
NOTE : If you're using this resource on your home computer, you'll have to enter your name, library card barcode, and PIN to begin. Once you have registered on the site, you can go directly to the Login page.

CraftPlace - 'Craftplace is an online space for crafters to connect with other crafters, share projects, ideas, make suggestions, and find inspiration... Craftplace also brings you the best crafting content, resources, ideas and inspiration from around the web.' (Craft & Hobby Association, a craft industry association)

Digital Photography Basics - Explains how to take, print, and share digital pictures, with related projects, plus a section on choosing and using Digital Cameras; also covers video (Kodak).

Games for the Brain - Sudoku, Chinese checkers, word games, trivia quizzes, and other fun activities to help keep your brain fit. You can find more games at SharpBrains' Brain Teasers and Thinks.com. (Sites includes advertisements)

Gardens for Everybody - This site provides information about gardening tools and techniques for individuals with physical limitations. Topics covered include container gardening, raised beds, ergonomic tools, and gardening health & safety; includes links to additional information (University of Missouri Extension Center). See also Gardening with the Elderly (Ohio State University Extension).

Hobby Directory - Directory of organizations devoted to dozens of hobbies from astronomy to yo-yos. See also Recreation Directory and Games Directory. (2009 - 2011, Open Directory Project)

Monkey See video - Free access to a growing collection of professionally-produced and user-generated how-to videos on a wide variety of topics, including Careers & Education, Health & Fitness, Hobbies & Crafts, Home & Garden, Love & Relationships, Personal Finance, Sports & Leisure, Beauty & Fashion, and more. When you select a video, the presenter's credentials are provided on the right-hand side of the screen, under the 'Expert' tab. (Site includes advertisements)

Travel & Transportation

See also:
WEBFINDERS : Cars
Chilton Automotive Library

AARP Travel - Destinations, discounts, transportation tips, and online booking for transportation and lodgings; powered by Expedia. (Site includes advertisements)

Aging Drivers - A guide for family, friends, and caregivers concerned about the safety of an older driver (N.Y. State Office for the Aging). Family Conversations with Older Drivers also has helpful advice for older drivers and their families; 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, an Interactive Driving Evaluation to help you assess how visual, mental and physical conditions may affect your safety as a driver, and more. See also Senior Drivers : Getting Older (National Highway Traffic Safety Administration) and Information for Older Drivers, 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 (National Highway Traffic Safety Administration). The Canada Safety Council provides Tips for Older Drivers on Medications. See also Alzheimer's, Dementia and Driving : a Practical Guide, below.

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)

Considerations for Older Travelers UPDATED LINK! - 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 more extensive information at Checklist for Traveling Abroad. (U.S. State Department)

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

Historic Places : Heritage Travel Itinerary Series - Self-guided tours to U.S. historic places listed in the National Register. Itineraries provide 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. (National Park Service)

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)

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

Traveling with Grandkids (Without a Nap) - If you want to take a vacation with your grandchildren but are worried about keeping them entertained, check out these travel tips. (American Society of Travel Agents)

Wheelchair Symbol Plates and Persons with a Disability Placards - 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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