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Internet Resources for Older Adults



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Internet and Computer Tutorials

Great tutorials to learn the mouse, the Internet, and computers. From other libraries, AARP and elsewhere.

Generations Online - Generations On Line is an easy-to-use program designed to introduce seniors to the Internet and email. It is available at any of the Alameda County Library locations and only accessible from within the Libraries. The program helps seniors unfamiliar with computers with helpful on-screen, step-by-step directions.

AARP Computers & Technology - Includes a nice collection of "how-to" guides, basic and advanced tutorials on the internet, and reviews of web sites, hardware, software, and gadgets. Also includes a discussion forum and games.

Mouserobics - This friendly and very helpful lesson in using the computer mouse is also recommended as an excellent general introduction to using websites. Also versions in Spanish (see below), Danish, French, Hmong, Italian and Tagalog.

Bienvenido a Mousercicio - Mouserobics instruction, translated into Spanish.

Mousercise! - Another very good tutorial.

Computer Topics Galore - Everything about computers: buying, ergonomics, software, dictionaries, viruses and much more. From The Librarians' Index to the Internet.


Alameda County Resources

Network of Care - This comprehensive resource is for the elderly and people with disabilities, as well as their caregivers and service providers. It was created with a California Department of Aging innovation grant.

Adult and Aging Services - Alameda County Social Services Agency. Includes the Alameda County Area Agency on Aging (AAA).

Senior Resource Guides by Region - In English and Spanish (Espanol) and divided by North, South, Central, and Eastern regions of the county.

The Public Authority for In-Home Supportive Services in Alameda County - A Consumer Guide to IHSS video available at all Library branches.
Video available at all library branches! A consumer guide to IHSS [videorecording] : building bridges to independence and
dignity: Vid 362.14 CONSUMER

Center for Aging in Diverse Communities - Part of the University of California at Berkeley, the staff is comprised of "physicians and social scientists committed to improving the health and life of ethnic women and men". The site includes links to numerous Bay Area community resources.

* Adult Day Services of Alameda County - Adult day programs offer day-time care for frail seniors in a comfortable group setting. Often serving as an alternative to nursing home care, programs provide social and health services, engaging activities, gentle exercise and meals - in a safe, caring environment. Transportation assistance is also available.


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Additional Resources

A Guide to Easier Living with Technology - This publication of the AT Network and the California Department of Rehabilitation lists information about technologies relevant to seniors, from waking up to bedtime and from simple grooming aids to high-tech solutions for computer access. Each section includes both personal stories and answers to common questions. Resource pages in the back are intended to help people do further research on specific products or on their own questions.

Disaster Preparedness Tip Sheets for Seniors - Tips on Earthquakes, Floods, Hot Weather, Pets, Power Outages, and Wildfires, from the California Department of Aging.

SeniorHealth - This new site can assist seniors find answers to their medical questions and to learn more about health and aging. Brought to us by The National Institute on Aging and The National Library of Medicine.

Consumer Reports Best Buy Drugs - From the publisher of Consumer Reports, this resource evaluates the effectiveness of a variety of brand-name and generic drugs and combines that information with cost data to recommend the best bargains. Summaries can be read and complete reports and be downloaded.

Hospital Compare - A quality tool for adults, including people with Medicare
A new and useful tool by the U.S. Dept. of Health & Human Services for those seeking hospital info. In addition to a directory for Medicare-certified hospitals, it also reports on the quality of care at hospitals based on whether or not certain standards of service were adhered to.

"Living Wills" and Advance Directives - California Coalition for Compassionate Care is a statewide partnership of more than 50 regional and statewide organizations dedicated to the advancement of palliative medicine and end-of-life care in California.

Senior Service America - Senior Service America is a non-profit organization that provides community service and employment opportunities for adults age 55 and older who wish to re-enter the workforce.

SeniorNet - This site provides adults 50 and older with information and instruction about computer technologies and includes SeniorNet Learning Centers around the United States.

Resource Directory for Older People - From the National Institute on Aging, this site "is intended to serve a wide audience including older people and their families, health and legal professionals, social service providers, librarians, researchers, and others with an interest in the field of aging. The directory contains names, addresses, phone numbers, and fax numbers of organizations which provide information and other resources on matters relating to the needs of older persons".

National Clearinghouse for Long-Term Care Information - Easy to find consumer information for planning for long-term care – this website provides comprehensive information about long-term care planning, services and financing options, along with tools to help people begin the planning process. The website is designed to increase public awareness about the risks and costs of long-term care and the potential need for services, and to provide objective information to help people plan for the future. The clearinghouse was designed by Health and Human Services’ Administration on Aging (AoA), Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) and the Assistant Secretary for Planning and Evaluation (ASPE).

AARP - Formerly the American Association of Retired Persons, this invaluable resource contains the latest on current legislation regarding aging, plus information on benefits, housing, travel, insurance, and much more.

Cultural and Racial Diversity and Aging - The National Aging Information Center (part of the National Institute on Aging) is full of fact sheets, demographic information, government sponsored programs and much more as it pertains to diversity and aging.

Investor's Clearinghouse - This site is from the Alliance for Investor Education, a not-for-profit organization formed "to assist individuals in becoming effective managers of their own assets through programs of education, information, and research."

United Nations Program on Aging - The mission of this program is to facilitate and contribute to the creation of a society for all ages. One of their projects is the celebration of the International Day of Older Persons, celebrated each year on October 1. The resources are translated into many languages.