Growing up and growing older in the digital age offers many advantages in terms of the ability to seek out information resources quickly and easily. However, with those benefits comes a responsibility for a bit of discerning skepticism about seeking out and sharing information and resources.
Embracing technology and becoming adept at using the internet seems like second nature to some. To others, the computer is still a mystery. But, even if the "almost instant access" to a world of information seems daunting, it's worth the effort. Besides that, it's fun!
Celebrate the Internet
October 29 is Internet Day, and it offers a perfect opportunity to embark on a journey of living well in the digital world. If you're ready for the trip, there are some great destinations. You don't even have to pack a bag—just bring an open mind!
Your First Stop
One of the most extensive online resources— and not just for senior-specific topics— is usa.gov. While navigating from the main page can be a little confusing, but the site has many features worth exploring.
Here you will find information, and lots of it, on diverse topics -- health issues, taxes, end of life decisions, retirement benefits, caregiver resources, grandparents and grandchildren, going back to work and volunteerism.
Explore at your leisure and plan to return again and again.
Keep up with the World
A one-stop shop for all your current events needs, the online version of U.S. News & World Report gives an in-depth look at breaking news from around the world and even includes a section dedicated to chronicling developments in senior life and healthcare. Be informed, entertained and introduced to a variety of opinion with a quick daily visit to this all-encompassing site.
Volunteering and Learning
While similar concerns naturally draw senior citizens together, staying active and involved in the larger community is also important. If you're in good health and have a wealth of experience to draw on, volunteering some time to help out— to mentor, teach and encourage others, or to expand your own horizons by learning new skills and tackling new hobbies— is a great way to stay young at heart. Some of these topics are discussed on a relatively new site dedicated to the over-50 set.
Of course, Deupree House residents could just stop in to talk to Tarrah Pickard, our Director of Life Enrichment and Activities, or another staff member who can help you explore local opportunities for staying involved.
While it's certainly no substitute for ongoing personal healthcare, one resource that offers factual, up-to-date, and helpful information on senior health is the Mayo Clinic website. You can browse through their collection of articles and advice about any number of disease conditions, medical procedures, prescription drugs, alternative treatments, dietary requirements and ongoing care.
The clinic's professional staff also contributes interesting articles to an Expert Blog that explores such divergent topics as the benefits of adding nuts to your diet and speaking up about feeding grandchildren. You may chuckle, or you may get valuable advice, but the blog posts are always a good read.
Age—and the changes that it entails-- is unavoidable, and the best way to keep living well, enjoying life and dealing with any issues that may arise, is to be informed. The AARP website is a great resource for staying happy and healthy as you get older.
From recipes to financial planning, the site is a rich source of information that makes a great addition to your bookmarks.