Events may be cancelled, restaurants closed, and social gatherings limited, but the world wide web is still alive and kicking and is a treasure trove of opportunity for seniors looking to continue their education and keep their minds sharp. From content ranging from financials and learning a new language, to online games and new technology, the resources are limitless. Below is a list of some of the best websites on a variety of topics and for a wide range of preferences.
AARP.org is overflowing with useful articles and videos for seniors and is as comprehensive as they come. Even if you aren’t looking for anything specific, just browse the headlines and you’ll find something that catches your eye.
Interviews with experts; fashion and beauty; arts and crafts for seniors – you’ll find a little bit of everything here.
Project Guttenberg is a volunteer effort to digitize and archive cultural works and encourage the creation and distribution of eBooks. The project tries to make these as free as possible, in long-lasting, open formats that can be used on almost any computer. Now Project Gutenberg offers more than 59,000 free eBooks. Find the world's great literature here.
Open Library is an online project intended to create "one web page for every book ever published.” Open Library provides online access to many public domain and out-of-print books. Their goal is to make all the published works of humankind available to everyone in the world. And their hope is that libraries and individual readers will join this project and together work towards universal access to all knowledge.
Read dozens of articles about investing, retirement planning, estate planning, and just about every other topic having to do with finances. Their calculator page is definitely worth a visit.
ConsumerReports.org shares smart ways to invest your money, resist credit card temptation, and “how to haggle with your doctor.” Get access to all the site's content including reviews and purchase advice for only $30 a year.
What can you expect from this light-hearted website? Here's a sample: “Instead of 1,000 Places to See Before You Die, At Our Age, How About Just Five?” There's also nostalgia, trivia, a senior forum, and other areas for those who have “become senior before their time.”
This site has digitized all your favorite pastimes like Scrabble, chess, Mahjong, Sudoku and crossword puzzles, so you can play them again and again. Strike up a solo game or pit your skills against friends in online competitions.
There's a reason why Facebook is the number one social media website for seniors. You can talk to your friends and family, share photos and links, and you can play all kinds of games for free.
CNN.com delivers up-to-the-minutes news and information on the latest top stories, weather, entertainment, politics and more.
The New York Times provides breaking news, multimedia, reviews and opinions on Washington, business, sports, movies, travel, books, jobs, education, real estate, cars and more.
This is the destination for news, blogs and original content offering coverage of U.S. politics, entertainment, style, world news, technology and comedy.
Fox News provides breaking news and videos on the latest news on U.S., world, entertainment, health, business, technology, politics and sports.
USA Today delivers current local and national news, sports, entertainment, finance, technology, and more through award-winning journalism, photos, videos and VR.
Simple, useful, and uncluttered is the Senior's Guide to Computers. And it shouldn't be any other way with technology. This site walks you through everything computer and web related with their easy-to-navigate “Learning Center.” Want to back up your data? You'll get written instructions complete with screen shots and animation.
Look at just some of Google’s top museums that are offering online tours and exhibits. And if that's not enough culture for you, New York's Metropolitan Opera will be offering free digital shows every night at 7:30 p.m. from March 16 through March 22.