After retirement, many folks rush out to buy computers and get hooked up to the Internet. Why? Because of the seemingly endless resources available to them in any category imaginable!
Mowetha Williams, a Hattiesburg American reader, told me that she loves to sit in front
of the computer screen and tour the world, and one of her favorite sites is
Yahoo!-Government: Embassies and Consulates. "I can sit here in my pajamas and visit
all the current countries via their embassies and get all sorts of material and beautiful
pictures...today it was Uzbekistan (which I had barely heard of before) and one of its
cities, Samarkand." Doesn't that sound like fun?
Do you enjoy traveling? If you do, Elderhostel is the place for you. "Elderhostel
is a nonprofit organization providing educational adventures all over the world to adults
aged 55 and over. Study the literature of Jane Austen in the White Mountains of New
Hampshire, or travel to Greece to explore the spectacular art and architecture of its
ancient civilization, or conduct field research in Belize to save the endangered dolphin
population." The site is geared toward people on the move "who believe learning
is a lifelong process."
If you're a grandparent, you'll enjoy this site: Grandparents Homepage. The site offers
tips on what to do with your grandchildren, long distance grandparenting, and even
traveling with grandchildren. Or, join the online discussion group and share your
experiences with others. This is a great place to meet other retired folks and form a
community of friends.
Retire.Net is an interactive, comprehensive retirement resource with an added bonus:
it's a lot of fun. Would you like a penpal from across the world? Or would you like to
chat online with other retired folks? You can exchange recipes, discuss your favorite
hobbies, or talk about sports.
Would you like to make some online friends? Visit Senior.Com's chat room, or stop by
the message center and post messages online. If you need technical advice, see Jim's Tech
Tips, where you'll learn helpful information about your computer or the Internet. You can
read articles from the Senior News Network, or visit Town Square, a guide to the best web
resources for seniors.
Senior.Site is dedicated to providing an interesting and entertaining website for
people over 50. You'll find information on physical ailments, grandparenting resources,
laws and legislation, and even poems and prose.
If you're looking for a new hobby, visit Yahoo! Recreation: Hobbies and Crafts, which
contains a comprehensive listing of hobbies including gardening, basketry, and
For over 5000 links to sites of interest to the over-50 age group, visit the Age of
Reason website, which provides practical information relative to seniors' lifestyles. The
site features a Seniors Discount Mall and resources such as Seniors in Action, Retirement
Living, and RVs and Camping.
Yahoo! features an impressive Seniors' Guide offering news articles, message boards,
and live chatting with other seniors. Categories include genealogy, books, health, and
food and dining. The site also offers additional links of interest to retirees.
As stated explicitly at the site, Senior Frolic "will NOT provide medical sources,
relevant political and sociological information or advice on how to lead a more productive
life in the 'GOLDEN YEARS'." But what it *will* provide are links galore! You'll
discover information on hobbies, music, museums, shopping, sports, and much more. This
site will easily keep you occupied for hours!
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Robin Nobles is a freelance writer whose articles on surfing the Web are published in six newspapers regularly. She also writes articles about the Web and Internet in publications such as Internet Newsroom, InfoAlert, WebVantage, CompuNotes, ChipNET, The Sunshine Post, Bridges Initiatives, and more. She can be reached at [email protected] or through her website: http://www2.netdoor.com/~smslady