Aging, General - Articles

Majority of Seniors Now Online

For the first time, the majority of U.S. adults over 65 use the Internet or email, according to a new report by the Pew Internet and American Life Project. The rapid growth of Internet use among seniors means that organizations that serve older populations should examine how well they are integrating technology into their work. By John Hoffman. NP (Non Profit) Quarterly, June 6, 2012.

Now That You’re Over 50, What Should We Call You?

Julia Mouldon, Huffington Post, What is a good appellation for today’s seniors?

Senior Centers Evolve to Attract Boomers

AARP Bulletin, February 13, 2013. This isn’t your grandmother’s bingo hall.

Aging, General - Web sites, blogs

Global Action on Aging

GAA, based in New York at the United Nations, reports on older people's needs and potential within the global economy. It advocates by, with and for older persons worldwide.


Topics: Reinvention, Retirement, Parenting Post50, Health Post50, Love Post50. Huffington Post.

Life in the End Zone

A discussion meant for anyone interested in issues of life's final phase, by Muriel R. Gillick, MD, Palliative Care and Geriatrics/Clinical Professor of Population Medicine, Harvard Medical School

NCOA, National Council on Aging

Nonprofit service and advocacy organization. A voice for older Americans and the community organizations that serve them, bringing together nonprofit organizations, businesses, and government to develop creative solutions that improve the lives of all older adults.

National Center for Creative Aging (NCCA).

Dedicated to fostering an understanding of the vital relationship between creative expression and healthy aging and to developing programs that build on this understanding. Includes events, news, contacts, examples of programs.

OWL, Older Women’s League

OWL is a national grassroots membership organization that focuses on issues unique to women as they age. OWL strives to improve the status and quality of life for midlife and older women.

The Legacy Project: Lessons for Living from the Wisest Americans

This Cornell University research project collects practical advice for living from America's elders. It now has nearly 1500 responses to the question: "What are the most important lessons you have learned over the course of your life?" Material is organized by topics such as: work and career, money, how to be happy, living with loss, and aging well.

The New Old Age Blog

New York Times. Thanks to the marvels of medical science, our parents are living longer than ever before. Adults over age 80 are the fastest growing segment of the population; most will spend years dependent on others for the most basic needs. That burden falls to their baby boomer children. In The New Old Age, Paula Span and other contributors explore this unprecedented intergenerational challenge

World Health Organization: Ageing and Life Course

Topics include: Active aging, Elder abuse, Age-friendly cities. Also includes list of publications

Age-Friendly Design - Articles

For Modern Retirees, There’s No Place Like Home.

By Keith Schneider. New York Times, March 13, 2013. Active elders want to be independent and where the action is.

Under One Roof, Building for Extended Families

By Penelope Green, New York Times, November 29, 2012.

Age-Friendly Design - Web sites, blogs

AARP Livable Communities.

Great Places for All Ages. AARP Network of Age-Friendly Communities--an institutional affiliate of the WHO Global Network of Age-Friendly Cities and Communities. Resources include: What’s a livable community? Develop a Strategy. How to Implement. Examples of successful implementation.

Elder Gadget provides reviews and news about highly rated consumer electronics, highlighting senior-friendly features. Includes cameras, televisions, tablets, and health products.


An organization that has spawned a movement in Philadelphia to encourage young professionals in their 20s and 30s to be sensitive to the needs of older people and thereby improve the city.

MIT AgeLab

Was created in 1999 to invent new ideas and creatively translate technologies into practical solutions that improve people’s health and enable them to live productively throughout the lifespan. Equal to the need for ideas and new technologies is the belief that innovations in how products are designed, services are delivered, or policies are implemented are of critical importance to our quality of life tomorrow.

Make it Safe Home Safety

We help New England Seniors & those with physical limitations remain independent at home. Our grab bars and home modifications make bathrooms and living spaces safer, more accessible and bring peace of mind to independent living.

Employment - Articles

How Social Media can Help (or Hurt) Your Job Search

By Stacy Julien, AARP Work and Retirement, July 11, 2012. Do’s and don’ts on using Facebook, Linkedin, Twitter.

Laid Off, With Retirement Almost in Sight

by Tara Siegel Bernard, New York Times, January 6, 2012.

Ready for Your Second Career?

By Sally Abrahms. AARP Bulletin, October 2013. Examples of seniors who successfully transitioned into second careers, suggestions on non-profits likely to hire, great part-time jobs, jobs to ride the age wave, and a list of books and online resources on second careers.

Retiree Start-Ups with Age and Youth as Partners

By Kerry Hannon. New York Times, September 10, 2013 (Special Retirement Section). Two generations, joining forces to pursue a common passion.

Tips for Finding the Best Retirement Jobs

By Sharon O'Brien. Senior Living.

Working Late By Choice or Not

"A record 7.2 million Americans 65 or older are working, partly because many older Americans love to work and partly because many feel too financially squeezed to retire." By Steven Greenhouse. New York Times (Retirement—Special Section), May 10, 2012.

Working Late: Older Americans on the Job

National Public Radio Special Series. February 13, 2013. Most people don't expect to work beyond retirement age, but for a growing number of older people, it's a reality. Almost a third of Americans between the ages of 65 and 70 are still working. For those 75 years and older, 7 percent are still on the job. An NPR series profiles some of these working seniors.

Employment - Web sites, blogs

Encore Careers

Provides information on jobs that combine personal meaning, continued income and social impact. The site is published by Civic Ventures, a nonprofit think tank on boomers, work and social purpose. "While is not a job placement service, it provides free, comprehensive information that helps people transition to jobs in the nonprofit world and the public sector."

Family and Interpersonal - Articles

Balancing Retirement with Supporting Adult Children

By Beth Braverman and Penelope Wang, Money Magazine, February, 2013.

Dealing With Boomerang Kids

If your adult child is back under your roof, here are smart tips to make it easier for everyone. By Holly Robinson. AARP Magazine, October 2010.

Talk to Me, Not to My Daughter

In conversations with service people, the elderly seem to become invisible. By Fran Hawthorne. New York Times (Retirement—Special Section), May 10, 2012.

Family and Interpersonal - Web sites, blogs Senior Living

Topics include "Relationships", and under Browse Topics: "For Grandparents" and "Marriage & Divorce".


Weekly blog by Sally Abrahms, writer for AARP, Newsweek, the New York Times, USA Today, and Huffington Post.

Elder Abuse and Neglect: In Search of Solutions

American Psychological Association.

Finances - Articles

7 Financial Resolutions Retirees Should Make

By David Carpenter, Boston Globe, January 6, 2012.

99 Great Ways to Save

Fourth annual list of creative ways to save money. AARP Bulletin. July-August 2013.

Choice for Tight Times: Save More or More Risk.

By Conrad de Aenlle. New York Times, March 12, 2013. The old strategy of not selling principal make need to be rethought.

Hey, Senior Discount, You Look Pretty Youthful

By J. Peder Zane. New York Times, September 10, 2013 (Special Retirement Issue). Why some price breaks are available to those as young as 50.

New national hotline for elderly victims of financial fraud

By Maggie Shader, Nov 1, 2011 Several organizations came together to create and launch the hotline, including the National Adult Protective Services Association, the Financial Planning Association, the Investor Protection Trust, Investor Protection Institute, and Baylor College of Medicine. There will be three different toll-free numbers available, covering general finance questions, medical finances and financial abuse.

Protect a Relative With a Disability

By Jane Bryant Quinn. AARP Bulletin, June 2013. Special estate planning is needed for loved ones with special needs.

Scam Targets Elderly

"Scam Targets Elderly; Port Woman among Those Contacted in Schemes." Newburyport (MA) Daily News, July 7, 2012.

Finances - Web sites, blogs

CNN Money. Retirement Guide 2013.

Money’s Guide to Living Well for Less.


Encore A blog about living in and planning for retirement. Encore examines the changing nature of retirement, from new rules and guidelines for financial security to the shifting identities and priorities of today's retirees. It also explores news that affects retirement, from the Wall Street Journal Digital Network and around the web.

Health, Fitness, Medical - Articles

A Little of This, a Little of That for Older Exercisers.

By John Hanc. New York Times, March 13, 2013. Strength training complements aerobic exercise.

Aging Well Through Exercise

by Gretchen Reynolds, New York Times, November 9, 2011

Coping With Alzheimer's

By Neil Porter Brown. Harvard Magazine, September-October 2013. Local chapters of the Alzheimer’s Association offer early-onset and later-stage support groups that provide resources aimed at keeping people with Alzheimer’s engaged in social, physical, and cognitive activities throughout the course of the disease—and providing outlets and respite for their caregivers.

Men: Stay Healthy at 50+

U.S. Department of Health & Human Services, Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality. Recommended screenings, health tips, links to information from government agencies.

Women: Stay Healthy at 50+

U.S. Department of Health & Human Services, Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality. Recommended screenings, health tips, links to information from government agencies.

Health, Fitness, Medical - Web sites, blogs

App to use your iPhone or iPod Touch as a hearing aid

Authors are looking for beta testers


Drugwatch is an awareness group that aims to educate the public about prescription drugs, over-the-counter medications, and medical devices that have the potential to cause patients serious harm. Their website is continually updated with drug recall news, recent FDA approvals, drug interactions, side effects, and current developments in the medical field.

Exercise for Seniors

Medline Plus, a service of the U.S. National Library of Medicine. Getting started, basics, news, videos, reference material, journal articles.

Healthy Aging

Mayo Clinic

Healthy Hearing

Provides information on topics such as hearing loss, hearing aids and their maintenance, tinnitus, and tips on hearing in noisy environments.

HelpGuide: Aging Well

A non-profit add-free resource overseen by recognized experts. Offers practical advice on healthful lifestyles and meeting the challenges of aging.


features basic health and wellness information for older adults from the National Institutes of Health. Topics include diseases and conditions, healthy aging, and talking with your doctor. The buttons at the top of each page can be used to make the text bigger, change text color, or hear the text read aloud.

Housing - Articles

Elder Co-Housing, A New Option for Retirement—Or Sooner

by Sally Abrahms | AARP Bulletin | January 31, 2011

In Retiree Housing, Talking about Multigenerations.

By Phyllis Korkki. New York Times, March 13, 2013. Intergenerational co-housing.

Housing - Web sites, blogs

Housing for Seniors

U. S. Government. Topics include: reverse mortgages for seniors, preventing falls at home, housing for persons with disabilities, eldercare at home.

The Cohousing Association of the United States

"Cohousing is a type of collaborative housing in which residents actively participate in the design and operation of their own neighborhoods."

Legal, Medicare, Social Security - Articles

2013 Social Security Changes

U.S. Social Security Administration. 2013 Social Security Changes. Announces that Social Security and Supplemental Security Income (SSI) beneficiaries will receive a 1.7 percent COLA for 2013. Also lists other important Social Security information for 2013.

The Affordable Care Act: U.S. Supreme Court Finds the Law Constitutional

What the Supreme Court ruling means for you; health law included benefits for older people. AARP, June 28, 2012.

What Does the Affordable Care Act Mean for Massachusetts Seniors?

An article written for BrooklineCAN by Brian Rosman, Research Director, Health Care for All

When to Claim Social Security Benefits

By Jane Bryant Quinn. Includes the case for delaying, strategies for married couples, a note to same sex couples. AARP Bulletin, October 2013.

Legal, Medicare, Social Security - Web sites, blogs

Center for Medicare Advocacy

Established in 1986, a national nonprofit, nonpartisan organization that provides education, advocacy and legal assistance to help older people and people with disabilities obtain fair access to Medicare and necessary health care. Site includes news articles, factual information, and updates on litigation.

Kaiser Health News

Kaiser Family Foundation. "KHN's mission is to provide high-quality coverage of health policy issues and developments at the federal and state levels. In addition, KHN covers trends in the delivery of health care and in the marketplace."

Laws and Regulations Concerning Seniors

U.S Government official web portal. Sections include: News, Get Services, Find Government Agencies, Contact Government.

Retirement - Articles

10 Must-Have Retirement Needs

Advice on avoiding pitfalls. Topics include planning, finance, health issues, family and social concerns. U.S. News, July 3, 2012.

Contractor's Work Faulted at U.S. Pension Guarantor

by Mary Williams Walsh, New York Times, December 1, 2011. A small company with a big contract to determine how much the government pays people whose pension plans have failed got the numbers wrong, a new audit has found. And not just once. A long-awaited report by the inspector general of the Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation reveals that even after problems at the company were identified, the pension insurer failed to replace it with another vendor. Instead, it expanded the company's duties. View in Context »

Coordinating Retirement with Your Spouse

Married couples don't always agree on retirement timing or lifestyle. By Emily Brandon. U.S News, June 18, 2012.

Peace, Love, and Social Security: Baby Boomers Retire to the Commune

By Anna Spinner, the Atlantic, November 21, 2011. As they simplify their lives in middle age, former hippies find themselves returning to the land.

Retirement - Web sites, blogs

Center for Retirement Research, Boston College

Promotes research on retirement issues, transmits new findings to the policy community and the public, helps train new scholars, and broadens access to valuable data sources.

Travel, Recreation, Study - Articles

5 Things to Bring on Every Flight

By Alexis Lipsitz Flippin,, December 5, 2011.

Cruises: Big Boat, Little Boat

by Bill Newcott. How to choose the right cruise ship for you. AARP The Magazine, December 2011/January 2012, pp. 28-29.

In Auditing Classes, Older Students Find Welcome on Campus.

By David Wallis. New York Times, March 13, 2013.

Six Historic Beach Resorts That Are Surprisingly Affordable.

By Bill Newcott. AARP Magazine August/September 2012.

Travel, Recreation, Study - Web sites, blogs

Travel with a challenge: countries and cultures, cruises and nature vacations for mature travelers. Links to senior travel articles, websites, print resources, and senior-friendly volunteer vacations.

Village Movement - Articles

A National Overview of Villages: Results from a 2012 Organizational Survey

Rutgers School of Social Work. December 1, 2012. 8 pages. Includes bibliography.

Aging in Place: A State Survey of Livability Policies and Practices. (pdf)

Two-page summary of a Research Report by the National Conference of State Legislatures and the AARP Public Policy Institute. December 2011. "The vast majority of adults want to …continue to live in their own homes or communities…. This report examines state policies that can help older adults age in place."

Coming Together to Make Aging a Little Easier

By Elizabeth Pope. New York Times, Friday, September 16, 2011, p.F6, Describes cooperative organizations in New York, California, and elsewhere in the US organized by and for older women.

Promoting Age-Friendly Communities in Massachusetts; Experiences of a Neighborhood Model in Brookline

By Jewish Family & Children's Service. 22 pages. Many states and communities across the country are experimenting and identifying best practices to support the overwhelming desire of older Americans to stay in their own homes and communities as they age. This report describes a multi-partner initiative for strengthening social bonds and building an aging-friendly community. The initiative begins with an effort to learn more about the day-to-day needs and interests of older adults living in North... View in Context »

Village Movement - Web sites, blogs

Village to Village Network

Helps communities to establish and manage their own Villages