The internet is now a vital resource in today’s society and while there are lots of people that think this new digital age is only relevant to the younger generation, this is far from the case.
Now there are countless resources and websites for older people to use. These offer up advice on anything from social networking, health, technology to the latest compression socks on the market. You really can find an answer to any question you may have.
We’ve found some helpful and useful resources and websites that will certainly be of interest, and you can find out about them below.
Helpful websites and resources for older people
Bloggers & travel
50 Shades of Age
50 Shades of Age is a travel and lifestyle site for the over fifties and was founded in 2012 by Kathy Marris, who hoped to motivate older people to live the best lives that they can possibly live. The blog focuses mainly on travel, but it also shares tips on keeping active and healthy as you age.
A Taste for Travel
A Taste for Travel is a culinary travel blog for people who love food, drink and sun destinations. Since 2009, it has been showcasing destinations, cultures and recipes from around the world. Or, if you’re more of an armchair traveller who loves to cook, you can shake up your normal dinner plans with the blog’s hand-picked global recipes that will introduce you to new flavours and ingredients. Perhaps they'll even remind you of favourite dishes from your own travels!
Sand In My Suitcase
Written by professional travel writers, Janice and George Mucalov, Sand In My Suitcase is illustrated with beautiful photos and packed with useful travel information. Janice Mucalov, explains “Yes, you’re mature. But that doesn’t mean you’ve lost your spirit for adventure or your taste for a little luxury when you travel. Indeed, with children grown and more than a few pennies in your pockets, you may have more of an ability to indulge those interests now.”
Caron Cares is an award-winning blog that is a great source of information for anyone caring for someone elderly or someone with dementia. It is useful for professional carers but more so for family caregivers who often find themselves “accidental carers” and are unsure on what to do, or what help is available to them.
Turn 2 Us
The national anti-poverty charity’s website is home to a Benefits Calculator, a Grants Search and a host of information pages. Each year Turn2us gives around £4m in charitable grants, which can be applied online through the website.
Playlist for Life
Playlist for Life is the UK’s leading music and dementia charity. Their website offers people with dementia (as well as carers, family, healthcare professionals, and community organisations) information and tips on all things related to personal playlists. The site provides information on how to find the right music, using playlists properly, how to listen to playlists (i.e. which technology to use), and also the benefits of using personal playlists in the daily care of someone with dementia.
Euan’s Guide makes it easier for disabled people to find great places to go. The website was founded in 2013 by Euan MacDonald, who is a powerchair user, and his sister Kiki. As Euan’s access requirements changed, both went in search of recommendations for accessible places to visit but a platform for this didn’t exist. Built as a friendly and honest alternative to hours of web searching and phone calls before visiting somewhere new, Euan’s Guide now has thousands of disabled access reviews and listings for places all over the UK and beyond.
Information and advice
Look Fabulous Forever
Look Fabulous Forever is a makeup and skincare brand aimed at women over fifty. The website is a great place if you're looking for inspiration and beauty products - from recommendations on the perfect shade of lipstick, to personalised skincare and makeup advice with their customer service team.
When They Get Older
When They Get Older is a website offering tips and advice to families who want the best for their older friends and relatives, whether they’re nearby or hundreds of miles away, living independently or cared for in a home. The website shares tips and experiences to support you, as you support your older relatives.
Communities and social networking
The Evergreen Bed & Breakfast Club is a homestay travel network for people over the age of 50 and is the modern take on the B&B. Since founding in 1982, the club has upheld the idea that people are evergreen; they continue to grow - being vibrant, alert, productive and important - no matter how many years have passed. Travel and unselfish interaction with others tend to bring out these vital qualities, and the club helps seniors mentally regenerate through friendships and travel by providing alternatives to hotels. Members get insights from their host on the local treasures.
Silversurfers is the UK’s largest online community for the over 50s in the UK, providing news, reviews, forums, chat, information and discounts from 200 leading brands. It has thousands of informative articles ranging from all aspects of health, finance, travel, gardening and technology. Silversurfers Facebook is one of the most active and engaged community pages in the UK, with over 1 million followers.
u3a (university of the third age) is a UK-wide, co-operative movement of people in the third stage of their lives - retired or semi-retirement or no longer bringing up a family. u3a members come together to continue their educational, social and creative interests in a friendly and informal environment.
Sixtyplusurfers is a website for the over 60s and every month you can enter competitions, prize draws, and reader offers. There are also celebrity interviews, helpful features, articles, lifestyle advice and plenty of top tips.
Re-engage provides vital, life-enhancing social connections for older people at a time in their lives when their social circles are diminishing - all their services are free to older people (75+). Re-engage also organise monthly tea parties as a chance for a change of scenery and regular afternoons of conversation and laughter, as well as regular activities groups. Their Call Companions scheme is a telephone befriending service, which ensures older people remain connected to the outside world. Their Community Christmas project provides a free online directory of local festive events and activities taking place across the UK, which are open to local older people who would otherwise be spending Christmas alone.
Sixty & Me
Sixty & Me boast a community of 500,000 over 60s and it helps women of this age live happy, healthy and financially secure lives. The 200-plus experts write articles across a whole host of different topics like mindset, caring and beauty.
Just for fun
Best for Puzzles
If you love board games, then this site is the one for you as you can try a range of free crosswords ranging from easy to cryptic. There’s lots of other fun and games that can be had on the site and these vary from jigsaws, picture pieces, solitaire, tumble tiles and word games.
An online magazine that focuses on the lives of women over the age of 40, and covers all issues affecting women at this stage of their lives. The original and curated content comes from a group of hundreds of writers.
Ancestry is the world's largest online family history resource, and allows you to explore your family history using censuses, the fully indexed birth, marriage and death records, passenger lists, the British phone books, military and parish records. So, if you want to find out about your family history, then this is the place to go.
Older adults who live far away from their family can stay close to their grandchildren and children, watch them grow and see their accomplishments on a computer screen. Getting together on a video call lets you meet over a hot drink from your dining room table.
Medical and mobility
This site aims to fight the progression of neurodegenerative conditions and support people through exceptional brain health-focused care. You can read inspiring interviews and interesting articles, access useful tools, and download the latest guides about fighting the progression of dementia.
Action for Elders
This registered charity aims to make a real difference to the quality of later life for everyone, helping people live healthier and more independent lives, working both in the community and in care homes too.
Last, but certainly not least is our very own Cosyfeet website. Any older person who suffers from swollen feet can use our site to purchase extra roomy footwear, socks, hosiery and foot comfort products. We also have a wellbeing section which provides premium-quality pain relief and mobility products that can help you in daily life. We have products that will help you when shopping, walking and exercising as well as items which will relieve pain, reduce swelling and more.
Other great sites to follow
We hope we have inspired you to discover some great resources and websites!