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Beginners may want to go through these self-paced learning sites in order:
- New User Tutorial – Learn to use your mouse and more.
- Computer Basics Tutorial – Everything you need to learn about being online, from computer basics to how a computer works, to understanding what the cloud means.
- Interactive Computer and Software Tutorials – These tutorials from Learning Express Library cover computers, various software and using the internet, and are available in the library or at home to Township residents.
- Digital Literacy – Links to basic information on getting started, the Internet, computer safety, social networking – all from the federal government.
- SeniorNet – SeniorNet’s mission is to provide older adults education for and access to computer technologies to enhance their lives.
- The Senior’s Guide to Computers – Showing you the ins and outs of personal computers using simplified terms, examples, pictures and videos actually described in easy-to-understand English.
Consumer and Legal
- Identity Theft Protection – The Federal Trade Commission has assembled excellent resources to use if you are a victim of identity theft.
- Keeping Seniors Safe – A comprehensive site for keeping seniors safe in all aspects.
- Elder Law of Michigan – This site provides information, advocacy and legal advice for seniors.
- Lakeshore Legal Aid – Not-for-profit law firm providing free civil legal services to seniors in the community.
- Consumer Education Program – A great website created by the Michigan Attorney General that provides a wide range of helpful information for Michigan seniors, their family members and caregivers.
- Senior Law – This site provides information about Elder Law, Medicare, Medicaid, estate planning, trusts and the rights of the elderly and disabled.
- AAA – Offers Safe Driving Tips for Seniors. Filled with great information for you or your loved one.
- Area Agency on Aging 1-B – This nonprofit agency provides supportive health and home care services for the elderly.
- Benefits Check Up – A tool created by the National Council on the Aging (NCOA), for locating government programs for seniors.
- Flu Shots from the Oakland County Health Division – Call (800) 434-3358 for times and locations. When available, “free” flu shots are administered according to the CDC priority list. Persons age 65 and older are at the top of the list.
- Healthfinder – Your source for reliable health information from the Federal government.
- NIH Senior Health – Health and wellness information for older adults from the National Institutes of Health.
- AnnuityFYI – Retirement basics for seniors.
- CNN/Money Magazine: Guide to Retirement – Worried about running out of cash? Here’s how you can make your nest egg last longer.
- MarketWatch: Retirement – It’s your money. Be smart.
- The Wise Stock Buyer – Learn how to grow your nest egg through this online blog.
- Social Security Administration – This site answers questions about your Social Security benefits, statements, direct deposit and more. Ask questions and apply for benefits online as well.
- A Place for Mom – Connecting families to senior care, A Place for Mom helps you simplify your search, compare costs, and get an insider’s view on assisted living communities.
- Aging & Adult Services Agency – Find out about the new trend of “Communities for a Lifetime,” and what to look for when searching for a new community. Brought to you by the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services.
- Long Term Care – Provides a long term care portal and a self-assessment tool that determines service needs and matches to State of Michigan services.
- Medicare’s Nursing Home Report– Information for comparing facilities and violations noted.
- AARP Online Community– The famous organization for the retired American.
- Next Avenue – A major new PBS system website designed to reach America’s booming 50+ population as they plan for and literally define a new life stage.
- Senior.com – Offers news, information, helpful service finders, and communication tools for the modern senior.
- Senior Planet – A tech-themed resource for people over 60 who are living and aging well — with attitude.
- Bloomfield Township Senior Services – If you are looking for a fun place to enjoy lots of activities, consider the Bloomfield Township Senior Center. The Center has a large workout room, swimming pool and lots of groups to join. Call (248) 723-3500 for more information.
- Friends of the Bloomfield Township Public Library – Become active in this group to support BTPL. A very rewarding experience is waiting for you!
- Road Scholar – Formerly Elderhostel, this is the not-for-profit educational leader since 1975.
- Oakland Talking Book Service @ RHPL – Oakland Talking Book Service @ RHPL offers services for Oakland County residents that are homebound, blind or otherwise impaired. Services include books and audio books mailed to your home. Various types of magnifying glasses and a Book Discussion Group. You can contact them at (248) 858-5050.
- National Library Service for the Blind & Physically Handicapped – A great source for several programs such as BARD.
VITALITY Kits are a new collection of resources focused on senior citizens and the many issues they face as they age. VITALITY stands for Visual and Instructive Tools to Advance Living in Transforming Years. The VITALITY Kit Collection made possible by a generous grant from the Community Foundation of Southeast Michigan.
What’s in the Bag? VITALITY Kits are a collection of books, video DVDs, audio CDs, tools, games, and activities focused on improving the quality of life for senior citizens. These kits are available to be checked out for three weeks. Check one out today!
Be sure to fill out one of our evaluation forms after using a kit. These forms will help us make sure our kits are in working order. You may also make suggestions for additional subjects to add to our collection.