Sites and Services for Seniors

Sites and Services for Seniors

Library Services for Seniors

The library offers a number of services for its patrons that are of special benefit to senior citizens.  Ask at your local branch for more information about these services.

Closed Circuit Television Viewers
The Aladdin Ultra Closed Circuit Television Viewer is available at all library branches.  The viewer employs a video camera lens to enlarge text from 3 to 30 times normal text size and allows patrons to change background and font colors, or look at photographs with ease.

Large Print Collection
All branches have a large print collection of books.  Search the large print collection.

Audiobooks
For patrons with failing vision, a good alternative may be an audiobook.  The library offers abridged and unabridged audiobooks, on audiotape or CD.  We also have downloadable audiobooks that can be listened to on a computer or a portable device.

Computers at the Library
The library offers beginner computer classes at the Voorhees and South County branches.  In addition, the text on all computers may be enlarged for greater visibility.

Assisted Listening Devices
The Voorhees Regional Branch is now a Regional Resource Center for the New Jersey State Library for the Blind, Physically Handicapped, Deaf and Hearing Impaired.  At the Reader's Services desk patrons can borrow Assisted Listening Devices that can be used in small areas or large conference rooms.  The devices can be borrowed for up to one month at no charge.

Tax Help for Seniors
Every year at tax time the library offers free tax help to senior citizens.

Library Programs
All the library branches offer a variety of programs for adults.  Check out our Adult Events to find one that's just right for you.

County Store
The County Store at the Voorhees Town Center is part of the Camden County Library System.  It offers a number of services to senior citizens including will preparation workshops, vision screening and nutrition counseling, flu shots, insurance counseling, and more.  http://www.camdencounty.com/government/county_store

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General Sites

AARP (American Association of Retired People)
http://www.aarp.org
AARP is a nonprofit, nonpartisan membership organization for people age 50 and over, dedicated to enhancing quality of life for all as we age.

Aging with Dignity
http://www.agingwithdignity.org/
A site that provides the practical information, advice and legal tools you need to ensure your wishes and those of your loved ones will be respected.

ElderWeb
http://www.elderweb.net
Research site for both professionals and family members looking for information on eldercare and long term care, and includes links to information on legal, financial, medical, and housing issues, as well as policy, research, and statistics.

Gray Panthers
http://www.graypanthers.org/
The Gray Panthers is a national organization of intergenerational activists dedicated to social change.   Taking on our society's toughest problems - peace, health care, jobs, and housing - Gray Panthers have been effective in creating change. Whether at the local, state or federal level, Gray Panthers fight to change laws and attitudes for social justice. There is a chapter in Haddonfield.

National Council on Aging
http://www.ncoa.org/
Association of organizations and professionals dedicated to promoting the dignity, self-determination, well being, and contributions of older persons.

The Senior Center
www.senior-center.com
Information on travel bargains, free books, and health news for senior citizens.

Senior Resource
http://www.seniorresource.com
Commercial website with links to information on retirement, insurance, housing and long-term care.

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Specific Sites

Caregivers

Center for Family Caregivers
http://www.caregiver.com/
Site  offers online support groups, survival guides, weekly tips, FAQs and access to a variety of resource materials.

Family Caregiver Alliance Resource Center
http://www.caregiver.org/
Provides information on a variety of caregiving resources,   fact sheets (some in Spanish and Chinese), on-line support groups and care planning consultation.

Guide to Long Term Care Planning
http://www.longtermcarelink.net/a13information_guide.htm 
Contains 35 in-depth chapters, totaling over 670 printable pages, from 8 experts and covering all areas of long-term elder care planning.

National Alliance for Caregiving
http://www.caregiving.org/
Provides tips for caregivers, and the AXA Family Foundation Family Care Resource Connection, a comprehensive database of books, Web sites, and other family caregiving resources.

Wellspouse
http://www.wellspouse.org
Provides spouses of the frail elderly with a virtual support community, including message boards and live Internet chats with other spouse caregivers. Links to health-related websites.

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Computers

The Senior's Guide to Computers
http://www.seniorsguidetocomputers.com/
Everything you need to know about computers, written for the beginner.

Computers Made Easy
http://www.csuchico.edu/~csu/seniors/computing2.html
A non-profit Web site designed to help retired folks understand how computers work and locate resources to improve their computing skills.

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Education

 Education Resources from the Camden County Government
http://www.camdencounty.com/health/senior-and-disabled-services/senior-services-education

Elderhostel
http://www.elderhostel.org
Elderhostel is a not-for-profit organization dedicated to providing  learning adventures for people 55 and over.

Senior Summer School
http://www.seniorsummerschool.com
Affordable classes for adventurous senior citizens.

Wannalearn.com
http://www.wannalearn.com/
Links to free online instructions on how to do a variety of academic subjects and fun activities.

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Finance

Benefits Checkup
http://www.benefitscheckup.org/
BenefitsCheckUp, created by the National Council on Aging, helps  to find programs for people ages 55 and over that may pay for some of their costs of prescription drugs, health care, utilities, and other essential items or services.

Better Business Bureau Shopping Safely Online
http://us.bbb.org/WWWRoot/SitePage.aspx?site=113&id=a9d5facf-8d95-4794-b575-d070a2704151&ctl07_gc1_s_rgNewsChangePage=21&art=407
Tips for shopping online and spotting online scams and frauds.

Internet Fraud: How to Avoid Internet Investment Scams
http://www.sec.gov/consumer/cyberfr.htm
Article from the Securities Exchange Commission about Internet fraud. There are also links instructions on how to report fraud to the SEC.

Third Age
http://www.thirdage.com/money/
Information on saving and investing, estate planning, mortgages, wise use of credit, taxes, employment--all tailored to seniors.

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Health

Alzheimer's Association
http://www.alzheimers.org
Information on Alzheimer's disease and related disorders.

American Association for Geriatric Psychiatry
http://www.aagpgpa.org
Site with information for both caregivers and care recipients; includes depression and dementia fact sheets and resources for caregivers.

American Diabetes Association
http://www.diabetes.org

American Health Assistance Foundation
www.ahaf.org/alzheimers
Educates the public about age-related diseases and provides emergency financial assistance to Alzheimer's disease patients and their caregivers.

American Heart Association
http://www.americanheart.org

Senior Friendly Factsheets
http://www.dietitians.ca/Nutrition-Resources-A-Z/Fact-Sheet-Pages(HTML)/Seniors/Cooking-for-One-or-Two--Eating-Alone.aspx
Dietitians of Canada have developed tip sheets to assist seniors with planning, shopping for and preparing healthy meals.

Hard of Hearing Advocates
http://hohadvocates.org/
Overview of hearing impairments and older adults.

Health Services from the Camden County Government
http://www.camdencounty.com/health/senior-and-disabled-services/health-services

Hospital Information from the Camden County Government http://www.camdencounty.com/health/senior-and-disabled-services/senior-services-hospitals

Infoaging.org
http://www.infoaging.org
Delivers the latest  information for the layman on a wide range of age-related diseases, conditions and issues.

Medical Day Care Centers from Camden County Government
http://www.camdencounty.com/health/senior-and-disabled-services/senior-services-medical-day-care-centers

Medicare
http://www.medicare.gov/
Includes a directory of participating physicians, comparison of supplemental insurance plans, and nursing home comparisons. Visit www.cms.gov for the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services.

Miracle on Wheels
http://www.durablemedical.com
Provides durable medical products such as power wheelchairs or scooters to qualified patients with disabilities.

National Cancer Institute
http://cancer.gov/

National Osteoporosis Foundation
http://www.nof.org/

Needy Meds
http://www.needymeds.com
Needy Meds lists pharmaceutical companies that offer programs to assist patients unable to buy necessary medicines.

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Legal Information

An Older Person's Guide to Finding Legal Help
http://www.empowermentzone.com/legalhlp.txt
This manual was developed and published by Legal Counsel for the Elderly, which is sponsored by AARP.

SeniorLaw
http://www.seniorlaw.com/
Senior citizens, their families, attorneys, social workers, and financial planners can access information about Elder Law, Medicare, Medicaid, estate planning, trusts and the rights of the elderly and disabled.

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Leisure Time

Cooking for One or Two
http://www.hls.gov.bc.ca/publications/year/1993/senchef.pdf

Games for the Brain
http://www.gamesforthebrain.com/

Games from Yahoo.com
http://games.yahoo.com
A variety of games, including those that can be played alone.

Play Bridge
http://playbridge.com/
A bridge tutoring site.

Woodworker's Central
http://woodworking.org/
Many facets of woodworking included on this site.

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Nostalgia

American Memory
http://memory.loc.gov
From the Library of Congress -- materials relating to the history and culture of the United States.

Camden County Library Genealogy Resources

Ellis Island Records
http://memory.loc.gov
If your ancestor came through Ellis Island, a record should be found here.

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Online Magazines

Grand Times
www.grandtimes.com
Weekly magazine for active seniors

SeniorSite
www.seniorsite.com
Online magazine featuring news, chat rooms, romance and tips for seniors

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Travel

 Access-Able Travel
http://www.access-able.com/
Provides access information to mature and disabled travelers, including information on accessible attractions, lodging, transportation,  and equipment rental.

Bed & Breakfast Inns Online
http://www.bbonline.com/
Find a bed and breakfast inn by location or distinctive feature

CDC Travelers' Health
http://www.cdc.gov/travel/
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention gives health information for destinations as well as updates on outbreaks and general advice for travelers on food, disease, vaccinations and more.

CIA World Factbook
https://www.cia.gov/library/publications/the-world-factbook/index.html
Country listings include information about geography, people, economic conditions, maps and more.

Currency Converter
http://www.oanda.com/converter/classic
Simple currency converter -- converts 164 currencies.

Discounted Hotels
http://www.discountedhotels.com/
A commercial site offering low room rates in the U.S. and international cities.

Elderhostel
Elderhostel is a not-for-profit organization dedicated to providing  learning adventures for people 55 and over.

Expedia Travel
http://www.expedia.com/
Expedia, Microsoft's travel agency, has flight, accommodation and vacation information.

 Fodor's Travel Online
http://www.fodors.com/
Fodor's guide is now available on the web. Look for destinations, hotels, restaurants and more

Frommer's Budget Travel Online
http://www.frommers.com/
Gives information on destinations, tips for travelers and booking options

 Passport Services and Information
http://travel.state.gov/passport/passport_1738.html
 This U.S. State Department site provides forms, explains fees and answers questions about passports.

 Rail Europe
http://www.raileurope.com/us/
 Rail Europe provides schedules and fares for European trains and is a source of rail passes. Other travel services are also provided.

Rick Steves' Europe Through the Back Door
http://www.ricksteves.com/
Commercial site that provides information to budget-minded travelers as well as rail passes, tours and travel materials.

Travel Tips for Older Americans
http://www.pueblo.gsa.gov/cic_text/state/olderamericans.html
Publication from the U.S. Department of State.

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Volunteering

Senior Corps
http://www.seniorcorps.org/
Senior Corps is a network of programs that tap the experience, skills, and talents of older citizens to meet community challenges with Foster Grandparents, Senior Companions and RSVP (Retired and Senior Volunteer Program).

Volunteer Center of Camden County
http://www.camdencounty.com/government/volunteer-center-camden-county

Too Young to Retire
http://www.2young2retire.com/

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Government

Local  Government - Camden County

Camden County Division of Senior and Disabled Services
http://www.camdencounty.com/health/senior-and-disabled-services

Benefit Counseling
http://www.camdencounty.com/health/senior-and-disabled-services/senior-services-benefit-counseling

Counseling
http://www.camdencounty.com/health/senior-and-disabled-services/senior-services-counseling

Education
http://www.camdencounty.com/health/senior-and-disabled-services/senior-services-education

Emergency Services
http://www.camdencounty.com/node/521

Entitlement
http://www.camdencounty.com/health/senior-and-disabled-services/senior-services-entitlements

Grandparents
http://www.camdencounty.com/health/senior-and-disabled-services/grandparents

Health Services
http://www.camdencounty.com/health/senior-and-disabled-services/health-services

Home Delivered Meals
http://www.camdencounty.com/health/senior-and-disabled-services/senior-services-home-delivered-meals

Hospitals
http://www.camdencounty.com/health/senior-and-disabled-services/senior-services-hospitals

Housing
http://www.camdencounty.com/health/senior-and-disabled-services/senior-services-housing

Housing Programs
http://www.camdencounty.com/health/senior-and-disabled-services/senior-services-housing-programs

In-Home Services
http://www.camdencounty.com/health/senior-and-disabled-services/senior-services-home-services

Insurance Counseling
http://www.camdencounty.com/health/senior-and-disabled-services/senior-services-insurance-counseling

Medical Day Care Centers
http://www.camdencounty.com/health/senior-and-disabled-services/senior-services-medical-day-care-centers

Nursing Homes
http://www.camdencounty.com/health/senior-and-disabled-services/senior-services-nursing-homes

Organizations
http://www.camdencounty.com/health/senior-and-disabled-services/senior-services-organizations

Protective Services
http://www.camdencounty.com/health/senior-and-disabled-services/senior-services-protective-services

Social, Cultural, and Recreational activities
http://www.camdencounty.com/health/senior-and-disabled-services/senior-services-social-cultural-and-recreational-activities

Social Day Care Centers
http://www.camdencounty.com/health/senior-and-disabled-services/senior-services-social-day-care-centers

Subsidized Housing
http://www.camdencounty.com/health/senior-and-disabled-services/senior-services-subsidized-housing

Support Groups
http://www.camdencounty.com/health/senior-and-disabled-services/senior-services-support-groups

Transportation
http://www.camdencounty.com/health/senior-and-disabled-services/senior-services-transportation-0

Volunteering
http://www.camdencounty.com/government/volunteer-center-camden-county

State Government - New Jersey

State Agency on Aging:  Department of Health and Senior Services
http://www.state.nj.us./health/

NJ Department of Health & Senior Services: Senior Services
http://www.state.nj.us/health/seniors.htm

Division of Senior Affairs: Aging and Community Services
http://www.state.nj.us/humanservices/doas/home/

State Medicaid Information
http://www.state.nj.us/humanservices/dmahs/clients/medicaid/

More New Jersey Information

Centers of Independent Living in New Jersey -- from SeniorMag
http://www.seniormag.com/stateresources/nj/ila.htm

AARP -- New Jersey
http://www.aarp.org/states/nj/

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Federal Government

First Gov for Seniors
Comprehensive page from the Social Security Administration covering consumer protection, health, tax assistance and other federal and state services.

Social Security Administration
http://www.ssa.gov
For questions dealing with Social Security.

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