Many people don’t know which way to turn when they hit a problem. So having the support of an online community can be a huge benefit to over 50s.
There are a wide range of social communities with a huge pool of knowledge and support you can tap into. Here are a few of my favourites.
A magazine for women which has a huge range of articles from Health and Fitness to Retirement Living. You can contribute to the magazine by being a guest blogger or a contributor.
Another women’s magazine which claims a global community of 150,000 women over 60. Topics include makeup for the older woman, senior dating, retirement planning, fashion for older women, senior travel, grandchildren and more
Gransnet, which is UK based, has several interesting features along with the usual topics. There is a very active forum, to which you can contribute, and there is also ‘Gransnet Local Sites’. This is a network of local sites, which point people in the direction of anything and everything of interest in their local area.
Their strapline describes the aims of this site perfectly…..’Helping You To Help Them’ There is all kinds of advice on ways to help the very elderly, which is very useful if you have aged parents. As well as being able to win prizes, you can also advertise your offering on this site.
Women’s magazine edited by US bloggers, Ronna Benjamin and Felice Shapiro. There are all of the usual topics you would expect, as well as a wide range of articles. You can contribute articles and advertise on BA50.
UK based site with a range of topics….Health, Mobility, Finance, Leisure, Travel, Dating plus a forum and numerous articles. The style is rather old fashioned.
Probably the UK’s leading site for the over 50s. As well as the usual range of topics, Silversurfers has several unique features including ‘Speakers Corner’, ‘Polls’, ‘Articles’, ‘Offers and Discounts’, ‘Travel Offers’, ‘Social and Friendship’, ‘Silvercard’, ‘Prize Draws’ and ‘Best of the Web’.
The University of the Third Age is not an online social networking site per se, but nevertheless offers a way of meeting like minded people face to face rather than on the internet. It is a learning cooperative of older people, which enables members to share many educational, creative and leisure activities. Members, through sharing their knowledge, skills and experience, learn from one another.
This is an extraordinary site, compiled by the self styled ‘Mean Queen’, aged 66. She was originally a Heavy Goods Driver until she retired aged 60. In her words ‘This is my journey from frazzled alcoholic to a relaxed happy pensioner’. On retiring she started writing her blog, which revolves around her main interests……extreme frugality, crafts and walking. It is a daily dairy telling us what she has been up to with many money saving tips along the way.
Another UK based site mainly concentrating on the health and welfare of women over 45. Topics include ‘Health A-Z’, ‘Living Well’, ‘Food’, ‘Fitness and Family’
I hope you can find these sites useful.
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