However you decide how to spend your time in later life, there are many resources below that can help. This list was adapted from a list provided by Presbyterian Senior Services (PSS), which provides many great programs for older adults in NYC.
Personal Development / Improvement
AARP Life Reimagined – to help you navigate change no matter what situation you find yourself in. Take the mystery out of change and discover path to new possibilities
Coming of Age NYC – to help individuals 50+ to explore, connect and fulfill their potential
Encore – to pursue ‘encore careers,’ jobs which combine personal meaning, continued income and social impact – in the second half of act.
Fierce with Age – spirituality and aging
Ted Talks – best talks and performances from TED conferences, TEDx and partner events.
Senior Planet – tech resource for people 60+
NY Public LibraryOpen Culture – 750 free online courses
Coursera – free online classes from top universities and organizations
Road Scholar – 6,500 educational tours in 50 states / 100 countries
AARP Create the Good – to connect with volunteer opportunities
RSVP (Retired and Senior Volunteer Program) – has over 4,000 volunteers 55+ at hundreds of nonprofit agencies throughout NYC
NYC Service – help address NYC’s most pressing needs
NY Cares – flexible commitments to communities throughout NYC
Volunteer Match – find a volunteer opportunity
Civic Engagement / Advocacy
AARP – membership organization that empowers people to choose how they live as they age
Age4Action – helps people 50+ to strengthen society and improve communities through their active engagement and valuable contributions as dynamic advocates, valued workers, committed volunteers and lifelong learners
Council of Senior Centers and Services – membership organization of over 200 senior service agencies that serve over 300,000 seniors. Leading agency in NYC advocating for older adults
Gray Panthers – intergenerational education and advocacy organization dedicated to achieving social and economic justice / peace for all people
.JASA Institute for Action – trains seniors 55+ to be advocates for senior issues and benefits
Gray is Green – leading environmental education, advocacy and action organization for older adults
This Chair Rocks – Ashton Applewhite’s blog (and book) – also see Yo, Is This Ageist?
Idealist – world’s best place to find volunteer opportunities, nonprofit jobs, internships and organizations working to change the world
Indeed – to find millions of jobs from thousands of company web sites, job boards and newspapers
LinkedIn – build and engage with your professional network. Access knowledge, insights and opportunities
NYPL Job Center – job search assistance, one-on-one counseling, resume assistance and career planning resources
E-Newsletters Focused on Purposeful Aging
Human Values in Aging – covers late-life creativity, spirituality, lifelong learning and humanistic gerontology
Institute for the Ages – to connect innovators with the authentic voices of older adults to advance policy, product and service innovations to improves lives of people of all ages
National Center for Creating Aging – fosters understanding of vital relationship between creative expression and healthy aging
Next Avenue – PBS resource designed to reach America’s 50+ population as they pan for and literally define a new life stage