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Senior EducationAs retired seniors, you may find yourself in the unique situation of having more time on your hands to pursue your interests and learn new things. There are tons of great resources for seniors online, many of which are free. While you can still pay to take online courses through many academic institutions to earn credits, you can also tap into some free courses where you can learn a lot, and don’t have to pay to obtain that high quality information.

Open Culture

A great resource for finding free educational media online is Open Culture. The materials you can find on the site are great for personal enrichment. The site highlights a number of educational opportunities in the humanities and social sciences, including courses from professionals at UC Berkeley, Pratt Institute, Yale, Columbia, Stanford, and many others.


Another great resource for online learning is Massachusetts Institute of Technology. MIT has the OpenCourseWare project, which offers full syllabuses, assignments, exams, and audio or video lectures. Courses fall into the categories of architecture and planning; engineering; health sciences and technology; humanities, arts, and social sciences; management; science; and other programs, including cross-disciplinary topics.
Whether you want to learn more about the world’s religions, or how to do linear algebra, the internet has a ton of free courses for livelong learning.

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Senior News from the NCOA

  • Tell Congress to increase funding for falls prevention The federal government spends only about $7 million per year to prevent falls among older adults. Yet, with 1 in 3 seniors falling each year, the annual medical costs for treating these injuries are now over $36 billion. Help us tell Congress to give elder falls prevention the funding it needs!
  • Promote falls prevention during Older Americans Month The theme for Older Americans Month in May is "Safe Today. Healthy Tomorrow." Our focus is on falls prevention. Check out our resources that you can use and share throughout the month.
  • Webinar: Community First Choice Option The Community First Choice Option provides states with a new opportunity and financial incentive to expand access to home and community-based services to individuals with disabilities and seniors. Hear from three states that are actively considering or implementing it in a May 16 webinar sponsored by NCOA and the Friday Morning Collaborative.
  • How to get help paying for dental, vision, hearing care Medicare pays for a range of health care services for older adults and persons living with disabilities. But routine teeth cleaning, vision and hearing tests, eyeglass and hearing aid fittings, and similar procedures are not covered. Find out how seniors can get help paying for these services.
  • Webinar: Steps to Avoiding Scams Join NCOA and IlluminAge for a free webinar on April 24 to discover common scams and fraud targeting older adults, resources to help protect them, and how to use our Savvy Saving SeniorsĀ® scams toolkit in your community.