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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

  • NISC welcomes new leadership The Executive Committee of our National Institute of Senior Centers (NISC) has welcomed Sue Getman, executive director at Wilmington Senior Center, as the new NISC Chair. Other new leaders include Lynn Fields Harris, Nicole Gorman, and Elizabeth Biggers Barnat.
  • Educate Congress in August August is around the corner and that means members of Congress will be in their home districts. Introduce them to the seniors you serve and programs you offer! Since federal funding decisions for next year are still on hold, this is a great chance to educate legislators about investments they can make in key programs.
  • How do you compare? Take our United States of Aging Survey quiz to see how you compare to seniors nationally when it comes to optimism, setting health goals, and whether your community is prepared for an aging population. If you missed last week’s Town Hall event announcing the 2014 results, watch the recording on USA Today.
  • Webinar: Like, Post, Tweet, & Pin Us Join us on July 24 for Part II in our series with IlluminAge on marketing and communications strategies and best practices for the aging services organization. Discover the importance of editorial planning, diverse content sources, and discipline in managing your organization’s social media efforts.
  • 2 weeks left to enter our Falls Free® photo contest Send us your photos of older adults participating in evidence-based falls prevention programs—and you could win an Amazon gift card! Winning photos also will be used to promote the 2014 Falls Prevention Awareness Day (FPAD) on Sept. 23. The deadline to enter is Aug. 1.