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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

  • 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 Seniors® scams toolkit in your community.
  • Renewed employment and self-esteem For nearly 50 years, the Senior Community Service Employment Program (SCSEP) has helped unemployed, low-income older adults gain skills and training to re-enter the workforce. NCOA is a national SCSEP sponsor, and last year helped 4,600 mature workers find job training and placement.
  • NISC chair travels to Taiwan Carol Reagan, chair of our National Institute of Senior Centers (NISC), was invited to be a keynote speaker at the International Conference of Elder Education and Intergenerational Learning in Taipei, Taiwan. Reagan spoke about innovative programs and services at senior centers throughout the U.S.
  • 10 Ways the Ryan Budget Could Harm Older Americans The House of Representatives last week approved a nonbinding budget blueprint from House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan (R-WI) that could significantly harm our nation’s seniors, particularly millions struggling to make ends meet. The Senate will not take up the measure.
  • 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. Also, take a minute to email your lawmakers asking for increased falls prevention funding.