There are myriad online resources available to silver surfers, from over 50s insurance advice to beauty and dating. It can be time-consuming and a little confusing navigating the plethora of sites, and sorting through those that are badly formatted, or littered with adverts. So to make life easier for you find your way around, we've compiled a list of six top online resources, with an emphasis on the fun and light-hearted.
1. Silver Surfers Guide
They say: The definitive online guide for the over 50s.
The Silver Surfers Guide is a well-presented, easy-to-use site providing a host of information on various topics including finance, property, shopping, health, travel and dating. Furthermore, there are puzzles, horoscopes, recipes, lively polls and debates, computer tutorials, networking and live TV. There's even a timed test to discover the 'true' age of your brain.
2. Giddy Limits
They say: For the highly charged, powerful and positive generation.
As the above suggests, the Giddy Limits site is smart, comprehensive and fun, encompassing such diverse categories as business and work, mind and body, UK and Ireland travel and 'My Giddy Aunt' - a selection of tales about the amusing, fictional (we think!) Aunt Lillian. There are a number of well written and informative articles on retirement, inspiring people and food, as well as fun quizzes.
3. Third Age.com
They say: Health, news, people and lifestyle for baby boomers.
Third Age is a well-informed, superbly laid out lifestyle site for the 'baby boomers' mentioned above. It comprehensively covers health, beauty, relationships, entertainment and celebrity news via articles, video and forums. Although naturally open to both genders, the site is mainly aimed at a female audience.
4. Silver Travel Advisor
They say: Personal Advice for Mature Travellers.
Silver Travel Advisor hosts comprehensive travel reviews covering holiday packages, hotels, cruises and tours, as well as providing useful advice. Members' travel reviews are welcomed, with prizes offered to the best. Indeed, there are plenty of monthly prize draws ranging from vouchers to free holidays. The popular forum page is also a great way to discuss holiday plans and share tips.
They say: The Best Online Photo Management and Sharing Application.
Flickr is a great way to share and browse photos. It is a user-friendly, bustling site packed to the brim with photos from around the world. Some of the images come with their own stories, others simply showcase their well composed photographic form. Registering for an account allows the user to upload photos and organise their favourites chosen from their own and other people’s photos. There is also a handy shopping tool to order prints from fellow members.
What could be more fun than finding romance and companionship? There are a number of dating sites tailored specifically for mature singletons and it would be impossible to list them all here. However, here's our pick of the more respectable sites.
- Mature Dating UK
A clearly laid out site with excellent features and graphics which are simple to use, including 'icebreaker', video profiles and instant messaging. Mature Dating takes member safety very seriously and provides common-sense advice about online safeguarding.
One of the UK's largest and most popular dating sites, Match is very easy to use and has a large member profile. As with most dating sites, it is possible to search on both a broad and narrow range of criteria, depending on your preferences.
- Love Generations
This colourful site is straightforward and easy to use, providing a profile coach to guide registered members through the process and an interesting online blog feature.