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Other Useful Links

Here are some other external web links that OLLI members may find useful. This greatly expanded list is based on the efforts and suggestions of the following OLLI Communications Committee members – Doris Bloch (subcommittee chair), Barbara Cereghino, Sheri Siesseger and Betty Smith. Note: OLLI-Mason is not responsible for any content published on or accessible through these external sites.

Direct links to below categories: Mason News / Senior Resources / Volunteering / Culture,Entertainment,Leisure / Travel / Parks,Recreation / Health / Lifelong Learning
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Mason News

Senior Resources

  • Senior Navigator (a non-profit organization that “provides free information about the health and aging resources available to Virginians … on issues such as health, financial concerns, legal questions, health facilities, housing options, transportation, exercise programs, advocacy…”)
  • AARP (“a nonprofit, nonpartisan membership organization that helps people 50 and over improve the quality of their lives.”)
  • Services for Older Adults
  • Senior Centers


  • SeniorCorps (“connects today’s over 55s with the people and organizations that need them most,” … helping “them become mentors, coaches or companions to people in need, or contribute their job skills and expertise to community projects and
  • Volunteer Fairfax (“…mobilizes people and resources to meet regional community needs.”)
  • Shepherd’s Centers (“interfaith community-based organizations” whose mission is “to empower older adults to use their wisdom and skills for the good of their communities.”)

Culture, Entertainment, Leisure


Parks, Recreation


  • NIH SeniorHealth (basic health and wellness information for older adults from the National Institutes of Health)
  • MedlinePlus (information about conditions and diseases – a service of the U.S National Library of Medicine and the National Institutes of Health)
  • (“health information for the whole family”)
  • (“Live well. Learn how.” – from the U.S. Department of Health &Human Services)
  • National Cancer Institute (cancer information – NCI is part of the National Institutes of Health)
  • Mayo Clinic (“More than 3,300 physicians, scientists and researchers from Mayo Clinic share their expertise to empower you to manage your health.”)
  • Cleveland Clinic (“Access nearly 5,000 health articles, videos, and tools to help you manage your health.”)
  • Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (information on infectious disease, travel health and preventive care – “Your online source for credible health information.”)
  • CAPHIS “Top 100 Health Websites You Can Trust” (CAPHIS is the Consumer and Patient Health Information Section of the Medical Library Association)
  • My Family Health Portrait (“A tool from the Surgeon General … makes it easy for you to record your family health history … [and] share with family members or send to your health care practitioner”)

Lifelong Learning

  • George Mason University Catalog (seniors can audit courses, space permitting, free; tip: read this E-News special section about the experiences of OLLI members who audited courses at Mason)
  • Local lifelong learning opportunities
    • Encore Learning in Arlington, Virginia (associated with George Mason University, Marymount University, Arlington Public Schools Adult Education Program, and WETA)
  • Lifelong learning institutes throughout the United States
  • Free online learning opportunities (listed randomly)
    • YouTube EDU (“…access to a broad set of educational videos that range from academic lectures to inspirational speeches and everything in between. Come here for quick lessons from top teachers around the world, course lectures from top-tier universities, or inspiring videos to spark your imagination.”)
    • Academic Earth (“A world-class education at your fingertips.”)
    • Khan Academy (“Learn almost anything for free. …providing a free world-class education for anyone anywhere.”)
    • TED (“Riveting talks by remarkable people, free to the world.”)
    • Coursera (“Take the World’s Best Courses, Online, For Free.”)
    • edX (“The future of online education – for anyone, anywhere, anytime.”) Founded by Harvard and MIT, free online classes are offered by Harvard, MIT, University of California at Berkeley, the University of Texas and Geogetown.
    • MRUniversity (“Marginal Revolution University – Learn, Teach and Share”). Launched by Mason professors Tyler Cowen and Alex Tabarrok; their first course is in development economics.
    • Udacity (“…a totally new kind of learning experience. You learn by solving challenging problems and pursuing udacious projects with world-renowned university instructors – not by watching long, boring lectures.”)
    • Class Central (“A complete list of free online courses [university-level education] offered by Coursera, edX and Udacity.”)
    • new4Online College Courses (“A database of free, high-quality, college-level classes across many subjects from the world’s leading universities … allows anyone interested in these courses to create their own course list and the ability to track their progress.”)