Discover your community.

Here’s some helpful websites and organizations, both at the local and national level.

Tompkins County Office for the Aging

COFA provides objective and unbiased information regarding the array of services available for older adults and their caregivers.


The mission of Lifelong is to enhance the lives of older adults in Tompkins County.

Lifelong achieves its mission through health and wellness, learning, exercise, recreation, travel, life planning and volunteer programs.

Explore their web site and take advantage of the many opportunities that Lifelong provides seniors throughout the county.

Ithaca College Gerontology Institute

Ithaca College established the Gerontology Institute in 1992 to serve as a campus and community resource that promotes and supports research, curriculum development, community education, and community service activities in gerontology. The Institute offers a major and a minor in aging studies as well as a certificate program for non-degree students. As part of our mission to serve as a community resource, the Institute offers training for professionals in health and aging services through a number of internally funded and grant funded initiatives. Recent and ongoing projects include:

  • the Ithaca College/Longview Partnership which has received national recognition for its intergenerational activities
  • a workshop series held each semester focusing on practical and emerging topics of interest to active professionals
  • an annual conference which addresses physical and social aspects of aging around a yearly theme
  • a distinguished speaker series and visiting scholar
  • research, scholarship, and service in the form of community surveys, published articles and presentations at state and national conferences on issues such as rural aging, housing, community-based services, and life quality
National Council on the Aging

The National Council on the Aging is a private, non-profit association that is a center of leadership and nationwide expertise on the issue of aging.

International Council on Active Aging

The International Council on Aging is dedicated to changing the way people age by uniting and working with professionals in the retirement, assisted living, fitness, rehabilitation, and wellness fields. Its primary focus is changing society’s perceptions of aging and improving the quality of life for aging baby boomers and older adults with the six dimensions of wellness.

Retirement Life Matters

Hundreds of articles for the retired on topics ranging from health to relationships to spirituality.

Love to Know Seniors

Interviews with experts; fashion and beauty; arts and crafts – you’ll find a little bit of everything here.

Road Scholar

Want to see the statues on Easter Island? Float down the Danube? Check out Road Scholar, the site for Elderhostel, “the not-for-profit world leader in lifelong learning.”

Evergreen Club

If you’re over 50 and like to travel, check out what the Evergreen Club offers:  a network of low-priced B&Bs, guest rooms and other down-to-earth, personal accommodations.

Top 100 Health & Wellness Sites for Seniors

This one’s the motherlode. Websites with information on everything from the latest health and wellness news to fitness, nutrition, mental health, blogs, illness & disease. Leave yourself plenty of time to fully explore all the options presented here.

U.S. Food & Drug Administration

This government-sponsored website provides information on new and generic drug approvals, recalls and market withdrawals, shortages, safety and availability, news and announcements and other consumer and healthcare professional information.


A website for an international community of computer-using seniors which contains a variety of resources.

The Senior’s Guide to Computers

Simple, useful, and uncluttered is the Senior’s Guide to Computers. And it shouldn’t be any other way with technology. This site walks you through everything computer and web related with their easy-to-navigate “Learning Center.” Want to back up your data? You’ll get written instructions complete with screenshots and animation.