Older Person’s Resource List from PSS

However you decide how to spend your time in later life, there are many resources below that can help. This list was adapted from a list provided by Presbyterian Senior Services (PSS), which provides many great programs for older adults in NYC.

Personal Development / Improvement

AARP Life Reimagined – to help you navigate change no matter what situation you find yourself in.  Take the mystery out of change and discover path to new possibilities

Coming of Age NYC – to help individuals 50+ to explore, connect and fulfill their potential

Encore – to pursue ‘encore careers,’ jobs which combine personal meaning, continued income and social impact – in the second half of act.

Fierce with Age – spirituality and aging

Ted Talks – best talks and performances from TED conferences, TEDx and partner events.

Lifelong Learning

Senior Planet – tech resource for people 60+

NY Public LibraryOpen Culture – 750 free online courses

Coursera – free online classes from top universities and organizations

Road Scholar – 6,500 educational tours in 50 states / 100 countries


AARP Create the Good – to connect with volunteer opportunities

RSVP (Retired and Senior Volunteer Program) – has over 4,000 volunteers 55+ at hundreds of nonprofit agencies throughout NYC

NYC Service – help address NYC’s most pressing needs

NY Cares – flexible commitments to communities throughout NYC

Volunteer Match – find a volunteer opportunity

Civic Engagement / Advocacy

AARP – membership organization that empowers people to choose how they live as they age

Age4Action – helps people 50+ to strengthen society and improve communities through their active engagement and valuable contributions as dynamic advocates, valued workers, committed volunteers and lifelong learners

Council of Senior Centers and Services – membership organization of over 200 senior service agencies that serve over 300,000 seniors.  Leading agency in NYC advocating for older adults

Gray Panthers – intergenerational education and advocacy organization dedicated to achieving social and economic justice / peace for all people

.JASA Institute for Action – trains seniors 55+ to be advocates for senior issues and benefits

Gray is Green – leading environmental education, advocacy and action organization for older adults

This Chair Rocks – Ashton Applewhite’s blog (and book) – also see Yo, Is This Ageist?


Idealist – world’s best place to find volunteer opportunities, nonprofit jobs, internships and organizations working to change the world

Indeed – to find millions of jobs from thousands of company web sites, job boards and newspapers

LinkedIn – build and engage with your professional network.  Access knowledge, insights and opportunities

NYPL Job Center – job search assistance, one-on-one counseling, resume assistance and career planning resources

E-Newsletters Focused on Purposeful Aging

Human Values in Aging – covers late-life creativity, spirituality, lifelong learning and humanistic gerontology

Institute for the Ages – to connect innovators with the authentic voices of older adults to advance policy, product and service innovations to improves lives of people of all ages

National Center for Creating Aging – fosters understanding of vital relationship between creative expression and healthy aging

Next Avenue – PBS resource designed to reach America’s 50+ population as they pan for and literally define a new life stage 

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  1. This is very useful, I’ve been looking for something like this & figured I’d have to compile it for myself. This really jump-starts the project, thank you.

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