Learn How to Use Senior Planet

Last updated: May 1, 2016 - 1:01pm EDT

To visit Senior Planet, type www.seniorplanet.org into your web browser's address bar and press the "Enter" key on your keyboard.

Senior Planet's Main Page

Below is a screenshot of what the top of Senior Planet's main page looks like. Click on the yellow circle buttons (​) in the screenshot below to see what each of the features do.



Click here to get back to the homepage of the website from almost anywhere else on it.



Click here to go to a list of the top news stories about or concerning older adults that Senior Planet has found.



Click here to go to a list of events designed for older adults, either put on by Senior Planet itself or located around the New York City area. Some events are added by Senior Planet itself, while others are added by its users.


Tech Tips

Need a hand working your computer or other gadget? Click here to see a list of articles that might tell you just what you need to know!


Best of Tech

Click here to see a list of articles about technology that Senior Planet recommends, either because it's designed with seniors in mind, or it's really easy and/or advantageous to use for older adults.


Guides to Life

Click here to see a list of articles on general well-being for older adults, including advice on health, money, work, food, relationships, and more.


The Center

Click here to see more information about Senior Planet's headquarters, the Senior Planet Exploration Center, and what goes on there.



Click here to see information about what Senior Planet is, who's involved with it, what the news has to say about it, and how to contact Senior Planet or get involved with it yourself.


Featured Articles

A set of featured articles will cycle in the window at the top. Click the numbers (1, 2, 3, 4) in this window to go to a specific featured article. Click Read More to go to that article's page.

Featured articles will appear below the top window, too. Again, click Read More to go to an article's page, if it strikes your fancy.


Search Site

Click in this box and type in a word or phrase that you want to look for on any of the pages of Senior Planet. Then click the search button ()  and see what you find!


Social Media Buttons

Click any of these buttons to go to Senior Planet's page on a specific social media website.


Newsletter Signup

Click in the box marked "Email Address", type in your email address, and then click the send button () to get emails from Senior Planet about upcoming events or neat new articles that older adults will enjoy!


Social Media Buttons

Feeling generous? Click here to go to Senior Planet's page on New York Charities, where you can make a donation to them.

There are a few more things on the bottom of the page, too.  Again, click the yellow circle buttons () in the screenshot below to learn about them.



If you're having trouble using Senior Planet's website, or something on it isn't working like you think it should be, click this link, fill out the form, and click Submit. Senior Planet's support team will help you work through the problem.


Site Policies

Click here to see things about Senior Planet like its legal safeguards and how you're supposed to act on the website.



Click here and fill out a form to tell Senior Planet what they could do to improve, or just leave a few kind words of praise. Then click Submit.


Contact Us

Click here to see the different ways to get in touch with Senior Planet or its parent organization, Older Adults Technology Services (O.A.T.S.). This includes where Senior Planet's headquarters is and how to get to it using New York City's public transportation.

Senior Planet Article List

If you click on Features, Tech Tips, Best of Tech, or Guides for Life, you'll see a screen that looks like this.

Click the yellow circle buttons () in the screenshot below to learn more about what each of these things does.



Click the author's name to see a list of all articles on Senior Planet by that author.



Click here to jump immediately to what fellow Senior Planet users have to say about a specific article.



These are words or short phrases that describe what the article is about. Click one to see a list of all articles that have been assigned that keyword.


Read More

Click Read More to read the full article.



Click one of these headings to see a list of articles from that category. If you click Health/Aging, you will also see a list of sub-categories that you can click to see articles related to them.

One more thing: you can also click Older Posts or Newer Posts to look at previous or more recent posts in the category you're in, respectively.

Senior Planet Article Page

When you start reading an article, the page will look like this. If you like what you read, click Print This to print it out and save it for later. Be sure to have your printer connected and turned on first!

There's some other cool stuff that you can do at the bottom of the page, too. For instance, you can click on one of the pictures under "You Might Like" to read an article related to this one, or that you might be interested in based on which articles you look at.

You can also click Previous Article or Next Article to look at the previous or next most recent posts in the category you're in, respectively.

Finally, if you've got something to say about an article you read, you can leave a comment.  Here's how:

  1. Click inside the box near the bottom of the screen that says "Name / Screen Name" and type in your name or common nickname on the Internet.

  2. Click in the box marked "Email" and type in your email address.

  3. Click in the box marked "Comment" and type in what you have to say about the article.

  4. You'll notice there is a check box here marked "Send Me an Email when Someone Comments on This Article". You can leave it checked if you want to see if anyone has anything new to say about this article, or you can click it to turn this option off.

  5. When you're done, click Post Comment.

You can also scroll past this window to see what other people have said about the article you're reading.


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