Senior Planet Events

Senior Planet is full of articles with advice on how to live your golden years to the fullest.But all those wise words are only helpful if you get out in the world and act on them! Fortunately, Senior Planet has a section where you can find out about and sign up for senior-themed social events, either at Senior Planet’s headquarters or around the New York City area.

To get to this section, go to in your web browser, and click Calendar in the menu on the left side of the screen.

How to Find / Attend a Senior Planet Event

  1. In the main window of the “Calendar” page, you will see what month you are seeing events for. The default view is a week-by-week view. Click Last Week to see events from the previous week, or click Next Week to see what events are coming up.  You can also click Monthly View to switch to a month-by-month view.

  2. Events are color-coded. Those whose titles appear in blue or green are put on by Senior Planet, while those whose titles appear in grey are general events around New York City.  If you see an event that you might be interested in, click on its title, or click Read More at the end of the preview.

  3. You will now see an overview of the event. The general info includes the title, date, time, location, cost, and whether you need to RSVP or not. Below that is a detailed explanation of the event, which usually includes who you should contact if you wish to join the event.

    Below the detailed description are directions for getting to the event on the New York City subway. And underneath that is a link to the website of the organization hosting the event. Beneath that, you can click Previous Event or Next Event to look at other events.

How to create a Senior Planet event

If you know of an event in New York City that your fellow seniors might enjoy, then you can add it to Senior Planet’s calendar. Who knows… someone else who goes to the event might become a new friend for you!

  1.  Go to in your web browser and click on Calendar in the left-hand menu.

  2. Scroll down the page until you see Submit Your Event in the left-hand menu, and click it.

  3. You can set up the information for the event on this page. Note that only sections marked with an asterisk (*) need to be filled out, but the more information you give, the easier it will be for people to know what the event is and how to find it. There’s quite a bit of information that you can input, so we’ll break it down for you. We’ll start with the essential information.

    Click in the boxes shown in the screenshot above and type in and/or select:

    – the name of the event
    – when the event will be held
    – when the event will conclude
    – the hour, minute, and time of day (in Eastern Standard Time) the event will begin
    – the hour, minute, and time of day (in Eastern Standard Time) the event will end
    – where the event will be held
    – how much it costs to attend the event (you can put multiple prices here for different groups of people)
    – a URL address for a website with more information about the event

  4. Next, we’ll look at the event’s description and whether or not it repeats. Click in the box marked “Description of Event” and type in some general information about the event, like why it’s being put on, what will happen at it, and where to get tickets or RSVP.

    Next, you can set up if you want to hold this event multiple times. Click one of the buttons below the description box to choose when your event will be held again. If you choose one of the bottom three options, you will have to specify, respectively:

    – whether your event will repeat after days or weeks, and how many
    – what date of each month your event will be held on
    – which weekday of a specific week in each month your event will be held on

    You can also click in the box labeled “Repeat Expires” and type in a date that you want the event to stop repeating.

  5. Finally, we’ll look at setting up the event’s contact information, as well as the event itself. Click in each of the boxes under “Event Contact Information” and type in details about the person who should be contacted for more information about the event, including:

    – their name
    – their email address
    – what organization they belong to (optional)
    – their phone number

    Next, below “RSVP Mandatory,” click the button beside “Yes” or “No” to decide if participants need to reserve a spot at the event, or if they can just show up. When you’re all set, click Submit to post your event and let the Senior Planet community know what’s happening!

And those are the basics of finding, joining, and creating events on Senior Planet!

How to Use Senior Planet

To visit Senior Planet, type 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. The blue numbers highlight points of interest; see the numbered captions below the screenshot for explanations of what you’ll find at each spot.

1. Main menu – You can navigate to most of the main sections on Senior Planet from here:

  • Home takes you back to the main page.
  • Features is a list of the top news stories about or concerning older adults that Senior Planet has found.
  • Calendar shows you 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. Our article on Senior Planet events has more information.
  • Tech Tips features articles that help you do something with your computer or other electronic device.
  • Best of Tech contains reviews of technology products recommended by Senior Planet, either because they’re designed with seniors in mind or because they’re really easy and/or advantageous to use for older adults.
  • Guides to Life are articles with advice on general well-being for older adults (money, work, food, relationships, etc.)
  • The Center tells you more about the Senior Planet Exploration Center, which is Senior Planet’s HQ.
  • About explains 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.

2.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!

3. Social media buttons – Click any of these buttons to go to Senior Planet’s page on a specific social media website.

4. Newsletter sign-up – 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!

5. Donate – If you’re feeling generous, click here to go to Senior Planet’s page on New York Charities, where you can make a donation to them. Our lesson on how to support Senior Planet will show you how it works.

There are a few more things on the bottom of the page, too.  Again, the numbered captions will explain what we’ve pointed out with each colored number.

1. ARGH! – If you’re having trouble using Senior Planet’s website, or something on it isn’t working like you think it should be, click the link at the bottom of this box, fill out the form, and click Submit. Senior Planet’s support team will help you work through the problem.

2. Site Policies – Click here to see things about Senior Planet like its legal safeguards and how you’re supposed to act on the website.

3. Feedback – 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.

4. 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.

1. Author – Click the author’s name to see a list of all articles on Senior Planet by that author.

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

3. Keywords – 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.

4. Read More – Click here to read the full article.

5. Categories – 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.

What is Senior Planet?

Senior Planet ( is a website that specializes in news related to the quality of life of older adults. In addition to news about health, entertainment, relationships, money matters, food, and so on, Senior Planet also places a spotlight on how older adults can use technology to enhance various aspects of their lives. Whether it's connecting with others, learning how to do-it-yourself, keeping healthy, or just having some fun, Senior Planet can show you how to use the latest gadgets to make the most of your golden years… kind of like what we do here at Techboomers!

Its headquarters in New York City is called the Senior Planet Exploration Center, where they hold classes for older adults on learning basic skills necessary for using today's computers and mobile devices (smart phones, tablet computers, e-readers, and so on). Senior Planet itself is actually part of a bigger initiative called Older Adults Technology Services (O.A.T.S.), a non-profit company dedicated to helping older adults learn how to use technology to be more active in their social circles and communities.

So what are you waiting for? Get involved! Leave a comment on an article that you like to let others know what you think of it, or leave a message for Senior Planet to let them know how they're doing. Sign up for Senior Planet's newsletter to make sure you know about their latest senior-oriented articles first. Or, if you're in the New York City area, check Senior Planet's calendar to register for senior-friendly events (like theatre performances or movie nights) around town, or enroll yourself in technology tutorial courses at the Senior Planet Exploration Center. There are so many ways to age with attitude!

And of course, check out the rest of the Senior Planet tutorials here on Techboomers. We’ll teach you how to do everything mentioned above and more!