Life with an Aging Parent, Part 2 – Online Resources

Whether you are an older person or someone with an older person in your life, here are a few of the many informative, helpful and readily available free Library online resources to consider trying out.  Many provide full-text article access.  I’ve heard my elderly father talk about price shopping, his health and wanting to read more local news so I used those topics.

It’s smart to comparison shop, whether it’s for a microwave or a used car. The Consumer Reports online resource has product reviews, ratings and comparisons to make better buying decisions and save money.  One can look at Product Reviews by category and easily click to review information on hearing aids, vacuum cleaners, car repair estimates, and many other consumables and other products big and small.  The Latest News category has articles like Privacy Fix: Search and Destroy Old Email Accounts (June 4, 2019).  Under the Take Action category there are several up-to-date articles about avoiding hidden fees for cable TV, banks and airlines.

Proquest Family Health is one of the Library’s online resources for magazine and newspaper articles. Typing in keywords in the search box for “fish oil elderly” led to many articles, some in popular and scholarly titles.  One interesting one was called Not By Fish Alone, a two-page article in the May/June 2018 issue of Psychology Today.

For some older people who move to a different part or region of the United States, they want to keep reading a newspaper they’re familiar with or want to start reading or listening to the news in their new location.  Check out the Library’s Magazines & Newspapers page which currently has twenty online resources; here are details about two of them.

National Newspapers has full-text access to five major national newspapers back to the mid-1980s.  As summer has begun, searching the solstice and clicking on The New York Times found a June 22 article called In an Unseasonably Soggy June, Summer Officially, Gloomily Begins.  The other newspapers covered include Chicago Tribune, The Los Angeles Times, The Wall Street Journal, and The Washington Post.

Living in New England, my father had heard a lot about the Big Dig, construction work carried out between 1991 and 2006 which rerouted the interstate through the middle of Boston.  Now in the Seattle area, he gets to hear the latest, and the last, about the Alaskan Way Viaduct.   Searching “viaduct” for the last 30 days in Seattle Times (1895-current) finds about 24 articles.  One is a rave in the popular Rant & Rave column about no more background roar of viaduct traffic and a few are about drivers not paying tolls to use the Highway 99 tunnel until sometime this fall.

These four Library online resources are just the “tip of the iceberg” to find authoritative and popular articles and information to help with questions of interest or for a specific urgent need.  The Seattle Public Library subscribes to a wide range of tools that provide information completely free and easily accessible from our Online Resources page!  Stop by any Seattle Public Library location to use an Internet computer, or log into these resources from outside of the Library with your Library card number and PIN.

In case you missed it, discover last October’s Life with an Aging Parent: Part 1 – Books.

I’m already working on Part 3 – Internet Resources. Stay tuned!

~ posted by Marion S.

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