- Chuck Gray
Senior citizens, their families, and caregivers looking for accurate healthcare information on the Internet will probably tell you it’s a mess. There are a tangle of sites for the various federal, state, and local government healthcare agencies, not to mention sites for hospitals, private care facilities, medical information sites like WebMD, and a quagmire of others floating around out there. Each site has its own navigation scheme and design that will make even the savviest of the web-savvy shake a fist skyward in frustration when trying to figure them out. SeniorNavigator.org seeks to make the information gathering experience for senior citizens easy and anxiety-free. At the Central Rappahannock Regional Library, we want to help you use this tool to find the best information and advice to make your lives easier.
SeniorNavigator.org's simple site design is impressive. Visitors are greeted with a large friendly banner and a series of clearly labeled buttons on the right side linking to information on categories including Aging Well, Caregiving, Community, Health, Housing and Long-Term Care, Legal and Financial, and Transportation. Each category links to a series of well-written articles that link again to additional resources. The design is intuitive, uncrowded, and non-threatening.
Those in need of help beyond simple information will be pleased by the large gold Find Services button on the home page. From there users can browse or search for services by locality and keyword. There is even a guided search form that will assist with finding exactly the right service for particular needs.
The home page of SeniorNavigator.org also gives users the option to directly contact experts, sign up for email lists of quick tips, find local events, provide feedback and more. Quite simply, this is a one-stop shop for senior citizens who need to find out more about the different services and resources available to them for all of life’s needs.
All eight branches of the Central Rappahannock Regional Library are SeniorNavigator Centers. If you need help using the SeniorNavigator web site, general help on how to use a computer and the Internet, or help with finding any other information, we encourage you to call or visit your local branch and set up a free appointment to meet with one of our librarians who will work one-on-one with you. SeniorNavigator and the CRRL want to make sure you get the information you need. Please don’t hesitate to call on us!