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Recommended Links

Here we have compiled a number of useful resources for seniors, spanning a broad range of topics. We have vetted these links to ensure they are pertinent to our community.

The web links are organized into categories, including technology, health and safety etc. A list of general senior support organizations are provided at the bottom of the page (many of the links were recommended by those organizations).


If you have any suggestions for links to add to this list, please contact the webmaster directly. Please also contact us if a link is no longer working, or if you believe it is not appropriate.



"The Expat’s Guide to Growing Old in Japan" by Wm. (Wilhelmina) Penn


One of our long-term resident ex-pats released her latest book in May 2017 using her pen name as written above. The paperback book is also available in Kindle format and both can be purchased through Amazon (links below).

This is very timely as the Hokkaido Multinational Senior Community has been presenting on many of the important issues covered in the book recently. The book is written in English.



Sapporo International Communication Plaza Foundation - Multilingual Resources



We would like to point out the excellent work being done by our partners at the SICPF. They have put together a comprehensive page containing downloadable files for a number of multilingual resources regarding life in Sapporo; covering topics from childcare to Japanese courses, to a living guide for seniors. Their site also contains links to recent presentations that were jointly held between the HMSC and SICPF.

Technology & Cyber-awareness for Seniors

Online Safety for Seniors: A Comprehensive Guide to Keeping Seniors Safe Online



10 Pieces of Technology Seniors Should Embrace



Assistive Technology Buying Guide for Seniors and their Caregivers

9 Essential Mobile Device Apps for Senior Citizens


(Note: this explains the kinds of apps seniors should have on their mobile devices rather than listing specific apps.)

Finance for Seniors

RetireJapan: A Guide & Blog to Saving & Investment for Retirement in Japan



Health for Seniors

Senior Wellness Guide



Doses and Drug Interaction



Hip Replacement



Caring for Alzheimer's and Dementia Patients - A Guide


(A recommendation from a visitor of our site concerned about her elderly mother in regard to Alzheimer's Disease and dementia. It is an excellent summary of the topic.)


16 Chair Exercises for Seniors & How to Get Started



Older Adults’ Health and Age-Related Changes


Taking Care of YOU: Self-Care for Family Caregivers


Guide to Healthy Eating for Seniors


Substance abuse and Caregiving: When to ask for help



Medication Safety For The Elderly: A Guide For Patients And Caregivers https://www.pfizer.com/files/health/medicine_safety/4-6_Med_Safety_for_Elderly.pdf


The Ultimate Guide To Senior Nutrition https://www.mwhomecare.com/senior-nutrition-and-eating/


The Benefits Of Cooking With Alzheimer’s: A Caregiver’s Guide http://www.culinaryschools.org/blog/cooking-with-alzheimers/


Health: What To Expect In Your 70s And Beyond http://www.aarp.org/health/healthy-living/info-2017/over-70-healthy-living-tips.html

Is My Elderly Parent Incompetent? What you can do? http://betterhealthwhileaging.net/qa-possible-elderly-incompetence-what-you-can-do/

Home Renovation, DIY for Seniors

Other Topics

12 Ways To Help Seniors Avoid Social Isolation http://samvednacare.com/blog/2016/04/27/12-ways-to-help-seniors-avoid-social-isolation/


Caretakers’ Guide To Moving Seniors Into A Facility https://www.closetbox.com/resources/caretakers-guide-to-moving-seniors/


The Checklist for Aging in Place


Moving an Aging or Disabled Parent Into Your Home: 4 Things You Should Know

6 Powerful Ways To Help Seniors Avoid Isolation



Emergency Preparedness Guide for the Elderly and Disabled


Peaceful Passing: How to Make a Loved One's Final Days at Home Comfortable

General Links to Senior Support Organizations

Elder Action


(A relatively new senior support site in the United States.)

Elders in Action


(A well-established senior support group in Sapporo's sister city, Portland.)

Elder Impact


(A relatively new site with some useful information about smartphones and fraud prevention for seniors. Note: the site is still in the set-up phase.)



(A relatively new site with a variety of information about safety for seniors, and regular blog posts on a number of topics.)

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