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Harvard University Health Online Learning: (

A series of indispensable, brilliant, interactive online courses to help you with some of the most important health issues that affect older people. The courses are run by Harvard professors and/or the Harvard medical team and you can interact with them during the course. The courses cost $29 each, but they are worth it! You can pay for them online using your credit card and start the course right away.

Cognitive Fitness Course

This online course will help optimize brain health and cognitive function.  Harvard experts bring you all the information you need for understanding how you can stay mentally sharp as you age by following their practical 6-step plan for cognitive fitness. Instructor: Alvaro Pascual-Leone, MD, PhD, Professor of Neurology and Associate Dean for Clinical Translational Research at Harvard Medical School.

6-Week Plan For Healthy Eating

An interactive and informative online course from Harvard Medical School with a simple, easy-to-follow plan that will help older people get healthier in just 6 weeks through engaging, interactive slides, downloadable charts and quizzes. Involves such things as learning which meal can help to reduce the risk of high cholesterol and help improve memory. Instructor: Kathy McManus is Director of the Department of Nutrition and Director of the Dietetic Internship at the Brigham and Women’s Hospital, a teaching affiliate of Harvard Medical School.

Managing your Cholesterol

Harvard doctors take the mystery out of managing cholesterol. Participants will learn the best ways to successfully lower bad cholesterol, decrease elevated triglycerides, and achieve the strengthened and enduring heart health desired. An empowering online course that will add to the understanding of cholesterol’s impact on vascular health and introduce participants to the strategies and tools that can be used to control cholesterol with safety, confidence, and success. Instructor: Jorge Plutzky MD, Associate Professor at Harvard Medical School.

Knees and Hips

In this online course, Harvard doctors share the most effective strategies to treat—and defeat—23 common hip and knee problems, plus what participants should know about today’s advances in hip and knee replacement. This is online learning at its best. Packed with instructive videos, engaging slide shows, helpful charts, and challenging quizzes, participants will find the smartest steps to resolve pain. Instructor: Dr. Scott D. Martin is an Associate Professor of Orthopedic Surgery at Harvard Medical School and is Board Certified in Orthopedic Surgery. Dr. Martin has been named one of the top 100 doctors by Boston Magazine numerous times and has received the prestigious Golden Apple Teaching Award. He was also awarded the Distinguished Clinician Award by Harvard Medical School.

Improving Your Sleep

This course explains why a good night’s sleep is important to the health and well-being, and shows participants how to achieve it. Instructor: Lawrence Epstein, M.D., .is an Instructor in Medicine at Harvard Medical School and is the Assistant Medical Director of the Sleep Disorders Service and Program Director for the sleep medicine fellowship program at Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston. Dr. Epstein is a Past President of the American Academy of Sleep Medicine (AASM) and currently serves as the organization's Director of Clinical Affairs.

The Sensitive Gut

The Harvard Medical team help participants get relief from the pain and discomfort of dozens of digestive problems. Participants get valuable advice from top Harvard experts on the best ways to prevent and relieve GERD and acid reflux, dyspepsia and ulcers, IBS, constipation, diarrhea, gas and bloating, and more. Participants will learn about the brain-gut connection and how stress can cause abdominal problems. Each section reviews the various diagnostic tests and treatment options from prescriptions and over-the-counter medications to surgical procedures to self-care options. Instructor: Dr. Lawrence S. Friedman, an Elsevier Author, is a Professor of Medicine at Harvard Medical School and Tufts University School of Medicine.

Positive Psychology

The health experts at Harvard Medical School offer the exclusive Positive Psychology Course that reveals the easy-to-apply tools to help participants enjoy enduring happiness — not just fleeting emotional highs, but a deeper long-term satisfaction and contentment in life. This powerful online course reveals a variety of research-proven techniques and exactly how to put them into practice. Instructor: Dr. Ronald D. Siegel is an Assistant Professor of Psychology at Harvard Medical School, where he has taught for more than 35 years. He is a long-time student of mindfulness meditation and serves on the Board of Directors and faculty of the Institute for Meditation and Psychotherapy. He teaches internationally about the application of mindfulness practice in psychotherapy and other fields and maintains a private clinical practice in Lincoln, Mass. You can also join our free Mindfulness Course to reinforce your learning.

Controlling Your Blood Pressure

Participants learn how to halt hypertension, boost cardiovascular fitness, and enjoy better and enduring good health. Instructor: Randall M. Zusman, MD is the Director of the Division of Hypertension at the Massachusetts General Hospital, and Consultant in Cardiology at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, in Boston, Massachusetts. He is also an Associate Professor of Medicine at Harvard Medical School.

Improving Your Memory

This online course helps demystify the way the brain works and gives participants strategies to boost memory. In Instructor: Dr. Daffner is a graduate of Harvard College and of Harvard Medical School, where he is an associate professor of neurology. He has published extensively on the neurological underpinnings of executive functions, on factors that may contribute to successful cognitive aging, and on the early diagnosis of AD.

Back Pain: Finding solutions for your aching back

This impactful course shares the steps and strategies men and women are using to successfully and permanently overcome and eliminate back pain. Instructor: Jeffrey N. Katz, MD, MS graduated from Princeton University in 1980, attended Yale Medical School, and completed a medical internship and residency at Yale-New Haven Hospital and a Rheumatology fellowship at Brigham and Women’s Hospital. He received a Master’s Degree in 1990 at Harvard School of Public Health. Dr. Katz is currently an Associate Professor of Medicine and Orthopaedic Surgery at Harvard Medical School and Associate Professor of Epidemiology and Environmental Health at Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health.


Harvard University Free Online Courses


Harvard University offers many interesting and fun free online courses. Click on the above link for an overview.


Open University Free Online Courses


The Open University offers many exciting free online courses. Click on the link above to explore!


FutureLearn Free Online Courses


Great free online courses offered by some of the world’s top universities - from languages, history, and health to travel and tours.


Worldwide Museums – Virtual Tours and Online Events:

The Natural History Museum:


British Museum Virtual Tour:


Rijksmuseum Amsterdam:


Musée D’Orsay, Paris:


Uffizi Galleries, Florence:


Picasso Museum, Barcelona:


National Gallery of Art, Washington DC:


Thyssen-Bornemissa Museum, Madrid:,3.5,80,0,0);


Art Masterpieces of the Louvre Virtual Tour:


Virtual Tours of London Museums:


Virtual Tours of New York City Museums:


Virtual Tours of Museums and Galleries in Spain

Other events and courses with links:

  • Allergy and Free-From Show: Live Free Chat Online every Friday at 3:30 pm with host Ben Corbett with expert guests each week

  • Managing COVID-19 Future-Learn free online course -

  • Coronavirus Free Resource Centre - Harvard Health -

  • Signposting Age UK COVID-19 Terminology:  The terms Social Distancing, Self-Isolating, & Shielding have caused confusion for many. The Age UK Health Influencing team have put together a briefing which may help staff and volunteers feel clearer about the guidance for different groups of people, and how to direct someone to the most appropriate guidance. This may also prove useful for new volunteers looking for clarification on these terms.  Social Distancing Terminology Toolkit Download

  • Imperial College Event to Help members’ Wellbeing: COVID-19 has impacted everyone’s lives and, as such, it is more important than ever that we consider the ways we can protect our mental health and physical wellbeing. This event from the Department of Surgery and Cancer, will provide tips and advice for remaining mentally and physically healthy, signpost the resources and support available to you, and help build a strong and supportive community within the Department and Faculty.

  • Speakers:  Chair:  Christopher Peters (Department of Surgery and Cancer, Chair Culture and Engagement Committee); Leisha Wegg (Active Lifestyles Manager) and Gary McDermont (Active Lifestyles Supervisor); Claire Fox (College Counselling & Mental Health Advisory Service)

  • Diet and your immune system Webinar Heart UK (signposting)

  • Featuring: Lynne Garton, Dietetic Adviser at HEART UK; Cath Collins, ICU Dietitian.  Join us to discuss if you can, or if you even should, 'boost' your immune system through diet.

  • Royal Albert Home - stream free sessions from artists' homes to yours. Artists include Jack Garratt, Richard Thompson, Jesca Hoop. Artists performing from their homes for you.

  • Improve your Mobility and Heart Health with these fabulous Keep Fit Videos. Follow these excellent videos to keep yourself fit and healthy while you are stuck at home!   (there are two of them, but they are part of a series produced by HASfit).

  • COVID-19 Kensington and Chelsea Council Updates emailed around to members and included in newsletters which are sent out

  • Tea and Tech session in partnership with Barclays Bank on 30th April using WebEx

  • Free 20-minute Legal consultations with the Legal Practice every Saturday morning

  • Mountbatten Festival of Music, featuring the Massed Bands of Her Majesty’s Royal Marines at the Royal Albert Hall. Now, you can join us from the comfort of your living room for a virtual concert broadcast of this year’s event, recorded here on 7 March. Sit alongside Prince Harry and Meghan in our iconic auditorium to watch one of the best military bands in the world. The exciting program of music includes Sir Tom Jones, Gloria Estefan, Two Steps From Hell, and music from the critically acclaimed film Gladiator. This virtual concert will be available to watch for free on this page at 6:30 pm BST on Saturday 18 April. Don’t forget to set a reminder by clicking on the video below!

  • Musicals legend Andrew Lloyd Webber has been streaming his world-famous productions on YouTube every week as theatres sadly had to bring the curtain down. This Friday 17 April will see the composer’s immortal The Phantom of the Opera 25th-anniversary special, filmed here at Hall in 2011, be shared for 24 hours only on YouTube. Featuring Ramin Karimloo as the Phantom and Sierra Boggess as Christine, this exceptional full show will be available to watch on this page from 7 pm BST on Friday 17 April.

  • Take Action to Protect your Vision! Click on the link below for your personal action plan to deal with Age-Related Macular Degeneration:

  • How to connect your laptop to your TV to watch films: You can connect your laptop to your tv and watch movies with a VGA Cable or an HMI Cable. Most modern televisions have HDMI outlets

  • Online Course – Learn to write music for films by Hans Zimmer – MasterClass Session.  Hans Zimmer (1957-present) is a German film score composer and music producer, who has composed music for over 100 films, including Hollywood blockbusters such as the Pirates of the Caribbean series, Gladiator, The Lion King, The Da Vinci Code, Angels & Demons and Sherlock Holmes.

  • RBKC Libraries: Online journals and audiobooks with RBdigital

  • National Geographic Society number of free information videos and free online events

  • Free recipe e-book from the American Heart Association – Cooking in Colour. Printed out some copies for members

  • Royal Albert Hall online Event: Ask Liz and Phil Liz, our Archivist, and Phil from tours are on hand to answer your questions and share stories from almost 150 years of Royal Albert Hall history.  If there's something you've always wanted to know about the Hall, now is the time to ask. First up, they're talking about ghosts

  • Signposted to International Foundation for Functional Gastrointestinal Disorders - IFFGD website. IFFGD is your resource for reliable digestive health knowledge, support, and assistance about functional gastrointestinal (GI) and motility disorders (FGIMDs). Discover the information you need on digestive disorders in adults and put your questions to them.

  • Royal Academy: Royal Academy Video: Painting the Modern Garden - Monet to Matisse: click on the link below to watch this beautiful and informative video guided by expert curators, artists and garden enthusiasts

  • Gut Microbe Balance Testing – Viom: Your gut harbours healthy and unhealthy microbes. If the balance is off your health could be affected: diabetes, obesity, anxiety, depression, bloating. Reported in Forbes Magazine, Marie Claire, Los Angeles Times, CNBC and more


  • Royal Geographical Society – Online presentation on tigers. 

  • Lucy Worsley (curator of Kensington Palace) live on Crowdcast. Ever wanted to know the stories behind some of the most famous photographs of the British royal family?  In anticipation of next year's opening of the exhibition Life Through a Royal Lens at Kensington Palace, Historic Royal Palaces hosted an intimate curator talk.  Historic Royal Palaces' Joint Chief Curator Lucy Worsley interviewed Claudia Acott-Williams, author of The Crown in Focus and curator of the 2021 exhibition, Life Through a Royal Lens, and delved deeper into the world of royal image-making across the centuries. In this intimate 1 hour talk online, Lucy and Claudia explored the iconic public and personal images of the most photographed family in the world, and the relationship between monarchy and media, from Queen Victoria to the present day.  The conversation was followed by an opportunity to ask questions on anything from Lucy's television costumes, to Claudia's favourite images, or insights from her extensive research to prepare for the exhibition

  • Just Vegan Show – Olympia London. Online webinar quiz and discussion

  • The Museum of Ancient Egyptology – Classroom Resources Online

  • Virtual Tour of the Crystal Palace by the Royal Parks – Recreation of the Crystal Palace for this fascinating  virtual tour

  • Digital Tour of the Chelsea Physic Gardens

  • Opera Holland Park – production of Un Ballo in Maschera – Live performance on UTube video June 2nd 2020 at 7:30 pm [14 watched]

  • Rare antiquarian book fair online 2 pm 5th June

  • Diabetes and the body video

  • How to prevent diabetes 

  • Healthy Foods to Stock up on:  Video: Dr. Neal Barnard, MD, reviews some healthy foods that are great to stock up on during the COVID-19 pandemic. He also covers some of his own personal cooking tips and secrets. Eating plant-based meals—rich in fruits, vegetables, whole grains, and legumes—is a powerful way to boost your immune system and overall health. If you’ve recently stocked up on plant-based pantry staples and freezer favourites and are looking for recipes that incorporate these foods, we have you covered!

  • DR BERNARD: BOOSTING YOUR IMMUNE SYSTEM: As coronavirus (COVID-19) has impacted communities around the world, many people have wondered whether there are steps they can take to stay healthy. Everyday preventive measures—such as handwashing, avoiding contact with sick individuals, and good hygiene—can go a long way in reducing your risk for viruses, bacteria, and other pathogens. In addition, there is evidence that nutrition and other lifestyle measures can support immune function. Dr. Neal Barnard recaps a few things we can all do to keep our immune system at its best. 

  • DR BERNARD: VEGAN DIET OR MEDITERRANEAN? What's healthier: a vegan diet or the Mediterranean Diet? Neal Barnard, M.D., clears up the confusion in a presentation from the International Conference on Nutrition in Medicine on Aug. 10, 2018, in Washington, D.C. Learn more about a plant-based diet at  

  • Dr. Barnard has led numerous research studies investigating the effects of diet on diabetes, body weight, and chronic pain, including a groundbreaking study of dietary interventions in type 2 diabetes, funded by the National Institutes of Health. Dr. Barnard has authored over 70 scientific publications as well as 17 books. As president of the Physicians Committee, Dr. Barnard leads programs advocating for preventive medicine, good nutrition, and higher ethical standards in research. He has hosted three PBS television programs on nutrition and health and is frequently called on by news programs to discuss issues related to nutrition and research. Originally from Fargo, North Dakota, Dr. Barnard received his M.D. degree at the George Washington University School of Medicine and completed his residency at the same institution. He practiced at St. Vincent’s Hospital in New York before returning to Washington to found the Physicians Committee.

  • Kew on a Plate: 4 videos of Kew Gardens’ kitchen gardens developed with the help and advice of celebrity chef Raymond Blanc. Videos cover Spring, Summer, Autumn, and Winter in the kitchen gardens with recipes by Raymond Blanc.  

  • Waitrose- Wine Tasting @ Home Event 

  • Field of Cloth and Gold. Curator Lucy Worsley webinar presentation on June 7th. Live on Crowdcast 

  • Royal Albert Hall: Sir Cliff Richard was due to perform at the Royal Albert Hall this October to celebrate his 80th birthday, but the event has been rescheduled for October 2021. However, he has given a lockdown performance at his home in the Caribbean for the Royal Albert Hall At Home Performance Streaming:  Cliff is indisputably one of Britain’s all-time greatest hit-makers with over 60 years in the music industry, selling a staggering 250 million albums worldwide, achieving 14 No. 1 singles and 7 chart-topping albums.  He first performed at the Hall back in 1959 and has played here on over 100 occasions since, including representing the UK at Eurovision in 1968 and dozens of headline shows, most recently in 2018. 

  • Great British Food Revival Videos Part One and Part Two – Raymond Blanc on Plums – recipes and tour of plum production in UK 

  • Secrets of the Royal Kitchen:  Former Royal Chef Graham Newbould who was once a chef on the Royal Yacht Britannia for the Queen reveals what goes on in the kitchens of the famous House of Windsor. From TV suppers at Buckingham Palace to poached salmon caught and cooked at the Royal Family’s Scotland retreat at Balmoral, Graham shows the viewers how to cook food fit for a Queen. He goes back on board the Royal Yacht Britannia where he makes good use of the Royal ice cream machine, and even recreates the wedding breakfast he helped serve up for the Prince of Wales and Princess Diana. He also gives a fascinating insight into the day-to-day food in a Palace – from eight sided cucumber sandwiches to a special dish of liver and rice, a firm favourite with the ever-present Royal corgis.  

  • A French dinner for the Queen - in the kitchens of the Elysee Palace.  On the occasion of D-Day commemoration ceremonies, the Queen of England is paying an official state visit in France and will be attending a banquet as the guest of honor at the official residence of the President of the Republic of France, the Elysée Palace. This documentary film will describe the event from the kitchens of power, the true vitrine of French gastronomy which has been on Unesco's Representative List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity since 2010. We will follow the work of the teams of the famous chef Guillaume Gomez, from the conception of the menus to the selection of products with the best French producers as well as the installation of the reception hall. A true challenge for a prestigious guest. 

  • Open University Free Course:  This free course, Exploring health: is your lifestyle really to blame? explores the extent to which a person's 'lifestyle' impacts on their health and wellbeing. It also examines how non-lifestyle related factors – in particular social, economic, cultural and political dimensions – influence a person's health.

  • Free Course from Keio University, Tokyo, Japan. Aging Populations: Lessons In Healthy Aging From Japan.  Explore Japan's aging population problems and discover their policies and solutions for long and enjoyable life. 

  • Free Course from L’Universita Degli Studi Di Torino: Food for Thought: The Relationship Between Food, Gut, and Brain. The gut and brain are very closely linked. Explore how neurology, the microbiome, and more interact to affect your health.

  • New Forest Online Theatre Course – Writing for the Theatre.  Teaches you how to write plays for theatre performances [17 registered]

  • Raymond Blanc Introduces Kitchen Secrets: 

  • Diana: Her Fashion Story Webinar: July 9th, 7 pm. Live on Crowdcast. A wardrobe fit for a princess – historic Royal Palaces joint chief curator Lucy Worsley is joined by Elen Lynn curator of Diana Her Fashion Story at Kensington Palace in 2018 discusses some of her most iconic outfits. 

  • Barclays Bank Partnership:  Online Digital Eagles. Help with all things digital and security online: protect yourself from scams and fraud 

  • Cordon Bleu Cookery videos:,,, 

  • 6 Simple Ways to Keep Your Brain Healthy Webinar: 

  • Imperial College Plant-Life Drawing Workshop Free Course. Put pen to paper and recreate the intricacies of your favourite plants in the Imperial College plant drawing workshop. Led by a professional artist and plant science researcher, they will be calming our minds and letting creativity flow through the practice of drawing.  Suitable for all levels, from absolute beginners to lockdown artistes!  This workshop will be led by artist Melissa Frateantonio and Imperial plant scientist Dr. Catherine Mansfield and has been developed in collaboration with M.Y.O (Make Your Own) London’s favourite creative space for adults.

All you will need to take part is:

Something to draw FROM (this could be a photo you have found online of your favourite plant, a branch, leaf, or weed that you’ve picked from your local park, or a trusty houseplant)

Something to draw ON (paper, a notebook, cardboard, etc.)

Something to draw WITH (pencils, biros, felt tips, highlighters, paints, etc.) 

Imperial College Quiz: Pub-Less Quiz

  • The Gut Health Initiative Webinar - Learn how to improve the health of your digestive system, addressing the root cause of digestive issues like IBS, bloating, gut pain, and putrid gas. Understanding this is imperative to prevention, as problems in the gut can lead to more severe health issues like inflammatory bowel disease, arthritis, eczema, psoriasis, depression, anxiety, and chronic fatigue.  

  • Secrets of the Royal Kitchen: Former Royal Chef Graham Newbould who was once a chef on the Royal Yacht Britannia for the Queen reveals what goes on in the kitchens of the famous House of Windsor.  From TV suppers at Buckingham Palace to poached salmon caught and cooked at the Royal Family’s Scotland retreat at Balmoral, Graham shows the viewers how to cook food fit for a Queen.  He goes back on board the Royal Yacht Britannia where he makes good use of the Royal ice cream machine, and even recreates the wedding breakfast he helped serve up for the Prince of Wales and Princess Diana.  He also gives a fascinating insight into the day-to-day food in a Palace – from eight sided cucumber sandwiches to a special dish of liver and rice, a firm favourite with the ever-present Royal corgis. 

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