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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


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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 where we have provided links for our members online:

  • 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 programme 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 6:30pm 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 7pm 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 film 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 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

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