Google returns 1,330,000 results when you type in “blogs about seniors” and 3,890,000 for “websites about seniors.” Of course, not all of these results are legitimate, useful, or applicable destinations for those seeking issues of interest about seniors, but even if half of them are, can we say information overload?
So here’s an updated version of our first Top 100 Senior and Boomer Blogs and Websites, to help you stay up-to-date on the latest advances in boomer blogs and senior sites spanning a colossal range of topics. Peruse and use this new list as your hitchhiker’s guide to the most interesting, engaging, helpful, and heartwarming offerings in the virtual galaxy today.
New Categories (updated April 2012):
- Just for Boomers — This site promises “boomer news for all your boomer needs.” Head to the SharpSeniors blog to learn more.
- All About Alzheimer’s — Founded by Carlos Barrios, who lost his grandfather to the disease, EndearforAlz.com helps charities raise donations, connects people, and offers valuable information about Alzheimer’s to those who need it. Also check out AlzheimersPrevention.org to learn more about clinical research and prevention education.
- Grandparents’ Corner – BoomerGrandparents.com is a fun site for boomers who love their grandchildren and are learning to connect with them in a totally new, fully digital way.
Updates to Current Categories (updated April 2012):
- Travel – Check out BabyBoomersTraveling.com and MyItchyTravelFeet.com for boomer- and senior-related travel info, including resources for people aspiring to retire abroad.
- Sandwich Generation — Read all about “the second half of the motherhood journey” at Teresa Bell Kindred’s blog, Nanahood.com, or follow the adventures of Kanesha Baynard’s multigenerational life in ItsAFullNest.com.
- Caregiving – ElderDepot.com is more than a blog for caregivers, it’s also your one-stop-shop for caregiving supplies. Shop for incontinence, mobility, vision/hearing and other related products at the site.
- All Things Aging — Learn about the spiritual aspects of aging at this enlightening site, FierceWithAge.com, or visit Impowerage.com for all things health, fitness and retirement.
- Rocking the Boat – Feeling feisty and full of life in your boomer and senior years is a thing of beauty, and it’s an approach that’s celebrated at the following sites: GrowingBolder.com, SnappySeniors.com, and SavoringYourSixties.com.
- Tickling Your Funnybone – Find the humor in life as a boomer at Pat Skene’s blog, Boomerrantz.com.
- Senior Care & Services – Review blog posts and podcasts offering insights on caring for a senior relative or friend at SeniorCareCorner.com, or head to YourSeniorCareNetwork.com for access to financial/legal planning resources and other senior caregiving tools.
- Money & Finance – There are thousands of discounts just for seniors. Head to Sciddy.com to take advantage of them today.
What follows is a list of the sites chosen for 2011 list:
Born to roam? These sites offer tempting travel options for the mature trekker…
1. The Roaming Boomers – David & Carol Porter’s attractive “online travel magazine” includes a blog, information on national parks, product reviews and much more.
2. Gypsy Nester – I love David & Veronica’s quirky and hilarious take on life after children. These self-proclaimed GypsyNesters are “rocking the empty nest” and loving every minute of it.
3. Road Scholar – Formerly called Elderhostel, the Road Scholar site presents “adventures in lifelong learning” to those thirsty for travel in the golden years.
4. Evergreen Club – This unique club is for anyone 50 and up who wants to make new friends and visit new places without breaking the bank: members stay in private homes for $25 a day or less (breakfast & tourist info included).
5. Grandparents and Travel – Want to take the grandkids along? Check out Grandparents.com’s Travel section for ideas, tips, and deals.
Wisdom and wit for those who find themselves balancing caregiving responsibilities for the old and young…
6. SandwichINK – Kaye Swain’s site features fun ideas for grandparent/grandchild activities and encouragement for those struggling with the issues that face those caring for aging parents.
7. Wriggling in the Middle – Wriggling in the Middle is a radio show tailored to the needs and concerns of this special group. Go to the site to listen and learn.
8. Generation Sandwich – With a tagline like “Sometimes I feel like a piece of bologna,” the writer of this blog clearly knows what it means to be a member of the SG.
9. Third Age – Women are the target audience at Third Age, a site rich with information for females who find themselves in this tricky time of life.
10. Second Act – Info on just about anything affecting those over 40 – a broad category indeed, but the focus seems to be those boomers who are not quite ready for AARP.
11. Family Relationships – Learn to nourish your family relationships without starving yourself, says psychologist Rosemary Lichtman, PhD, and marriage/family therapist Phyllis Goldberg, PhD, at this blog for baby boomer women.
12. Mothering Mother and More – Read about the heartbreak and humor of the role reversal that caring for an aging parent can provoke at author Carol O’Dell’s blog.
Caring for the needs of another is often a 24/7 undertaking. Get support & advice from these experts in the field…
13. Caregiving – Denise Brown’s extensive site, which also offers access to online support groups, is the perfect landing spot for caregivers of all ages.
14. Carebuzz – Valuable resources and information on Carol Marak’s site is divided into two helpful sections: care for yourself and care for your senior.
15. The Intentional Caregiver – Want “education, encouragement, and empowerment”? Stop by Shelley Webb’s blog.
16. Lotsa Helping Hands – Help the caregivers in your circle work smarter, not harder, with this free online tool that allows your team to better coordinate caregiving shifts, delegate tasks, and share the burden.
17. Strength for Caring – Sponsored by Johnson & Johnson, this one-stop-shop includes articles on important topics like faith-based caregiving & culturally sensitive care.
18. CaringBridge – An invaluable resource for families experiencing a major health challenge with a loved one (i.e. hospitalization), Caring Bridge allows you to create a website (at no charge) to keep everyone in the loop with updates on health status, test results, visiting hours, and other related news.
19. The Family Caregiver Alliance – The Family Caregiver Alliance web headquarters is chock full of policy, press and other publications for caregivers, including a care navigator and technical assistance center.
All Things Aging
Refer to these superior sites if you’re interested in anything having to do with seniors, anything at all…
20. New Old Age Blog – This is one of my personal favorites: the range and relevance of article topics is impressive, the coverage is fantastic, and the writing is splendid. A great addition to a highly-esteemed news outlet.
21. AARP – A trusted senior hotspot for years, AARP still provides top-notch content, products & resources to its audience of 50+ers.
22. Aging with Grace – Pertinent blog posts, radio show archives, information on veteran-specific services, and much more can be found at Aging with Grace – “your solution to elder care stress.”
23. RetireLife – What I love about this site is its back story: it was founded by Megan Shea, who created the wildly successful resource listing after walking through the eldercare planning process with her grandparents.
24. Love to Know: Seniors – Offering perhaps more than you ever wanted to know about seniors, this site even includes a link to information on Senior Nudists… to each his own!
Rocking the Boat
Consult these senior-focused culture change connoisseurs for thought-provoking discussions and inspiring initiatives…
25. Changing Aging – Dr. Bill Thomas is probably best known for his groundbreaking Eden Alternative approach to long-term care, but he’s busy with much more than that. See what he’s up to at the Changing Aging site.
26. The Pioneer Network – Dedicated to advocacy for patient-centered care, the impressive group of LTC professionals and advocates at the Pioneer Network is challenging the status quo in a smart and strategic way.
27. The Elders – The folks on this esteemed team include the likes of Nelson Mandela, Jimmy Carter, and Desmond Tutu. Mandela sums up their mission in these beautiful words: “…support courage where there is fear… foster agreement where there is conflict… inspire hope where there is despair.”
28. Young at Heart Chorus – Let the good times roll with this senior choir who rocks the boat with every passionate performance.
Tickling Your Funnybone
We all know laughter is the best medicine, so take this prescription for a healthy dose daily…
29. Suddenly Senior – It’s not all fun and games at this top-ranked site; there is senior advocacy information and nostalgia among its 4,450 pages. But most of it is just good fun!
30. Pruneville – Described as a place “where laughter doesn’t require teeth,” Pruneville visitors are sure to leave the site with a smile on their face, teeth or not.
31. Swap Meet Dave: Humor for Seniors – Be prepared to laugh until you cry at this web stop full of cartoons, comic strips, jokes, silly stories, and more from the site creator, David Ahl, who happens to be a (self-proclaimed) curmudgeon.
For the Ladies
These female-friendly webstops will empower any woman looking for a little affirmation and information on the issues they care about most…
32. JaneNation – Join a sisterhood, read a review, respond to a discussion thread, or find a recipe; whatever you choose, JaneNation’s site is a top-rated site for women of all ages.
33. Beauty of Wisdom – LA-based photojournalist Robbie Kaye is on a mission: travel to beauty salons across the country, take photographs of stunning women in their 70s, 80s and 90s engaged in their most trusted beauty ritual, and thereby encourage people of all ages to cherish the beauty of wisdom.
34. Advanced Style – I want Ari Seth Cohen’s job. The blog author meanders through the streets of NYC seeking confident, creative and stylish senior women, then interviews them and shares their fashion and wellness advice with the world.
For the Men
Scope the following sites for topics of interest to boomer/senior men…
35. See Jack Shop – I love the name of this website, which offers grooming and shopping advice for men, as well as product reviews.
36. Men Over 50 – Family, food, health, and home are a few of the subject headings to browse on this chap-friendly site.
37. Mr. Eldercare – Although it’s not specifically tailored to men only, I would guess that guys seeking elder care advice would consult Mr. Eldercare over Mrs. Eldercare any day.
Maybe you need to bring home the bacon, maybe you just want to stay busy. Either way, explore the possibilities on these pages…
38. Retired Brains – Founded by senior Art Koff, visitors can post a job, find a job, get resume writing advice, and so much more on this practical, easy-to-navigate site.
39. Your Life Calling – Well-known TV journalist Jane Pauley reports on the way boomers and seniors are reinventing themselves in the workplace and at home.
40. SeniorJob Bank – Mature job seekers and employers seeking such seasoned employees are welcome at this web stop, which also has a sister site…
41. Workforce50 – Tailored to the 78 million baby boomers, this virtual destination is a fantastic resource for 50-somethings looking for gainful employment.
42. Retirement Jobs – Here’s what I love most about this source for job seekers: a clean, simple, straightforward site design. Looking for a job can be stressful enough without tons of banner ads, tabs and links to sift through.
43. Senior Corps.gov – Who says you have to work for money? Discover terrific opportunities to give back at this site.
Health & Wellness
Taking care of your health takes on new meaning as your body ages. Keep these resources handy for optimal wellness through the golden years…
44. My Optum Health – Diet, disease, drug, and diagnosis information – you’ll find all this and more at My OptumHealth.
45. AgingWell – Geared toward elder care professionals and providers, Aging Well is a print magazine that is also available in a digital version. The website offers forums and product reviews among other senior-friendly resources.
46. NIH Senior Health – Sponsored by the National Institute of Health, what makes this well-developed, extensive site so special are the user-friendly features, like the ability to enlarge the text size, change the color, and even have sections of the site read aloud.
47. WebMD – Doctors don’t make house calls anymore, and calling your doctor isn’t always an option either. WebMD is a great place for that second opinion or quick question.
48. MedicalNewsToday: Seniors – Search the latest medical news or browse through conditions, clinical trials, and other related categories.
49. Mayo Clinic – Another well-respected medical giant, the Mayo Clinic’s organized site has a number of search options for visitors in pursuit of health information and resources.
The ubiquitous though often avoided subject of end-of-life is beginning to get the attention it deserves with these enlightening sites …
50. Death with Dignity – This Oregon-based non-partisan, non-profit organization is leading the charge for education and advocacy around end-of-life issues.
51. San Diego Hospice – What started in San Diego as a hospice program has expanded to include palliative care services, bereavement support and education, specialty training programs, and more.
52. Grief Healing – Coping with loss? Visit this informative blog site for relevant articles and links.
53. Hospice Foundation – Professionals, patients and families are all welcome to peruse the rich reserve of resources on this site.
54. The Hastings Center – Dig a little deeper into the ethics of end-of-life issues at this academic site.
55. Aging with Dignity: Five Wishes – A fantastic tool that allows individuals to outline their wishes for complex end-of-life decisions in a clear-cut format.
Government & Policy
Want the hard facts about government programs, services and policies? Get down to business with these sites…
56. Administration on Aging – Local programs, benefits, emergency preparedness and long-term care planning are among the topics at the Administration on Aging’s website.
57. Medicare.gov – Stay up-to-speed on changes to Medicare benefits and policies at the one-stop-shop for this LBJ-initiated social program.
58. US Dept of Health & Human Services – The Department of Health & Human Services encompasses a plethora of programs, initiatives, and information sponsored by the US Government; accordingly, the website is wide-ranging.
59. American Society on Aging – Visit the American Society on Aging’s website to discover conferences, seminars, and other enrichment opportunities available for professionals concerned with aging issues.
60. Gerontological Society of America – Devoted to research, education and practice in the field of gerontology, the Gerontological Society of America’s site is a great stop for policy wonks and practitioners who share a passion for elders.
61. Aging Society – This non-partisan public policy institute features research on aging issues accessible to the press, policymakers and the public.
Elder Law Basics
It’s crucial to know your rights and understand your legal obligations, but it can also be confusing and overwhelming. These elder law sites offer practical guidance and access to expertise for the thorny legal issues seniors may face…
62. PA Elder Law – Although this elder law firm is based in Pennsylvania, the website’s resource center hosts pertinent information not bound by geography.
63. Elder Law Answers – Listen to ElderLaw radio, find an elder law attorney, do a legal check-up and more at this convenient site.
64. National Academy of Elder Law Professionals – Elder law attorneys are specially trained professionals. Search the directory or read up on the latest elder law issues at this site.
The concept of retirement has changed dramatically in the last decade and will continue to do so. Stay current with these sites…
65. Social Security Administration – Visit the Social Security Administration’s retirement page for the latest on benefits.
66. Retirement Living TV – More than just a channel on the tube dedicated to the 50+ crowd, this network’s Emmy award-winning programming is on the cutting edge of the exploding boomer/senior market.
67. The Retirement Pros – Check in with the Retirement Pros for sound planning advice presented in a fresh way.
68. Money & Retirement: CNN.com – The folks at this top-notch site (presented by the editors of Money magazine) really know their stuff; stop by to read up on retirement, use online calculators, and create your perfect retirement plan.
Senior Care & Services
Consider these resources for information and insights on finding care & services, evaluating your options, and more…
70. ElderCareABCBlog – Stephen Joyce’s site is “About Being Connected” – a great maxim for those coordinating care for themselves or a loved one.
71. Senior Care Blog – Read articles and connect to sites dedicated to maximizing safety and independence for seniors across care settings.
72. Care Manager.org – Visit this site to find a certified geriatric care manager, i.e. a professional who is trained to help you sort through the long-term care maze.
73. Silver Planet – Talk to a Silver Advisor for advice on care/housing options for your aging parents.
74. Caring.com – Get free care guides, expert answers and more at this well-rounded site.
75. Eldercare Locator – A public service provided by the US Administration on Aging, this site connects visitors with local services & housing options.
76. AgeWiseLiving – Barbara Freisner works to help families make informed elder care decisions by choice, and not by crisis.
77. Transition Aging Parents – Move through the stages of transition with grace and ease thanks to Dale Carter’s expert advice and resource-rich site.
78. Everyone is Aging Blog – Follow this blog for an insider’s view of senior living, as told by 43-year-old Steve Gurney, who has spent several weeks in a number of East Coast senior living communities.
79. GeriCareFinder Blog – Covering subjects like scooters and home repair, this site offers practical posts that occasionally highlight senior care & service offerings in different parts of the country.
80. Inside Elder Care – On this site – from elder care author & speaker Ryan Malone – visitors can choose from a diverse collection of categories like Portraits of our Parents, Aging in Place, and Public Policy.
81. Elder Care Link Blog – A caregiver seven times over within the span of 20 years, Carol Bradley Bursack’s blog gives you the scoop…from someone who knows it.
Moving, Downsizing & Transition Services
As if the decision to move into a senior living community isn’t hard enough, the logistics can be 10 times worse. Find help at these sites…
82. Move Seniors – Relieve the stress of moving by enlisting the help of trained specialist in your area. Find one, and other great resources for the transition, here.
83. National Association of Senior Move Managers – Stop by this site to search for certified Senior Move Managers in your region.
84. Crowning Touch USA – This company promises personalized moving services and recognizes that they are transporting memories, not just freight.
Money & Finance
Long-term care, retirement, senior housing – all of these things come with a hefty price tag. Explore these money management tools and financial planning services to stay afloat…
85. Mint.com – This personal finance software is a fresh way to organize your funds – for free!
86. Money & Happiness – Stop by business & finance journalist Laura Rowley’s blog for all things currency.
87. Consumer Reports: Money Blog – The pros at Consumer Reports offer recommendations on products AND money advice. Score!
88. Personal Finance for Seniors: Dummies.com – Visit this site for frank & forthright finance facts – and find a helpful cheat sheet, too.
89. Genworth Financial – Specializing in long-term care insurance products & information, Genworth also offers life insurance and annuities.
90. USAA – Proud to serve all veteran, reserve, and active duty military personnel and their families, USAA provides a host of superior services from banking to loans to life insurance.
91. Senior Veterans Service Alliance – Another great website for veterans – find out about available aid programs & benefits here.
Stay tech-savvy with these sites…
92. Senior Net – SeniorNet’s mission is “education for and access to computer technologies” that will enhance older adults’ lives.
93. Age in Place Tech – For industry trends, research and analysis on the latest gadgets geared towards helping seniors stay in their homes, consult this site for the technically inclined.
94. PawPaw Mail – Make email easy as 1-2-3 with this streamlined service, featured in the New York Times.
Dating & Sex
Find others who are ready to rekindle romance in the retirement years and beyond…
95. Senior Match – A site where you can safely find your 50+ match.
96. Better Than I Ever Expected – Expect candid conversations about sex in the senior years at Joan Price’s sassy blog site.
97. Dating for Seniors – Post a free profile then search for singles in your area at this site tailored to the mature dating scene.
Fun & Games
Don’t forget to play! Lighten things up with these fun sites…
98. Twilight Wish – You’ve probably heard of the Make-A-Wish foundation for children. Well, there’s one for seniors too.
99. Games at AARP – Free games are available 24/7 at AARP’s website for word nerds, card sharks, and other gaming types.
100. National Senior Games Association – Find and register for local, state and national senior games at this site that proves advanced age does not have to impact activity.
Please share any other great sites you’d like to add to the list. Yes, it’s already quite lengthy, but we welcome your additions!