Best Senior Living Blogs by Individuals 2012

Senior Living bloggers share their stories, tips, and travails as caregivers. Their blogs make us laugh and cry and help us to realize we are not alone. We have found the most engaging, insightful individual blogs in the senior living space to share with you.

Winner

Winner

The winner of Best Senior Living Blogs by Individuals is awarded to the finalist that earns the highest rating during the Best Senior Living Awards. Congratulations to the winner of Best Senior Living Blogs by Individuals!

  • Minding Our Elders Blog
    65 Judges Score  3 Popular Vote
    It is the mission of Minding Our Elders to shine a light on the isolation often felt by caregivers and seniors and to give them a voice. Founder and owner of Minding Our Elders Carol Bradley Bursack a...

People's Choice

People's Choice

The people have spoken! The People's Choice Winner of Best Senior Living Blogs by Individuals is the best senior living resource that earned the highest number of votes during the voting period. Congratulations to the People's Choice Winner of Best Senior Living Blogs by Individuals!

  • The Care Company Blog
    61.5 Judges Score  131 Popular Vote
    The Care Company is the solution center for America’s 60 million unpaid family caregivers, who every year provide more than $300 billion in free care and services to loved ones, family members and f...

Finalists

finalist

To earn a spot as a finalist for the Best Senior Living Awards, the following senior living resources received the highest number of consumer votes. Our dedicated panel of experts rated these senior living resources. Here are the Best Senior Living Blogs by Individuals as ranked by our panel.

  • Help! Aging Parents
    62.5 Judges Score  18 Popular Vote
    Hi, I'm Susan. I was a far-away-living adult child whose parents died during this decade. (Mother predeceased my dad by three years.) I continue to be a far-away-living daughter-in-law (her only "dau...
  • Senior Care Corner Blog
    62 Judges Score  3 Popular Vote
    Senior Care Corner is your source for insights and tips about caring for senior adults, whether you are doing so at home or remotely or if your loved one resides in a nursing home or other residential...
  • Patti's Blog
    61 Judges Score  24 Popular Vote
    Patti's blog aims to share the latest news and events surrounding elder care law...
  • As Our Parents Age
    59 Judges Score  6 Popular Vote
    As Our Parents Age deals with issues facing adult children taking care of their parents...
  • Transition Aging Parents
    58 Judges Score  3 Popular Vote
    Dale provides tips and advice on how to take care of your aging parents...
  • Who Moved My Dentures?
    57.5 Judges Score  6 Popular Vote
    Anthony Cirillo provides an essential companion for boomers with Who Moved My Dentures?, a blog which accompanies a book of the same title. Who Moved My Dentures? covers caregiving from a boomer's per...
  • We Were Five: Our Journey w
    57 Judges Score  5 Popular Vote
    Lizzie's blog is an up-close and personal account of her family's personal journey with Alzheimer's and dementia, after her mom was stricken with the disease and Lizzie and her four sisters struggled...
  • Family Relationships
    57 Judges Score  9 Popular Vote
    Join other women in the sandwich generation - share ideas and solutions as you learn to nourish family relationships without starving yourself...
  • The Cheerful Caregiver
    56 Judges Score  4 Popular Vote
    Elizabeth Hanes focuses on the need for caregivers to put aside caregiver guilt and take care of their own needs...
  • Inside Aging Parent Care
    55.7 Judges Score  104 Popular Vote
    This is partly a journal of our experiences as caregivers in general and in particular as witnesses to the gradual decline of Carol and Judi’s elderly father...
  • Mom's Brain
    55.5 Judges Score  77 Popular Vote
    This is an online journal of one daughter’s experience as a caregiver for her mother, diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease in November 2005. Blogger Emily Caldwell originally started it as an anonym...
  • Age in Place Technology
    55 Judges Score  2 Popular Vote
    Laurie M. Orlov, a tech industry veteran, writer, speaker and elder care advocate, is the founder of Aging in Place Technology Watch, a market research firm that provides thought leadership, analysis...
  • The Amazing Aging Mind
    53 Judges Score  15 Popular Vote
    Amazing Mind offers caregivers the opportunity to connect and engage with a caregiver who has gone through it all. This site is my personal journey toward discovering the causes and meaning of Alzh...
  • Aging Abundantly
    51 Judges Score  78 Popular Vote
    I began Aging Abundantly at a time when I was trying to make sense of the changes that were taking place in my life, both physical and emotional...
  • Alzheimer's Dad
    47 Judges Score  22 Popular Vote
    My father's 1253-day journey through Alzheimer's Disease (AD) and my feelings about it. Caregivers with aging parents will relate to this blog about a daughter's journey through Alzheimer's. It prov...
  • SandwichINK
    46.5 Judges Score  17 Popular Vote
    Info, tips and resources for the multigenerational caregiver dealing with the issues of caring for the elderly parents in their family while raising children or babysitting grandchildren...
  • Nanahood
    46 Judges Score  17 Popular Vote
    Teresa blogs about her experiences as a grandmother...
  • Generation Sandwich
    43 Judges Score  48 Popular Vote
    A blog about the joys, challenges, and trials of being part of the Sandwich Generation. We'll talk about being squished between our own aging, caring for aging parents, and parenting kids, adult kids...
  • Aging Parents
    41 Judges Score  15 Popular Vote
    AgingParents is a unique nursing/legal/psychology team that helps families address conflict, communication,and planning issues related to caring for their elder loved ones. They are knowledgeable and...
  • Rona's Blog
    39 Judges Score  6 Popular Vote
    Rona's Blog keeps seniors and their families informed on senior health issues...
  • Design with the Future in Mind
    36 Judges Score  13 Popular Vote
    Written by Alesha E. Churba, CAPS, CD, of A.E.Churba Design, LLC. resides in Pocatello, Idaho. A.E.Churba is a Certified Aging in Place Specialist (CAPS) writing, designing and decorating with her cli...

Nominees

nominee

The following senior living resources were nominated for a chance to earn the title of Best Senior Living Blogs by Individuals. All of our nominees deserve an honorable mention for the valuable resources they provide for the senior living community!

  • Big Tree Murphy
    2 Popular Vote
    Finding the Humanity and Love in Alzheimer's Care For families facing the ethical, emotional and physical care issues of Alzheimer's Disease. Big Tree Murphy offers a personal look into the Alzheime...
  • Everyone knows someone who can benefit from LifeBridge Solutions and our AttackMedicalBills.com division. We help individuals and their families prepare for and handle the turbulent times in their li...
  • The Caregiver
    2 Popular Vote
    The Caregiver blog gives a candid and engaging account of one sons experience of caring for his mother. Bob started learning about Alzheimer's the hard way--by living Alzheimer's disease from the fr...
  • The Henry Chronicles
    2 Popular Vote
    This blog is a journal about life with my Dad, who at 94 has survived the loss of his daughter and wife, WWII and Iwo Jima, three heart attacks, three open hearts and three strokes — plus life with...
  • 3 Gen Family
    1 Popular Vote
    CK Wilde shares her experiences as a long distance caregiver for her father...
  • About Aging Parents
    1 Popular Vote
    Kathy Quan uses her 30 years of experience as an RN in home health and hospice care to provide advice to the sandwiched generation...
  • Aging Bodies
    1 Popular Vote
    Aging Bodies is a resource that Marie started to learn about and report to you on anything and everything related to what is happening to our bodies and brains as we age. She was 62 when I started th...
  • Alzheimer's Speaks
    1 Popular Vote
    Alzheimer’s Speaks was developed for professional and public alike to have easy access to a variety of services, tools, concepts and products when dealing with the disease. Alzheimer’s Speaks be...
  • A blog about the guilt, frustrations, humor and sweet times that come with caregiving with a focus on Parkinson's and Alzheimer's...
  • Caring for Aging Parents
    1 Popular Vote
    A blog trying to help children with aging parents...
  • Family Home and Life
    1 Popular Vote
    Connie is a mother of five, grandmother of nine and counting. She writes about her experiences caring for several of her grandchildren, living practically and frugally, and loving every minute of it...
  • Food & Family
    1 Popular Vote
    I am a 51 year old single male Creative Consultant [writer, producer, director, image consultant] who stays at home to care for my 1920's vintage mother who is in late stages of Alzheimer's Disease. M...
  • Geezer Guff
    1 Popular Vote
    Proclaiming to be for "funny and fiesty seniors" it is a fun take on a variety of topics including senior health, travel and love...
  • Holly Eburne Blog
    1 Popular Vote
    For 30 years, Holly Eburne was a Sport Physical Therapist who spent her time traveling the world with nationally-ranked Canadian sports teams. Then her life changed when her husband, Dave, was diagnos...
  • Frances Shani Parker, Michigan author of Becoming Dead Right: A Hospice Volunteer in Urban Nursing Homes (paperback, e-book), writes this blog. Topics include news, practices, research, poems, stories...
  • Kathy Bryant stayed at twelve different senior living facilities and blogged about her experience, offering seniors and caregivers a unique look at Spokane-area options...
  • Retirement Investigator
    1 Popular Vote
    The latest news on retirement finance, long term care and senior living...
  • Second-Half of Life Blog
    1 Popular Vote
    David Solie tries to provide readers with new ideas and strategies for understanding and communicating with aging parents...
  • The Care Navigator Blog
    1 Popular Vote
    Helping Individuals and Families Navigate Healthcare and Aging Issues...
  • The Caregivers
    1 Popular Vote
    Kathryn Smaw Amerson (1961- ) was born in New Bern, North Carolina. She is a community college Professor of History and Humanities. The Caregivers is her first novel...
  • Wriggling in the Middle
    1 Popular Vote
    This blog talks about the dilemmas and sometimes the delights of being part of the sandwich generation and responsible for the care of multiple generations...

Award Program Details

  • Consumer-focused content: the majority of the content is targeted to consumers (vs. the senior living industry)
  • Content related to caregiving, assisted living, independent living, Alzheimer’s/memory care, skilled nursing care, and home care.
  • Blogs, which means that the content is displayed in reverse-chronological order. To qualify, a blog must have at least six posts per year.
  • Blog must be maintained and owned by an individual, and not by a corporation or organization.