Social Media Rockstars - Individuals 2012

This category is purely based on the people's choice! These are the standouts in the senior industry that have a strong presence across the Internet and social media. They are well connected and are known for providing great resources to caregivers or seniors through speaking, consulting or writing.



The winner of Social Media Rockstars - Individuals is awarded to the finalist that earns the highest rating during the Best Senior Living Awards. Congratulations to the winner of Social Media Rockstars - Individuals!

  • Eleanor Barbera, Ph.D.

    Eleanor Barbera, Ph.D.

    188 Popular Vote

    Eleanor Feldman Barbera, PhD, founder of, is a speaker and consultant sharing insights gleaned over fifteen years as a nursing home psychologist. Dr. El is a regular contribut...



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 Social Media Rockstars - Individuals as ranked by our panel.

  • Susan Scanland

    Susan Scanland

    147 Popular Vote

    National Alzheimer's Expert, 28 years experience as nurse practitioner working with dementia and Alzheimer's disease...

  • Shelley Webb

    Shelley Webb

    79 Popular Vote

    Shelley Webb is truly the voice of experience when it comes to caregiving. With more than 30 years of service as a Registered Nurse, RN Case Manager, Geriatric Care Manager and caregiver to her fathe...

  • Terry Lynch Aging Strategies

    Terry Lynch Aging Strategies

    77 Popular Vote

    Terry Lynch is the owner of Strategies for Independent Aging and author of “But I Don’t Want Eldercare!” He specializes in helping older people remain as self-reliant and involved in community l...

  • Linda Abbit

    Linda Abbit

    74 Popular Vote

    Eldercare and Senior advocate Linda Abbit first started Tender Loving Eldercare as a blog to share what she learned through her journey as the sole caregiver for her aging parents. Through her website...

  • Kim Linder

    Kim Linder

    59 Popular Vote

    Caregiver coach and talk show host for The Caregiver Hour, every Mon. on Tampa Bay's 1250AM WHNZ...

  • Dale Carter

    Dale Carter

    46 Popular Vote

    Dale Carter is regarded as a respected voice for caregivers. As founder and owner of Transition Aging Parents, she has created a dynamic business devoted to serving the needs of adult children of agin...

  • Patty Grace

    Patty Grace

    37 Popular Vote

    Patty Grace is the founder and CEO Aging with Grace. Patty is also the National Senior Care Examiner, Host, Aging with Grace and offers insight via BlogTalkRadio. Follow @PattyGrace on Tw...

  • Angela V. McKnight

    Angela V. McKnight

    31 Popular Vote

    Administrative services for Seniors and helping Senior Caregivers care for their Senior Loved Ones...

  • Dr. Zachary White

    Dr. Zachary White

    17 Popular Vote

    To provide first-hand caregiver insight and expertise, much-needed knowledge about the caregiving experience, and most importantly, comfort to the millions of Americans who care in the shadow of a cur...

  • Scott Brown

    Scott Brown

    14 Popular Vote

    Advocate for patient empowerment & quality EOL medical care; fan of palliative and hospice care teams...

  • Amy Goyer

    Amy Goyer

    13 Popular Vote

    Caregiver for my parents; multigenerational, aging & family issues expert; AARP's Family Expert & columnist/blogger/media spokesperson; Author & consultant. Amy has over 3,800 Twitter followers...

  • Denise M. Brown

    Denise M. Brown

    10 Popular Vote

    With over 16,000 Twitter followers, Denise helps family caregivers. Founder,, Certified Caregiving Coach, Author, Speaker...

  • Barbara McVicker

    Barbara McVicker

    9 Popular Vote

    Barbara McVicker uses social media to connect with other caregivers and offer them the tools and tips she has learned from her personal experiences...

  • Brian Geyser

    Brian Geyser

    7 Popular Vote

    Founder of, social media strategist, speaker, blogger, consultant, and Yale University faculty member Brian Geyser has no shortage of expertise to share with the world. Brian boasts o...

  • Dr. Marion Somers

    Dr. Marion Somers

    6 Popular Vote

    Dr. Marion, who has over 5,000 followers on Facebook and Twitter, has appeared on the TODAY Show, ABC News Now, Good Morning America Now, The NBC Nightly News with Brian Williams, National Public Rad...

  • Leann Reynolds

    Leann Reynolds

    5 Popular Vote

    As president of Homewatch CareGivers Int'l., I am afforded a unique view of the many issues facing family caregivers...

  • Bonnie McFarland

    Bonnie McFarland

    4 Popular Vote

    "Savoring Your Sixties" is for women who want to make peace with turning 60 and to create a life after 60 that is joyous, fun, and meaningful...

  • Leeza Gibbons

    Leeza Gibbons

    4 Popular Vote

    Leeza's compassion, inspiration and commitment to her continual education in healthcare, as well as the education of others, is a special gift potentiated by her listening and communication skills hon...

  • Kathy Birkett

    Kathy Birkett

    3 Popular Vote

    Info & insights to help families & other caregivers of senior adults to improve the quality of life of the seniors in their lives. Kathy Birkett boasts over 8,000 followers on Twitter...

  • Carol Bradley Bursack

    Carol Bradley Bursack

    2 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. The book Minding Our Elders: Caregivers Share Their Personal St...

  • Cindy Laverty

    Cindy Laverty

    2 Popular Vote

    Care Company founder and President Cindy Laverty discovered that empowering caregivers was her true professional calling several years ago, while caring for her ill and aging former father-in-law. It...

  • Maria Shriver

    Maria Shriver

    1 Popular Vote

    Maria Shriver was a caregiver for her father, Sargent Shriver, who suffered from Alzheimer's disease. She has become an advocate for Alzheimer's disease by garnering attention to the issue through var...



The following senior living resources were nominated for a chance to earn the title of Social Media Rockstars - Individuals. All of our nominees deserve an honorable mention for the valuable resources they provide for the senior living community!

  • Alesha E. Chruba

    Alesha E. Chruba

    1 Popular Vote

    Certified Aging in Place Specialist: I write & speak about Aging in Place home adaptations to create a safe & comfortable home for now & for the future...

  • Alnawaz Ladha

    Alnawaz Ladha

    1 Popular Vote

    An In-Home Health Care Specialist serving the Vancouver, Burnaby and New Westminster British Columbia...

  • Anneliz Hannan

    Anneliz Hannan

    1 Popular Vote

    Public Relations/Public Affairs/Health Care Communications/Issue & Advocacy Management and Nurse...

  • Brian Buckley

    Brian Buckley

    1 Popular Vote

    Owner of World Class Homecare Company...

  • Candice Rose

    Candice Rose

    1 Popular Vote

    Discusses the latest aging news and senior care developments with all of her followers...

  • Chad Marshall

    Chad Marshall

    1 Popular Vote

    Chad Marshall offers home care to caregivers and seniors through his twitter...

  • Connie Challingsworth

    Connie Challingsworth

    1 Popular Vote

    Certified Life Coach who has a passion for helping Baby Boomers navigate the transitions they are facing...

  • Craig Fukushima

    Craig Fukushima

    1 Popular Vote

    Consultant to the health care industry with over 30 years of operational experience. Special interest in long term care...

  • Deanna Lueckenotte

    Deanna Lueckenotte

    1 Popular Vote

    Deanna Lueckenotte is the author of "Alzheimer's Days Gone By: For Those Caring For Their Loved Ones."...

  • Diane Alexander Patterson

    Diane Alexander Patterson

    1 Popular Vote

    Diane Alexander Patterson, MSG, is Founder of Success In Aging TV™ the magazine website devoted to Gerontology...

  • Dr. Sandra W. Haymon

    Dr. Sandra W. Haymon

    1 Popular Vote

    Dr. Sandra W. Haymon, a licensed Psychologist, is a renowned expert and speaker on aging and caregiving issues. She is the author of two books: Baby Boomers—Sandwiched Between Retirement & Caregivin...

  • Florence Knight RN

    Florence Knight RN

    1 Popular Vote


  • Francine Russo

    Francine Russo

    1 Popular Vote

    Your source for sibling issues over aging parents: caregiving, dementia, end-of-life, mourning, inheritance, relationships...

  • Ileana Perez

    Ileana Perez

    1 Popular Vote

    Ileana Perez de Rivera, RN, Health Educator and Certified Health Coach...

  • Kari Berit

    Kari Berit

    1 Popular Vote

    Here to help you and your clients embrace caregiving with humor and love...

  • Larry W. Hayes

    Larry W. Hayes

    1 Popular Vote

    We’re committed to sharing useful and relevant information to help active 50+ adults to lead longer, healthier and more active lives...

  • Lynda Kuehni

    Lynda Kuehni

    1 Popular Vote

    Senior Advocate and Editor of All for Seniors...

  • Marla Levie Craven

    Marla Levie Craven

    1 Popular Vote

    Marla Levie Craven is a marketing guru in the field of senior care...

  • Merrily Orsini

    Merrily Orsini

    1 Popular Vote

    Home Care Marketing Expert, Internet marketing, website design, SEO, social media marketing from corecubed professional team using internet to grow businesses...

  • Mike Gamble

    Mike Gamble

    1 Popular Vote

    Passion for improving the Quality of Life for Aging Seniors & Family Caregivers. Mike covers everything from assisted living to home care, memory care, aging news and health information and much more...

  • Mr. Elder Care

    Mr. Elder Care

    1 Popular Vote

    Elder care financial planning expert making life easier for family caregivers by bridging the communication gap between boomers and their parents...

  • Natasha Beauchamp

    Natasha Beauchamp

    1 Popular Vote

    Social entrepreneur & webmaster helping elder care providers make better use of the Internet to market their companies while also supporting family caregivers...

  • Senior Care News Guy

    Senior Care News Guy

    1 Popular Vote

    I Live, Eat, Breathe everything that encompasses senior care and elder care. I have a passion to inform about issues that are facing today's seniors...

  • Shelly Beach

    Shelly Beach

    1 Popular Vote

    Shelly Beach's deep understanding of caregivers' needs comes not only from her parents’ experiences in caregiving, but also from the years she took care of first her father-in-law and then her paren...

  • Stevie Ska

    Stevie Ska

    1 Popular Vote

    Writer at the Home Health Aide Guide, A Resource for Caregivers and Families...

  • Tonia Boterf

    Tonia Boterf

    1 Popular Vote

    Finding solutions for Boomers who are caring for their Aging Parents, while trying to care for themselves is a passion of mine as a coach, author & speaker...

  • Victoria L. Collier

    Victoria L. Collier

    1 Popular Vote

    Gulf War Veteran Victoria L Collier is a Life Care Planning, Veterans Benefits & Medicaid Crisis Attorney & author of 47 Secret Veterans' Benefits for Seniors...

Award Program Details

  • These must be individuals; however the individual may be affiliated with a company or organization.
  • They must use either a website, social media, blog or some combination of these, to reach out to caregivers and seniors.
  • This category will be based on people's choice so it will be based on whoever gets the most votes.
  • This should demonstrate their influence and strong presence in the senior industry.