Most Influential Caregivers 2013

We celebrate here individuals who have made their caregiving journeys public for the benefit of others, as well as those who have dedicated their time and resources to supporting seniors and caregivers through charity work and other organizations. These leaders wield influence and inspire caregivers everywhere.



The winner of Most Influential Caregivers is awarded to the finalist that earns the highest rating during the Best Senior Living Awards. Congratulations to the winner of Most Influential Caregivers!

  • Pamela Rivers

    Pamela Rivers

    54 Popular Vote

    Pamela Rivers blogs at Confessions of a Master Caregiver and at, chronicling her journey as a caregiver. She is also publisher of Absolutely Pamela, which is a mix of Pamela's persona...



The following senior living resources were nominated for a chance to earn the title of Most Influential Caregivers. All of our nominees deserve an honorable mention for the valuable resources they provide for the senior living community!

  • Nancy Reagan

    Nancy Reagan

    18 Popular Vote

    Nancy Reagan was perhaps the most public figure of being caregiver of someone suffering with Alzheimer's, her husband and former President of the United States, Ronald Reagan. While Nancy Reagan was f...

  • Maria Shriver

    Maria Shriver

    14 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...

  • Meredith Vieira

    Meredith Vieira

    11 Popular Vote

    Meredith Vieira, the original moderator for ABC's The View and former co-host of NBC's Today has moved into semi-retirement and is caregiver of her husband who suffers from multiple sclerosis...

  • Morgan Fairchild

    Morgan Fairchild

    6 Popular Vote

    Morgan Fairchild served as the caregiver of her mother, who suffered a series of strokes until her death in 1999. Consequentially, Morgan spearheaded a campaign to raise awareness about stroke symptom...

  • Pat Summitt

    Pat Summitt

    6 Popular Vote

    For 38 seasons, Pat Summitt was the head coach for the University of Tennessee Lady Volunteer basketball team, becoming the all-time most winningest coach in NCAA history for men's and women's teams...

  • Brooke Shields

    Brooke Shields

    5 Popular Vote

    Television and film star Brooke Shields was a caregiver for her mother who suffered from dementia until her death at 79. With her own experience of suffering from depression, Brooke Shields is now a...

  • Bob DeMarco

    Bob DeMarco

    4 Popular Vote

    Bob DeMarco is the publisher of Alzheimer's Reading Room, where he shares his personal insights and advice as a full-time Alzheimer's caregiver. The goal of Alzheimer's Reading Room is to "Educate and...

  • Amy Grant

    Amy Grant

    3 Popular Vote

    Six-time Grammy winner Amy Grant is currently a caregiver for her father who suffers from dementia. She has had a wide-spanning career as a Christian music artist and pop singer. She has recorded no...

  • Leeza Gibbons

    Leeza Gibbons

    3 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...

  • Joan Lunden

    Joan Lunden

    2 Popular Vote

    Joan Lunden was the longest-running morning talk show host as the host of Good Morning America. She is a quintessential entrepreneur who inspires millions of women throughout the country and has an ex...

  • Renee Marhefke

    Renee Marhefke

    2 Popular Vote

    Renee is an exemplary member of the Island Shores staff and is a true hero in the eyes of our community. Her generous spirit enables her to build deep connections with residents and colleagues, and cr...

  • Martha Stewart

    Martha Stewart

    1 Popular Vote

    Inspired by her experience of caring for her mother, Martha Stewart has been an advocate for caregivers and older adults. She is the chair of the Martha Stewart Center for Living (MSCL) at Mount Sinai...

  • Diane Keaton

    Diane Keaton

    0 Popular Vote

    In her memoir, "Then Again," Diane Keaton narrates her relationship with her mother, Dorothy Hall. For 15 years, Dorothy suffered from Alzheimer's, and Diane served as her caregiver while also caring...

  • Former First Lady Rosalynn Carter

    Former First Lady Rosalynn Carter

    0 Popular Vote

    Former First Lady Rosalynn Carter has worked for more than three decades to improve the quality of life for people around the world. Today, she is an advocate for mental health, early childhood immuni...

  • Jodie Foster

    Jodie Foster

    0 Popular Vote

    Jodie Foster has always been a very private public figure. Recently, Ms. Foster publicly stated in her lifetime achievement speech that her mother suffers from dementia (while not specifically saying...

  • Olympia Dukakis

    Olympia Dukakis

    0 Popular Vote

    Dubbed a Fearless Caregiver by Editor-In-Chief Gary Barg of Today's Caregiver, Olympia Dukakis is an advocate for those suffering from pain...

  • Shelley Fabares

    Shelley Fabares

    0 Popular Vote

    Shelley Fabares may be well-known for her roles in "The Donna Reed Show" and "Coach," but she was also a caregiver for her mother who suffered from Alzheimer's. She is an advocate for families struggl...

Award Program Details

  • Celebrities with strong ties to charitable organizations focused on improving the lives of seniors
  • Well-known personalities who have gained popularity by sharing their caregiving journeys with the world
  • Individuals who dedicate their careers or their fame to helping caregivers