Most Respected Senior Living Charities 2013

Here we celebrate nonprofit organizations dedicated to serving seniors or caregivers through educational opportunities, community, fundraising events and support of research to cure the common diseases of aging. These organizations serve as the foundation for advancements in treatments, provide an outlet for individuals and their caregivers to connect with others going through similar struggles and offer educational opportunities and coping resources.



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

  • Meals on Wheels Association of America

    Meals on Wheels Association of America

    40 Judges Score  7 Popular Vote

    The Meals On Wheels Association of America is the oldest and largest national organization composed of and representing local, community-based Senior Nutrition Programs in all 50 U.S. states, as well...

People's Choice

People's Choice

The people have spoken! The People's Choice Winner of Most Respected Charities 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 Most Respected Charities!

  • Foundation for Senior Care

    Foundation for Senior Care

    31 Judges Score  146 Popular Vote

    The mission of the FOUNDATION FOR SENIOR CARE is to identify, assess, promote and fund programs to solve health issues important to seniors in our communities...



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 Most Respected Charities as ranked by our panel.

  • Patrick Dempsey Center for Cancer Hope & Healing

    Patrick Dempsey Center for Cancer Hope & Healing

    38 Judges Score  3 Popular Vote

    The Patrick Dempsey Center for Cancer Hope & Healing provides free support, education and integrative medicine services to anyone impacted by cancer. Since our doors opened in 2008, the Dempsey Center...

  • Twilight Wish Foundation

    Twilight Wish Foundation

    35 Judges Score  56 Popular Vote

    Twilight Wish honors and acknowledges seniors for all they have given to others by bringing comfort and joy into their lives through individual wish granting celebrations. Twilight Wish grants wishes...

  • Pets for the Elderly

    Pets for the Elderly

    32 Judges Score  5 Popular Vote

    The Pets for the Elderly Foundation helps cover the costs of adoption when senior citizens (age 60 and over) adopt a dog or cat from a participating shelter...

  • Sailors Snug Harbor of Boston

    Sailors Snug Harbor of Boston

    22 Judges Score  2 Popular Vote

    The mission of the Sailors’ Snug Harbor of Boston's Elder Program is to enable the low-income seniors in Greater Boston to live a life of independence...



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

  • Alzheimer's Project

    Alzheimer's Project

    1 Popular Vote

    Alzheimer's Project, Inc. is a nonprofit organization funded by grants and private donations. Alzheimer's Project, Inc. is dedicated to providing relief to the caregivers of persons suffering from Al...

  • Arthritis Foundation

    Arthritis Foundation

    1 Popular Vote

    The Arthritis Foundation is the largest national nonprofit organization that supports the more than 100 types of arthritis and related conditions. Founded in 1948, with headquarters in Atlanta, the A...

  • Benjamin Rose Institute on Aging

    Benjamin Rose Institute on Aging

    1 Popular Vote

    For more than 100 years, the Benjamin Rose Institute on Aging has worked to improve care for older adults and their caregivers. Benjamin Rose is an innovator in service delivery, a leader in research...

  • Dreams For Seniors Chartity

    Dreams For Seniors Chartity

    1 Popular Vote

    Since 2005, this nonprofit has been been granting the wishes of seniors in the Pekin, Illinois area...

  • Drive to End Hunger

    Drive to End Hunger

    1 Popular Vote

    Imagine struggling to put food on the table. Everyday making the tough choice about whether or not to eat, choose cheaper less nutritious food, pay a bill or even your rent/mortgage. That is the situa...

  • Foundation Aiding the Eldery

    Foundation Aiding the Eldery

    1 Popular Vote

    For more than 20 years, FATE has served as an advocate for the elderly in long-term care facilities throughout the United States to ensure they receive proper care, civil rights and a meaningful, dign...

  • Foundation for Senior Living

    Foundation for Senior Living

    1 Popular Vote

    The Foundation for Senior Living is devoted to preserving dignity and promoting quality of life for all seniors, adults with disabilities, and their caregivers. We offer the widest variety of services...

  • National Council on Aging

    National Council on Aging

    1 Popular Vote

    The National Council on Aging (NCOA) is a nonprofit service and advocacy organization headquartered in Washington, DC. We are a national voice for older Americans and the community organizations that...

  • SeniorNet


    1 Popular Vote

    Founded in 1986, SeniorNet grew out of a research project funded by the Markle Foundation to determine how computers and telecommunications could enhance the lives of older adults. Since that time, Se...

  • CU Aging Center

    CU Aging Center

    0 Popular Vote

    The CU Aging Center (CUAC) is a community-based non-profit mental health services facility administered by the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs (UCCS), and is the primary practicum training...

  • ElderServe


    0 Popular Vote

    For more than 50 years, ElderServe, a nonprofit organization, has been a champion for improving the lives of aging adults. Services are offered through multiple sites throughout Metro Louisville and i...

  • Fifty Forward

    Fifty Forward

    0 Popular Vote

    FiftyForward enriches the lives of adults 50+ by providing pathways to health, well-being and lifelong learning. Founded in September 1956 as an activity and services-distribution center for retired i...

  • Lifeforce in Later Years

    Lifeforce in Later Years

    0 Popular Vote

    LiLY's mission is to raise the quality of life for senior citizens in their local communities...

  • Menorah Housing Foundation

    Menorah Housing Foundation

    0 Popular Vote

    Established in 1969 as a non-sectarian, non-profit 501(c)(3) corporation, Menorah Housing Foundation develops and manages affordable senior apartment serving income eligible persons age 62 or older, w...

  • National Relief Charities

    National Relief Charities

    0 Popular Vote

    National Relief Charities (NRC) is a nonprofit dedicated to quality of life for Native Americans living on remote and poverty-stricken reservations in the Plains and Southwest. American Indians are th...

  • Senior Assistance Center

    Senior Assistance Center

    0 Popular Vote

    The Senior Assistance Center is a private nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization created in 1981 to serve the basic human needs of the Denver metro area senior population . The SAC provides financial assist...

  • Senior Services - Washington State

    Senior Services - Washington State

    0 Popular Vote

    Senior Services is the most comprehensive nonprofit agency serving older adults and their loved ones in Washington State...

  • Touchmark Foundation

    Touchmark Foundation

    0 Popular Vote

    The Touchmark Foundation is a 501(c) public charity. It was founded to enhance the well-being of seniors, a population traditionally underserved in mainstream philanthropy. While seniors have made gre...

Award Program Details

  • Nonprofit organizations which support seniors or caregivers through research, fundraising, education and community
  • Nominees may include organizations which serve to support individuals with a specific disease, such as Alzheimer's disease