Best Senior Living Blogs by Individuals 2014

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 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 Blogs by Individuals!

  • Bob DeMarco

    Bob DeMarco

    66 Judges Score  5 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...

People's Choice

People's Choice

The people have spoken! The People's Choice Winner of Best 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 Blogs by Individuals!

  • My Alzheimer's Story

    My Alzheimer's Story

    52 Judges Score  215 Popular Vote

    Susan Macaulay blogs about her journey with her mother, who is in the late stages of Alzheimer's disease. She chronicles their journey together and her changing role as her mother's daughter and careg...

Finalists

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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 Blogs by Individuals as ranked by our panel.

  • The Care Company Blog

    The Care Company Blog

    65 Judges Score  120 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...

  • The Dementia Queen

    The Dementia Queen

    60 Judges Score  134 Popular Vote

    A blog by occupational and geriatric therapist Sue Paul, aka The Dementia Queen, TheDementiaQueen.com is a blog dedicated to dementia care. Sue's posts and helpful tips are mixed with a little bit of...

  • As Our Parents Age

    As Our Parents Age

    59 Judges Score  55 Popular Vote

    As Our Parents Age deals with issues facing adult children taking care of their parents...

  • Age in Place Technology

    Age in Place Technology

    58 Judges Score  28 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...

  • Minding Our Elders Blog

    Minding Our Elders Blog

    57 Judges Score  4 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...

  • Moving Solutions Blog

    Moving Solutions Blog

    52 Judges Score  182 Popular Vote

    When I started Moving Solutions 18 years ago, I knew I was in the business of aging, not moving, so it is not surprising that my writing is about aging as well. When you delve into the details of p...

  • Encore Life with Joyce Joneschiet

    Encore Life with Joyce Joneschiet

    51 Judges Score  20 Popular Vote

    Encore Life with Joyce Joneschiet provides regular updates on creating comfortable living environments, tips on aging in place and aging well, health and wellness advice and news, money and finance in...

  • The Long and Winding Road: An Alzheimer's Journey and Beyond

    The Long and Winding Road: An Alzheimer's Journey and Beyond

    51 Judges Score  156 Popular Vote

    As a freelance writer and creator of The Long and Winding Road: An Alzheimer’s Journey and Beyond, Ann Napoletan combines her passion for eldercare with her love of the written word. Having lost her...

  • Help! Aging Parents

    Help! Aging Parents

    50 Judges Score  51 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...

  • One Brave Cowgirl

    One Brave Cowgirl

    50 Judges Score  147 Popular Vote

    Created by a caregiver for caregivers, One Brave Cowgirl is the place to escape the assisted living facilities, the anxiety, the guilt, the memory care residences, the hospitals, the parenting of your...

  • Alzheimer's Speaks

    Alzheimer's Speaks

    48 Judges Score  8 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...

  • Aging Bodies

    Aging Bodies

    47 Judges Score  9 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...

  • Going Gentle Into That Good Night

    Going Gentle Into That Good Night

    44 Judges Score  29 Popular Vote

    Going Gentle Into That Good Night is a blog by Sandra Ross, who has published two related books, one which shares the title. Sandra focuses on providing unique, researched and valuable information on...

  • Confessions of a Master Caregiver

    Confessions of a Master Caregiver

    44 Judges Score  39 Popular Vote

    Pamela Rivers is the sole caregiver for her aging mother, who suffers from Alzheimer's disease. Pamela blogs about her journey at Confessions of a Master Caregiver, sharing her personal challenges, ob...

  • 3 Years and 13 Dumpsters; Cleaning House After Lewy Body Dementia

    3 Years and 13 Dumpsters; Cleaning House After Lewy Body Dementia

    41 Judges Score  6 Popular Vote

    3 Years and 13 Dumpsters is a blog written by Joy Walker, a writer, caregiver advocate, hospice/bereavement counselor and care manager for her father who suffers from Lewy Body Dementia. She also publ...

  • Aging Abundantly

    Aging Abundantly

    41 Judges Score  10 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...

  • Mom's Brain

    Mom's Brain

    38 Judges Score  99 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...

  • The Alzheimer's Spouse

    The Alzheimer's Spouse

    34 Judges Score  130 Popular Vote

    This blog is written from the perspective of a wife whose spouse was diagnosed with Alzheimer's. Joan uses this blog to cope with her frustrations and use her experiences to help others deal with simi...

  • Dementia Mama Drama

    Dementia Mama Drama

    34 Judges Score  192 Popular Vote

    Dementia-Mama-Drama is about the relationship of a modern family... a mother, her son and his partner. A Gay Couples daily dose of Dementia with “Mama Drama”. Today's family may look different but...

Nominees

nominee

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

  • The Shifting Path Blog

    The Shifting Path Blog

    1 Popular Vote

    The Shifting Path blog, written by Lisa Huening, covers topics ranging from Dementia to caregiver tips to navigating the holidays...

  • Time Goes By

    Time Goes By

    1 Popular Vote

    Time Goes By using the tag line "What it's really like to get older." One interesting thing of this blog is that they use the term "elder" because as they describe it as a "lovely old word in need of...

  • "Had a Dad" Alzheimer's Blog

    "Had a Dad" Alzheimer's Blog

    0 Popular Vote

    "Had a Dad" Alzheimer's Blog is published by Bert Piedmont and chronicles her personal experience with a loved one with Alzheimer's disease. After her father's 1,253-day journey with Alzheimer's disea...

  • Aging Parents

    Aging Parents

    0 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...

  • Aging and Parkinson's and Me

    Aging and Parkinson's and Me

    0 Popular Vote

    John Schappi was diagnosed in 2009 with Parkinson's disease at the age of 80. In part thanks to getting the right medications and learning what he was dealing with, he considered 2010 to be his best y...

  • Alzheimer's 24-7

    Alzheimer's 24-7

    0 Popular Vote

    Ann Romick has been writing her blog, alzheimers24-7.com for about 4 years. She is currently a spousal caregiver for her husband who has had the disease for about 14 years. Prior to that Ann took care...

  • Caregiver Support Blog

    Caregiver Support Blog

    0 Popular Vote

    This blog is for caregivers to offer support, advice, and encouragement. Visitors are welcome to share their thoughts, questions, and advice...

  • ElderChicks

    ElderChicks

    0 Popular Vote

    We are part of the fastest growing part of the population: senior women in their retirement years. Senior women living in a world most of our mothers and grandmothers didn’t imagine, let alone inh...

  • Family Home and Life

    Family Home and Life

    0 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...

  • Grandmother Diaries

    Grandmother Diaries

    0 Popular Vote

    The ‘Grandmother Diaries‘ is just that, a diary of my adventures as a grandmother. You will find a variety of topics here. Everything from health to recipes to clothing to apps, and the list goes...

  • Hospice and Nursing Homes Blog

    Hospice and Nursing Homes Blog

    0 Popular Vote

    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...

  • Marshall Elder and Estate Planning Blog

    Marshall Elder and Estate Planning Blog

    0 Popular Vote

    Helping seniors preserve health and financial security for themselves and their loved ones...

  • My Mom's Blog

    My Mom's Blog

    0 Popular Vote

    At 87 years young, Millie Garfield is one of the Internet's oldest bloggers, according to The Ageless Project. With an authentic and humorous voice, a knack for story telling and frequent updates, Mil...

  • Naked at Our Age / Better Than I Ever Expected

    Naked at Our Age / Better Than I Ever Expected

    0 Popular Vote

    This blog is the written by Joan Price,the author of "Naked at Our Age: Talking Out Loud about Senior Sex" and "Better Than I Ever Expected: Straight Talk About Sex After Sixty." This blog presents se...

  • SportsGeezer

    SportsGeezer

    0 Popular Vote

    SportsGeezer is written and directed by Art Jahnke, a writer and magazine editor who was born exactly mid-twentieth century, and now lives near Boston. He doesn’t have the patience to workout, but...

  • Spotlight on Elder Abuse

    Spotlight on Elder Abuse

    0 Popular Vote

    Spotlight on Elder Abuse is a blog that posts information on elder abuse legislation, new laws, and articles about elder abuse. It's mission is "Empowering Seniors with relevant Information on Elder A...

  • The Little Moments

    The Little Moments

    0 Popular Vote

    I want to capture my mom’s stories and my memories of the person she’s always been before old age, dementia and eventually death steal that person from me. I want to chronicle this journey we’re...

Award Program Details

  • 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
  • Consumer focused content
  • Vlogs by individuals also included