Social Media Rockstars - Individuals 2014

This category is purely based on the peoples 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!

  • Judi Bonilla

    Judi Bonilla

    373 Popular Vote

    Aging Expert with nearly 1,000 Twitter followers. Judi Bonilla describes herself as ambicultural, educator, entrepreneur, Senior Fellow. Judi develops programs designed for adults 60+ combining brain...



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!

  • Susan Scanland

    Susan Scanland

    336 Popular Vote

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

  • Dementia Mama Drama

    Dementia Mama Drama

    191 Popular Vote

    Vin Zappacosta gives his social media followers a daily dose of dementia with mama-drama. Follow his bittersweet and humorous roller coaster ride with his Mama and Alzheimer's...

  • JoAnn Jordan

    JoAnn Jordan

    169 Popular Vote

    JoAnn Jordan is a music therapist who helps bring people and generations together through music. Her website offers insights for caregivers of both the young and old, as well as intergenerational tips...

  • Shelley Webb

    Shelley Webb

    134 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...

  • Susan Macaulay

    Susan Macaulay

    95 Popular Vote

    Susan Macaulay is a social media powerhouse, with multiple Twitter profiles and Facebook pages with thousands of followers. On her @MyAlzStory Twitter account, which accompanies her My Alzheimer's Sto...

  • LuAnn Smith

    LuAnn Smith

    43 Popular Vote

    With over 10,000 followers, Geriatric Care Manager LuAnn Smith communicates relevant articles and topics related to seniors and aging...

  • Kaye Swain

    Kaye Swain

    28 Popular Vote

    Kaye Swain blogs about being a part of the sandwich generation -- caring for aging parents while babysitting grandchildren at the same time. Kaye is an active and engaging participant in the Twitter c...

  • Ann Napoletan

    Ann Napoletan

    19 Popular Vote

    This vibrant, independent woman - my rock - always overflowing with life, was slipping away a bit more with each passing day... It was through this journey that I came to realize my passion and purpo...

  • Joy Loverde

    Joy Loverde

    18 Popular Vote

    Joy Loverde is an author, speaker, a mature-market consultant to attorneys, healthcare providers, senior housing administrators, and other companies, and a writer and columnist. A strong advocate for...

  • Dale Carter

    Dale Carter

    17 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...

  • Cindy Laverty

    Cindy Laverty

    14 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...

  • Denise M. Brown

    Denise M. Brown

    14 Popular Vote

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

  • Kathy Birkett

    Kathy Birkett

    14 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...

  • Georgette Tarnow

    Georgette Tarnow

    11 Popular Vote

    Georgette H. Tarnow, JD, LLM, is an attorney and author, with a background in elder care.She spent 23 years as a full-time caregiver. Ms. Tarnow was praised by doctors and various health care professi...

  • Gregory Bator

    Gregory Bator

    10 Popular Vote

    Gregory Bator inspires and informs persons of great age through with hundreds of adult videos (well sort of). On Twitter his 8700 followers are kept current and engaged with comment...

  • Steve Moran

    Steve Moran

    10 Popular Vote

    Steve Moran, publisher of Senior Housing Forum, keeps you up-to-date on the latest news in the senior living industry, offering up news commentary and advice via Twitter...

  • Jennifer Gerhold

    Jennifer Gerhold

    5 Popular Vote

    Jennifer Gerhold, publisher of Dementia Today, also manages the @DementiaToday Twitter account which has amassed nearly 237,000 followers. Jennifer is a professional writer, psychologist and a former...

  • Michelle Seitzer

    Michelle Seitzer

    5 Popular Vote

    Michelle Seitzer, who manages the @Seniors4Living Twitter account and hosts the popular monthly #ElderCareChat, has accumulated nearly 1,700 followers on her personal Twitter account to date. Michelle...

  • Amy Goyer

    Amy Goyer

    2 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...

  • Lisa Huening - The Shifting Path

    Lisa Huening - The Shifting Path

    2 Popular Vote

    The Shifting Path, by Lisa Huening, presents relevant stories, articles, and tips to their followers...

  • Brian Geyser

    Brian Geyser

    1 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. Nanette Davis

    Dr. Nanette Davis

    1 Popular Vote

    Dr. Davis is a caregiver survivor, life coach, community educator and author of The ABCs of Caregiving: Words to Inspire You + 10 other books. She tweets about caregiving and related topics to her 2,0...

  • Eleanor Barbera, Ph.D.

    Eleanor Barbera, Ph.D.

    1 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...

  • Linda Abbit

    Linda Abbit

    1 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...

  • Lynn Wilson

    Lynn Wilson

    1 Popular Vote

    Lynn Wilson is the founder of The Caregiver Partnership, and she blogs under @CaregiverTweets. Lynn shares information on senior living technology, elderly health and services and advice for caregiver...

  • The Art of Aging

    The Art of Aging

    1 Popular Vote

    The Art of Aging is a Facebook presence created by artist Sophie Lumen. Sophie's goal is to shift perspectives on aging. What if we think of aging as an art? With more than 15,000 fans, The Art of Agi...

  • Dr. Marion Somers

    Dr. Marion Somers

    0 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...

  • Scott Brown

    Scott Brown

    0 Popular Vote

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

  • Terry Lynch Aging Strategies

    Terry Lynch Aging Strategies

    0 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...

Award Program Details

  • These must be individuals, however the individual may be affiliated with a company or organization
  • Nominee must use either a website, social media, blog or some combination of these as a communication platform
  • This category will be based on people's choice so the winner will be selected purely by popular vote. This will demonstrate their influence and strong presence in the senior industry