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2017 Best Retirement Blogs

Since 2011, SeniorHomes.com has been highlighting the best resources and services for seniors through our Best Senior Living Awards program. We aim to feature websites, products, and organizations that help seniors lead healthy and vibrant lives. Learn more about SeniorHomes.com Best of Senior Living Awards.

 

Winners - Judge's Selection

Our judge, Dave Singleton, has selected the 3 following blogs as the best retirement blogs for seniors.

 

Victory Lap Retirement blog Best Retirement Blog: Victory Lap Retirement

This blog had me at its tagline: work while you play, play while you work. Unlike some retirement blogs, which focus only on finance or navigating the worlds of Medicare and modern medicine, this blog is about living well whether you’re fully retired, semi-retired or retired as you define it. Author and website creator Michael Drak refers to his book Victory Lap Retirement as “a retirement book about not retiring,” and his writing reflects that philosophy. Not everyone looks at retirement the same way – some want or need to continue working; others want to get to that hobby they’ve put off for decades. With a well-organized layout and easy navigation, there’s plenty here for both options. The navigation makes it easy to get to the variety of topics covered here – including books, health, lifestyle and wealth. Best of all, unlike many retirement tales, the stories here are well-written and engaging, often about people who’ve left the corporate rat race and started their next chapters. Nothing inspires quite like someone who’s gone out and done whatever it is you’re dreamed about. A few of the posts are enough to make you want to leave the 9-5 drudge behind and go to an island and paint right now.

 

Retire Fabulously blog Best Retirement Blog: Retire Fabulously

If you’re really honest with yourself, you’ll admit you don’t want to simply retire. You’d prefer to retire with style, right? Dave Hughes, who started this retirement blog, also wrote Design Your Dream Retirement, a book which, “will show you how to visualize your retirement in an optimistic, possibility-filled light.” What draws me to this blog aren’t just the articles on topics such as best places to retire, mistakes you can make in planning for your next chapter, how to negotiate relationships as a “mixed-retirement” couple (one retires; one doesn’t) along the way. It’s the fresh voice and positive spin on the advice that makes it all seem so doable…with a little smart planning ahead, of course. It’s refreshing to see a retirement blog that’s as inclusive for LGBT couples as it is for heterosexual ones. Not that the issues seem that different to me – we all want smart advice from someone who’s been there, done that, and that’s what you get with Retire Fabulously. Hughes has lots of wisdom to offer from the frontlines as he learns from challenges, makes the most of his own retirement, and shares his knowledge to help you ‘experience yours.

 

Wiser blog Best Retirement Blog: Wiser -- Women's Institute For A Secure Retirement

The Women’s Institute for a Secure Retirement (WISER) has a noble mission: to support education and advocacy that will improve long-term financial quality of life for women. Given that women still make less during their working years – and live longer than – their male counterparts, their economic lives are often more threatened in retirement. Since 2007, WISER has published a blog on a laundry list of core retirement topics, ranging from finance to taxes to healthcare coverage to caregiving. Often, retirement blogs offer advice, but the reader is left wondering, “well, how do I figure that out?” For example, “How do I create a retirement budget or plan for tax payments?” In addition to offering smart advice, WISER’s blog offers many tools to help with step-by-step planning. While the chief focus is on women, their financial news, information and tools will help anyone confused about saving, spending and taxes. One of my favorite posts is Plan Ahead and Spend Smart to “Age Out Loud,” which encourages readers to save “smart” so they can spend on traveling, join social and sports activities, volunteer, see friends and family, and more. I hope the term “Age Out Loud” catches on, since isn’t that what we all want to do?

About the Judge, Dave Singleton

Dave Singleton is an award-winning writer, editor and author of three books, including CRUSH: Writers Reflect on Love, Longing, and the Lasting Power of Their First Celebrity Crush. He writes for numerous publications and websites on a variety of topics, including health, caregiving, pop culture, food, travel, social trends, relationships, and LGBT life. In addition to his regular work for Caring.com, he’s a Contributing Editor for the literary journal Scoundrel Time and a multimedia communications consultant. Dave has appeared on television and radio programs such as NBC News, NPR, the BBC, and AARP Prime Time Focus. His work has been featured in numerous print and online media, including The Washington Post, National Journal, the Chicago Tribune, Washingtonian, PBS’s Next Avenue, Salon, AARP Media, Huffington Post, the UK Sun, the Sydney Morning Herald, Yahoo, MSN, Match.com’s Happen magazine, Cosmopolitan, Glamour, Elle, Harper's Bazaar, Tango, Metro Weekly, Instinct, Attitude, and OUT. He speaks at colleges and conferences, teaches nonfiction and memoir writing classes, and leads events.Dave holds a master's in business administration from New York University's Stern School of Business, with extensive additional coursework with the NYU Graduate School of Journalism. He has a bachelor of science degree in psychology from the University of Virginia.

For more information and examples of his work, visit Dave's website at http://www.davesingleton.com and follow him on Twitter: @DCDaveSingleton. He currently resides in Washington, D.C.

 

Winners- People's Choice

The people have spoken! These blogs received the highest number of votes from users during the voting period per category.

Marking 2 Seniors blog Best Retirement Blog: Marketing 2 Seniors

 

Retirement Income blog Best Retirement Blog: Retirement-Income

 

Retire Fabulously blog Best Retirement Blog: Retire Fabulously

 

Finalists

Congratulations to all our finalists with notable blogs that improve the lives of senior citizens:

Retirement Manifesto blog Best Retirement Blog: The Retirement Manifesto
Retire Successfully blog Best Retirement Blog: Retire Successfully
Retire In Style blog Best Retirement Blog: Retire in Style

 

Nominees

 

Info for Winners and Finalists

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Since 2011, SeniorHomes.com has been highlighting the best resources and services for seniors through our Best Senior Living Awards program. We aim to feature websites, products, and organizations that help seniors lead healthy and vibrant lives.