When seeking advice about senior care, assisted living, healthcare or caregiving, the web is full of information. Many sites are designed by professional experts and those who are experts of circumstance. These blogs span the realm of senior oriented material, from the tech savvy senior to the caregiver raising their children while caring for their parents.
So, we put together a list of some of the best elder care blogs out there written for the common good: to provide information to make aging a little less frightening. We tried to offer a brief description and a sampling of three good posts from each blog so people can get a quick feel for the content. We’d like to have this be a “living” resource that’s consistently updated over time. If we missed your blog or one worthy of being included, please let us know.
And, finally, we’ve created what we think is a very useful tool for anyone looking for information about elderly care or senior living: a custom search engine that will only return content from this list of sources. This is valuable because you’ll be able to look up information on senior living, and know that you’re weeding out any low-quality sources of information and only getting information back from these high quality resources. Simply type in any topic or question below, just as you would if you went to Google.com to search for something:
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Carol Bradley Bursack developed Minding Our Elders after caring for a neighbor and six family members. She wanted to show the human side of caregiving to gerontology and nursing home administration students. Carol includes helpful resources, links and agencies geared toward caregivers.
3 of our favorite posts from Minding Our Elders
- Elders covering for each other can hide dementia symptoms
- Caregiver stress and depression: a topic close to home
- Early on-set Alzheimer’s challenges people under 65
Ryan Malone developed the “by families, for families” approach to elder care after an arduous experience with his own mother. His goal has been simple: to educate and inspire families to make elder care a positive experience. As the author of several elder care books, Malone uses excerpts to illustrate his family approach. He is also a public speaker and marketing consultant.
3 of our favorite posts form Inside Elder Care
- Interview with Softrama, Makers of Seniorama Pointer 2011
- Finally, a Vision for Care Referrals That Will Improve Outcomes
- How Meditation and Prayer Promotes Impacts Aging
Authored by Lori La Bey, Alzheimer’s Speaks is geared for healthcare professionals and the general public. Providing information on services, tools, concepts and products surrounding Alzheimer’s disease, the blog shares in the organization’s mission of “Shifting society’s negative perception of aging and illness, by getting individuals and businesses to appreciate and embrace the gifts wrapped in every stage of life.” La Bey hopes to bring awareness to the disease while helping those in need.
3 of our favorite posts from Alzheimer’s Speaks
- Update On Alan Arnette and The 7 Summits Climb For Alzheimer’s
- Check Out Faces of Dementia
- Alzheimer’s & End of Life – A Shell of a Body or a Shell of a Soul?
3 of our favorite posts from Seniors for Living
- Three Generations Take the Leap, Go Skydiving Together
- Senior Living Trend Watch: Lifelong Learning Programs
- Spotlight on Aging-in-Place Technology: The Kinect
The Everyone is Aging blog is built on the premise that everyone is aging. The blog’s author and founder Steve Gurney is a 20-year elder care veteran. Taking his professional expertise to the web, Gurney intends to show that people of all ages and abilities can live and work together. Through his posts and reader comments he hopes to inspire people to think differently about aging.
3 of our favorite posts form Everyone is Aging
- Assisted Living RV Park?
- What If We Started Using Baby Strollers for Balance Instead of Walkers?
- Aging IS a laughing matter!
Patricia Grace, founder and CEO of Aging with Grace, writes Care Connections, a blog intended to help caregivers connect with others who are feeling overwhelmed in caring for their loved ones and are facing eldercare challenges and issues. Here you will find advice and stories from caregivers from across North America.
3 of our favorite posts form Aging with Grace
- Older Americans reject senior housing to care for grandchildren
- Detroit jumping aboard the senior citizen express
- For many, emotional well-being deepens with age
The New Old Age: Caring and Coping, brought to you by the New York Times, explores the challenges facing Baby Boomers who are finding themselves caring for their aging parents. Paula Span, along with several other contributing editors, examines the world of caregiving, writing on current events, personal experiences and the latest trends in elder care.
3 of our favorite posts form The New Old Age
- Was Pat Robertson Right?
- Eavesdropping on the Nursing Home Staff
- Deciding to Die, Then Shown the Door
The SeniorHomes.com blog takes a closer look at relevant industry news on senior issues and senior housing trends and examines the implications on senior citizens, caregivers and medical providers. Posts also include marketing tactics, tips and trends for senior-living providers.
3 of our favorite posts form SeniorHomes.com Blog
- Nursing Home Payment Cuts: What It Really Means
- “Wheelchair Art” Bridges Generations at Retirement Community
- Assisted Living with HIV: A New Reality as Treatments Improve
As the blog for the Assisted Living Directory, there is no limit to the topics discussed, except of course that they should be regarding assisted living, senior news, happenings and current events. Posts include tips and advice on the best options for long-term care, in-home care and elder care in general.
3 of our favorite posts form Assisted Living Directory Blog
- Discussing The Benefits of Smaller Assisted Living Homes
- Walk-in Bathtubs at memory care facilities – a waste of money?
- Activities Director for Assisted Living Facility?
3 of our favorite posts form Silver Census
- Understanding Senior Living and Health Care Myths & Facts
- Prevention and Public Health Fund: Community Transformation Grants to Reduce Chronic Disease
- Look for the Moon in the Morning
Graceful Aging is a series of video blogs for seniors and caregivers by those who want make every day a little better. Chock full of timely advice, compelling narratives and captivating opinions, Graceful Aging’s goal is to publish videos that enhance life.
3 of our favorite posts form Graceful Aging
Based out of Boston’s South Shore, Regarding your Aging Parents provides resources for local residents who are helping to care their loved ones. As two baby boomers taking care of their aging parents, the authors hope to provide their readers with contact information and support for others in their area. Posts also include relevant news and industry trends surrounding aging in place.
3 of our favorite posts from Regarding Your Aging Parents
- 8 Tips to Effectively communicate with your aging loved ones
- Social Media keeps the Elderly socially connected to family and friends
- Baby Boomers and Apps / Are you ready?
This comprehensive blog of videos, narratives, news and views, brings baby boomers together in one forum. Designed and moderated by a boomer, Imagine Age welcomes reader responses and strives to create an environment of lively discussions. Topics include, among others, healthcare, aging, lifestyles and current events.
3 of our favorite posts from Imagine Age
- Is Melancholy an Inevitable Outcome of Getting Old?
- Plastic Surgery Rise Among Baby Boomers
- Did I Ever Tell You…?
With the goal of allowing their loved ones to age in place , the authors of The Connected Caregiver share their secrets of maintaining a happy home with intergenerational members. Also included in the blog is the latest eldercare news and hot topics.
3 of our favorite posts form The Connected Caregiver
The Knitting Doc emotional blog about the trials and tribulations of a psychiatrist afflicted with Lewy Body Dementia. Follow Dr. David and his wife Pamela through the progression of this debilitating disease. In addition to his first-hand account of LBD, the blog also offers some pearls of wisdom for all of humanity.
3 of our favorite posts from KnittingDoc
- Senior Texting Abbreviations
- NEW REPORT HIGHLIGHTS DELAYED DIAGNOSIS AND CAREGIVER BURDEN IN LEWY BODY DEMENTIAS
- Tangled Neuron
Providing financial planning information and elder law advice, Marshal Elder and Estate Planning is an ideal blog for the non-lawyer caregiver. Posts include information on program and policy changes, planning advice and general news regarding elder law.
- How to save Billions in Medicare each year – Ideas for the Congressional Super Committee
- Planning for Alzheimer’s – 4 Important Questions
- States Seeking Major Changes in Medicaid Programs
After years of dedicated caregiving to her mother, Carmie Travers and her husband, Jerry, maintain For Caregivers: Resources and Information that Empower Caregivers. The site is helps caregivers with advice and information to help them “soldier” on, demonstrating their love and commitment to their aging or ill loved one.
- Coping With the Financial Demands of Caregiving
- Extended Interview with Alzheimer’s Caregiver, Ric Gomez
- How to Manage Caregiving of a Terminally Ill Loved One
This is an open forum where members are invited to share what it is important to them. From news and views to relevant lifestyle narratives, this blog lends itself to more off-beat topics, but is also full of great healthcare, retirement and baby boomer information. Many of the blogs also include video posts to better illustrate the writer’s views.
- BABY BOOMERS – A BOOMING MARKET?
- Getting our Priorities Right
- Is it possible to prevent and reverse heart disease?
Holly Eburne is not only a caregiver by trade but one of circumstance as well. At just 57, Holly’s husband was diagnosed with a dementia and after allowing the emotions to take control of her life, Holy found a way to regain control. Her blog offers stories of inspiration, tips and industry insight.
3 of our favorite posts form Holly Eburne:
Up-to-date news on senior topics and health care, along with caregiver advice and tips round out this blog by Florida’s Elder Care Services. The mission of which is to help those they work with live the most fulfilling life possible, with utmost dignity, focusing on their physical, mental, spiritual, family and financial wellbeing.
3 of our favorite posts form Aging Wisely:
- Preparing for a Doctor’s Appointment
- What Can You Do To Ensure a Safe Hospital Discharge for Elderly Loved Ones?
- One Couple’s Story: Till Death Do Us Part
Dr. Sandra Haymon, a licensed psychologist and the author of “Baby Boomers—Sandwiched between Retirement & Caring,” found herself with little information and now where to turn when she “inherited two adults in diapers.” Her posts include personal experiences of caring for loved ones, experiences of other caregivers and the industry’s latest research.
3 of our favorite posts form Sandra Haymon:
- Early Signs and Symptoms of Alzheimer’s Disease
- Caregivers Attempt to Balance Their Personal Life and the Demands of Caring for Elderly Parents
- Adversity is Necessary
Lawyer Patricia Kefalas began her blog as a way to share information on her law practice where she focuses on advocacy for people with disabilities, seniors and their families. She also shares her own personal view on life, family and her personal interests
3 of our favorite posts from Patti’s Blog:
- A plea from those who need extra help: Medicaid matters
- “Historic” settlement for nursing home patients
- Reminiscing in Hospice Care
Barbara E. Freisner is an expert on issues surrounding seniors and their families. The blog and her website are designed to offer support, counseling and advice to those who are caring for their aging loved ones. Age Wise Living helps caregivers balance life and work, deal with power struggles of an aging parent and embrace the culture of the sandwich generation
3 of our favorite posts from Age Wise Living:
- The Sandwich Generation – How to Balance Life in the Middle
- May You Always . . .
- Giving the Gift of Music for the Holidays
The Medicare Solutions Blog offers information on health insurance, Medicare and issues surrounding health reform and politics impacting seniors. The timely posts are intended to help seniors make informed decisions about healthcare, insurance and political issues.
3 of our favorite posts from Medicare Solutions Blog:
- Chicken Soup Really is Good Medicine
- End of Life: Weighing the Costs
- Overuse of GPS may deplete brain’s ability to navigate on its own
Transition Aging Parents asks three important questions: Are you confused about caring for aging parents? Are you struggling with siblings on choices for mom and dad? Are you torn between caring for your parents or yourself? If you answered yes, this blog has the information you need. Posts include topic ranging from caregiver support to technology that can aid in care.
3 of our favorite posts from Transition Aging Parents:
- Caregiving and Happiness Are Not Exclusive – 5 Tips
- How to Help an Aging Parent Who Refuses Help
- Read On! (Selecting the Right Technology for an Aging Parent)
Author Shelley Webb shares her personal and professional caregiving advice in this source for educational materials, support and strategies designed to enable caregivers. It is her hope to help caregivers create an easier, less stressful and rewarding life while offering support and care to their loved ones.
3 of our favorite posts from The Intentional Caregiver
- Divorce Okay When Spouse has Alzheimer’s Disease states Pat Robertson
- How The Past Can Help the Present
- Why Should a Caregiver Ask for Help?
This blog is full of the latest news information surrounding senior health and lifestyles issues. From the latest research to the newest treatments to heart healthy activities, MyOptum Health has a wide variety of posts to peak just about anyone’s interest.
3 of our favorite posts from MyOptum health—Seniors’ Health:
- Memory Problems: How to Have Fewer Senior Moments
- Back to School in Your Golden Years
- Wrinkle Relief: Is Botox the Solution
BMA Management provides relevant insider news surrounding elder care, including assisted living information, caregiving, senior health and regulatory updates. BMA Management is one of the top assisted living management companies and helps older adults find appropriate housing regardless of financial resources
3 of our favorite posts from the BMA Management Blog
Blogger Kaye Swain shares her perspectives of caring for parents while babysitting her grandchildren. As a member of the “sandwich” generation, Swain offers information, advice and stories of caregiving to others who are finding themselves dealing with children, grandchildren and aging parents.
3 of our favorite posts from SandwichINK
- Hip or Knee Replacement Surgery for Your Elderly Parents? Fragmin Injections? Got Rubbing Alcohol?
- Terrorism News is Hard to Deal With For Many Boomers and Seniors! Is There Any Hope? YES!
- A Raised Toilet Seat By Any Other Name Is Just As Sweet for The Sandwich Generation Issues
The Alzheimer’s Reading Room offers practical advice and solutions for caregivers who are dealing with loved ones suffering from Alzheimer’s disease. Founded by Bob DeMarco, who uses first hand experiences for many of his posts, the blog is frequented by guest experts who offer additional insight.
3 of our favorite posts from The Alzheimer’s Reading Room:
- Are Alzheimer’s Caregivers Forgotten?
- The Plan to End Alzheimer’s Disease by 2020
- Test Your Memory for Alzheimer’s (5 Best Self Assessment Tests)
Elder Options of Texas provides information on various topics surrounding elder care. The goal is to make it easier for caregivers and seniors to find services they need, faster and more efficiently.
3 of our favorite blog posts for Elder Options of Texas:
- FIVE FAST FACTS ON THE FUTURE OF REAL ESTATE, GRAYING BOOMERS & AGING-IN-PLACE
- The ROMEO CLUB…Retired Old Men Eating Out
- Dealing with common behavior’s associated with Alzheimer’s Disease