As baby boomers retire and Gen Xers get closer to 50, life brings things like health, pensions and even the fear of aging itself into sharper relief.
You can deny aging, as Walt Disney did: “Laughter is timeless. Imagination has no age. And dreams are forever.”
You can also prefer it to the alternative, a la Groucho Marx: “Getting older is no problem. You just have to live long enough.”
And these days, you can get a ton of information, help, advice and support on every aspect of getting older. We’ve put together a list of 31 sites for seniors, including some very well-known organizations that you’ve probably heard about but ignored in your youth, and others that are new to young and old alike.
This well-known organization has been helping people older than 50 with quality of life issues such as employment security, healthcare and retirement planning for nearly six decades.
Wondering what to do with that tax refund? AARP’s Lynnette Khalfani-Cox suggests opening a 529 college savings plan for your grandchild. Think you might be getting too old for your job? Jennifer Liberto looks at the case of a 61-year-old who needs to be up on the latest training technologies, but worries his millennial students thinks he’s over the hill.
Senior Planet, Twitter: @seniorplanet
Its tagline “Aging with Attitude” immediately gives you an idea of the site’s positive outlook that celebrates aging. The information and resources have a particular focus on the role of technology in helping adults older than 60 stay healthy and connected. For example, if you’d like some tips on making the most of your YouTube viewing experience, Jill Feigelman tells you how to get rid of ads, watch full-screen, put the video on pause or mute the sound.
Ask Abby, Twitter: @abbystokes
Abby taught her mom to get online, and says if her “mother can learn the computer, anyone can.” Advice to the digitally challenged is available by blog post, video tutorial and in online guides, teaching everything from how to change your password to how to play a video on the internet.
The Juice Lady, Twitter: @JuiceLadyCherie
While the benefits of juicing are not limited to seniors, Cherie Calbom’s blog frequently addresses issues that may be of interest to older people. Two recent posts, for example, are: “Cherries Fight Arthritis, Gout, Inflammation” and “How Sugar Causes Aging.”
Next Avenue, Twitter: @NextAvenue
A group of PBS people and journalists bring stories, advice and information to others who are over the age of 50. The intent is for people in this stage of life (between young and “old-old” adulthood) to live the most meaningful, vibrant life possible. All topics are up for discussion, including health, well-being, money and jobs, and lifestyle.
Diverse Elders, Twitter: @DiverseElders
This is an advocacy coalition that represents millions of LGBT elders and elders of color working to obtain policies and programs that improve aging in communities around the country. You can learn more about diverse again issues on the blog, and get involved by sharing the posts or even your own story.
Grandparent Effect, Twitter: @OliviaGentile
Olivia Gentile writes about the role of the American grandparent. She’s interviewed more than 50 families across the nation, and this is where she tells their stories. Olivia writes about the big picture, too, looking at the rising significance of grandparents in today’s society.
National Stroke Association, Twitter: @natlstrokeassoc
There’s a lot of information and many resources on this site, both for those who’ve had a stroke and for family members and caregivers. From explaining exactly what a stroke is and how to recognize a stroke if you’re having one to suggesting fun rehab activities (like playing cards to improve memory, help with vision tracking and work on fine motor skills), this site covers everything.
Help With Aging, Twitter: @BobRosenblatt
Bob Rosenblatt, former Washington correspondent and Los Angeles Times reporter, is editor of Help With Aging. His speciality is aging issues, and you’ll find topics such as Medicare, Social Security, pensions, IRAs and assisted living covered on the site.
Alzheimers.net, Twitter: @Alzheimersnet
This online community provides information about Alzheimer’s as well as support, with links to resources by state. The site’s blog includes the latest research news as well as patient and caregiver stories.
Meals On Wheels America, Twitter: @NoSeniorHungry
This program makes a difference for some 2.5 million American seniors every year. Declining mobility and health can make daily chores — such as shopping for food and cooking — impossible for seniors who live in their own homes. This is where MOW comes in. With 5,000 independently run local programs across the nation, Meals On Wheels helps keep seniors in their homes. If you need help or know someone who does, get more info about your local program here.
If you fear getting older, this site’s for you. The belief here is that the less you fear aging, the more you’ll enjoy it and recognize that your senior years can be the best time of your life.
Boomer Blasts, Twitter: @DrDonnaDavis
Baby boomers who are on impossibly tight budgets will appreciate the advice from Donna Davis, author of “Retirement Basics: Help for Broke Baby Boomers.” She addresses retirement planning and health issues on her blog. Some of her best posts help clear up confusion about Social Security and what, exactly, Medicare covers.
WorldHealth.net, Twitter: @Anti_AgingNews
The American Academy of Anti-Aging Medicine (A4M) argues that diseases related to aging can be treated. To that end, it promotes research, including the advancement of technology. The goal isn’t simply to increase the lifespan of humans, but to enhance the quality of life.
OWL – The Voice of Women 40+, Twitter: @OWLNational
Women older than 40 years old comprise almost one-quarter of the US population, and this segment is the focus of OWL. “Our vision is of a society where women over 40 are secure in their finances, are free to pursue careers and family, and have the support they need to live long, vibrant and independent lives,” OWL writes. The OWL blog has posts about health, careers after 40, and Social Security issues.
LivHOME Podcasts, Twitter: @LivHOMECorp
This at-home senior care service provider has a series of podcasts that address topics such as life balance for seniors, communication between adult children and their parents, and seniors grieving the loss of a spouse.
Caring Senior Service, Twitter: @CaringSrService
The blog for this home care services provider contains inspirational stories about seniors accomplishing great things, as well as educational pieces on elder safety.
Viva Fifty!, Twitter: @vivafifty
Founder Lorraine Ladish is a Latina mom whose bilingual site celebrates being 50-plus. From practical tips about sunscreen in midlife to preparing for retirement, and the mental and emotional benefits of gardening, you’ve got lots of reading ahead of you — in Spanish and English.
MoreTimeToTravel.com, Twitter: @MoreTime2Travel
This boomer travel blog by journalist Irene S. Levine and photographer Jerome Levine is loaded with advice, information and inspiration for travelers over the age of 50.
The Friendship Blog, Twitter: @irenelevine
Psychologist Irene S. Levine (the same woman who runs the More Time To Travel website mentioned above) is known as “The Dear Abby of Friendship” and “The Friendship Doctor.” No matter what stage (or age) your friendship is at, you’ll get insight from the doc.
Health In Aging, Twitter: @HealthInAging
This resource site was created by the American Geriatrics Society’s Health in Aging Foundation. Its goal is to provide consumers and caregivers with up-to-date information on health and aging, and does so by featuring news stories and research summaries, an Ask the Expert segment, and a Health in Aging blog.
ChangingAging, Twitter: @changingaging
With editor Kavan Peterson at the helm, this pro-aging blog network believes that aging is a time rich in developmental potential and growth, and explores the time of life that is beyond adulthood.
Linda Melone, Twitter: @LindaMelone
This 50-something former pastry chef is now a fitness coach helping other women older than 50 create ageless bodies. While she promotes a paid personalized program, makeover and e-book, you can also get her free weekly newsletter and get lots of tips from her blog.
Booming Encore, Twitter: @BoomingEncore
A virtual community for baby boomers to get and give information and inspiration. Although it says it’s for Canadians, that only pertains to specific financial information. Most of the advice is valid for everyone.
Sixty and Me, Twitter: @sixtyandme
Margaret Manning founded this site, which is a community of some 100,000 women 60 and older. She hopes to help others of the same age to live “happy, healthy and financially secure lives” and has created hundreds of articles and videos topics to that end.
Alzheimer’s Association, Twitter: @alzassociation
The leading voluntary health organization in Alzheimer care, support and research, the Alzheimer’s Association’s vision is a world without Alzheimer’s.
Retirement Online, Twitter: @WOW_Retirement
Wendy Fisher is a certified retirement and home business coach, and she is retired herself. Wendy helps retirees find a new identity and meaning for their retirement years. The site includes a newsletter, an online community and help in finding senior friends.
Pension Rights Center, Twitter: @PensionRights
If you have questions about your pension or need guidance with your retirement plan, this site may be of help. Its mission is to protect and promote the retirement security of American workers, retirees and their families.
SeniorAdvisor.com, Facebook: Senior Advisor
Bookmark this website if you’re looking for unbiased reviews of nursing homes, senior housing, or senior care providers in the US and Canada.
Transition Aging Parents, Twitter: @daccarte
Dale Carter started her blog after helping her own aging parent. She’s since written articles and a book, has a radio show, and runs an e-course, all with the goal of helping adult children become proactive with their parents’ care, to navigate crises and changes, and to become advocates on their parents’ behalf.
This Chair Rocks, Twitter: @thischairrocks
Author Ashton Applewhite says she started the site about aging and ageism in 2007 basically because she was confounded by the accepted view of later life being “unrelievedly grim.” It was when she started speaking on the subject five years later that she founded the blog (which you’ll see on the site), called “Yo, Is This Ageist?”.