The internet’s not just for kids anymore. Older adults have carved out a significant corner of the world wide web to talk about issues that matter to you: how to spend your retirement years, how your relationships change with your adult children, what it’s like caring for aging parents, and the best places to travel for people with bad knees. Dip your toe into the world of older adult blogging by checking out some of our favorite writers below.
Blogger Shelley Webb began her blog while caring for her father in 2008. In the years since, she learned that caregiving is more than a job you do for a loved one, it’s lifestyle that needs to maintain on focus on the caregiver’s health and wellbeing as well. With that revelation in mind, Shelley’s site evolved from a blog about caregiving to a blog about women living life after 50. Along with tips on caregiving she also focuses on wellness, style, recipes and travel.
The Roaming Boomers
The Roaming Boomers is run by Arizona-based professional travelers David and Carol. The couple planned to retire when David turned 50, which they successfully did in 2006. However, the stock market collapse in 2008 forced them to reinvent themselves and find a way to pursue their retirement dreams while recouping their losses. Thus, Roaming Boomers was born as part travel blog and part travel agency, where David and Carol explore the world and help their readers plan their own trips to trace their footsteps.
ElderChicks is a site run by and for women in their retirement years, one of the fastest growing segments of the population. Dr. Thelma Reese and Dr. Barbara Fleisher gather together a group of “ElderExperts” to provide their online community with advice on topics ranging from long-term care insurance, travel planning, successful downsizing, estate planning, beauty and style, and more. Thelma and Barbara created a vibrant group of ladies “helping each other master the art of senior life.”
Transition Aging Parents
Dale Carter started blogging to share her experiences helping her elderly mother manage a health crisis, move to a retirement community and maintain her quality of life, all while living 600 miles away. She shares with her readers the challenges and joys of caregiving, a role she has begun to take on for her husband as well after he was diagnosed with Parkinson’s and Lewy bodies. Dale’s goal is to help her readers “thrive and find joy” in every stage of life.
Time Goes By
Nobody tells it like Ronni Bennet. Ronni is a proud generalist having spent her career with a rotating list of job titles like typist, talk show writer, website editor, radio producer and more. One day at work, she looked around the room and realized she was the oldest person there – not just by years but by decades. Her realization kicked off several years of research to try and discover what “getting old” really means. She wanted to find out what she was in for. Her research turned into a blog, when blogging was still new in 2003, and her blog turned into a sensation. She had hundreds of subscribers in a matter of months and her readership has continued to grow as Ronni writes about what it’s really like to get old.
Learn something new from one of our featured bloggers today but always remember to check back in right here as well. We post a new Meth-Wick blog every other week!