The following list of sites (compiled at the end of 2020) are the best on the web that share information and personal insights about positive aging and retirement. Besides offering current and interesting news on an ongoing basis, most offer glimpses into the life of those living these experiences. While these are certainly not all the sites you can find on these topics, they are personal favorites that I believe are noteworthy, informative and often fun to read. Thank you to each of the authors and creators who put in the time and effort to provide such helpful ideas and information to all of us throughout the year.
What are my SMART criteria? I have attempted to focus on sites that:
- Share thoughts that I personally believe engage, inspire, or encourage us as we age and/or retire.
- Puts the perspective on the benefits, latest research, good news, and opportunities surrounding aging and retirement.
- Offer a distinctive perspective on living, saving and/or traveling as we age.
- Aren’t overly technical or financial—and instead shines the light on the mental, physical, emotional and sometimes spiritual evolution of aging.
- Avoids commercialism along with annoying ads or lots of self-promotion.
- Regularly and consistently adds content (If a blog hasn’t posted anything in a month or more—it won’t be on this list.)
- Avoid sites that focus on fashion, food or politics!
Blogs & Websites For A Positive Retirement
A Satisfying Retirement In A Changing World Offers Bob’s passionate perspective about living a Retired life with purpose and joy in our changing world.
Sightings Over Sixty Where Boomer Tom looks at health, finance, retirement, grown-up children and how time flies.
Retirementally Challenged A blog written by Janis who shares her passion for photography, travel and other insights into how retirement can be enjoyed and experienced.
Retirement Reflections A blog where Donna shares those things that help her create her retirement life, along with ideas about what she “wished she knew before she retired.”
Living Richly In Retirement A blog where Barb shares ideas about living and loving life and retirement on a fixed income.
Picture Retirement A blog written by Suzanne and Malcolm where they share what they’ve learned since retiring at age 50 in 2006.
Retirement Confidential is a written by Donna, writer and speaker, who is a two-time cancer survivor in hot pursuit of a long, healthy and happy life.
U.S. News On Retirement provides planning ideas and advice from a number of personal finance and lifestyle bloggers.
A Retirement Blog by Caree Risover Caree is from the U.K. and writes about retirement—from planning to implementation to the eventual enjoyment.
Retirement Transition One woman’s journey (Pat) as she transitions into the next part of her life without a plan in place.
Retire In Style Blog Too is where Barbara share her thoughts on retirement and “out here where the rubber meets the road!”
(new) Retirement Voices is a blogsite written by Roxanne and Leslie written with a focus on bringing women together to help other women navigate the financial, social and emotional aspects of retirement.
(new) Retirement Manifesto is a blog founded by Fritz with a heavy emphasis on finances but also offering articles that provide a meaningful voice to the retirement journey.
(new) I’m Retired—Adventures of a Simpler Life comes from Cynthia who lives in South Carolina and shares the adventures, actions and photos of her retired life.
(new) Granny Gear comes from Nancy as she initiates conversations about life and travel after retirement.
Positive Aging No Matter What Your Age
Blue Zones–The Blue Zones Story is a website devoted to sharing insights into ways we can all stay healthy, happy and active as we age.
Boomer Café Now in its 20th year, Boomer Café is the original digital magazine (ezine) for baby boomers with active lifestyles and youthful spirits.
Changing In Aging ChangingAging™ is a pro-age movement from Dr. Bill Thomas that challenges conventional views on aging. They believe aging is a strength, rich in developmental potential and growth.
Sixty and Me Produced to empower and motivate women to find their own voice and value in a transitional time of life that offers so much new opportunity.
Baby Boomster is written by Rebecca with a focus on active women over 50 who like to have fun, explore the world, be healthy and want to stay vibrant for as long as possible. One of her goals is to help make the world a better place for future generations.
Women Living Well After 50 A site that aims to help women 50+ embrace life with an ageless attitude!
Boomer Highway According to Beth life is like a buzzing highway: adult children, grandchildren, aging parents–your own age. How can we slow it down and keep it safe on that highway?
The Widow Badass is a blog where Deb (the widow) shares thoughts and activities as a newly retired woman. You never know what she will do next!
(new) Life Lived Forward features a variety of guest authors who do their best to inspire us to live our best life—no matter what our age!
(new) Muddling Through Middle Age is written by Ann where she writes about “recognizing and appreciating the positive aspects of aging: a stronger sense of self, learning to overcome old fears, ditching at least a few of my bad habits, and most of all, realizing that there is still so much good in the world if we are only willing to look for it.”
(new) No Way Café is a site written by Galen who invites us to join in discussion by bringing our whole selves and awareness to the present moment—pointing out that the “no way” is often the way.
(new) Life Part 2 is a travel blog written by Jonathan & Sarah who are traveling the planet (yes even in 2020). They encourage us to “Live your dream” as well as “Don’t waste your retirement.”
We all have many choices about what we do with our time. But if we are going to be reading or staring at any “screen” then let’s be reading things that are positive, uplifting and life-affirming–especially when it comes to getting older or living in retirement. I think all of these websites fit those needs. So, please accept this list as my year-end gift to all my SMART Living 365 readers for 2020.
Please Note: I also provide links to other SMART sites I read and enjoy regularly HERE. Be sure and check these out as well.