Four years ago I began publishing a list of the best blogs and websites on retirement and positive aging that I could find on the internet. I started it because I wanted to have a list of sites that I can continually refer to myself, and I thought it would be helpful to others as well. However, I am selective. I know that my time and your time is very valuable, so before I recommend another site, I want to make sure that they offer something I find worthy of our attention. I also tend to avoid sites that are more about making money than helping, are overly technical or financial, or put a focus on fashion, food or politics. Remember, SMART stands for Sustainable, Meaningful, Aware, Rightsized and Thankful. I do my best to suggest sites that I think fit those categories.
So, what I’ve found by looking (and I hope you do too if you look through them) is that there are lots to choose from. Some sites are stuffed full of information about dozens of topics. Others are more singularly focused, personal and thoughtful. But each offers a perspective on what it means to age well and/or retire. I’ll admit that there are likely far more sites out there that I haven’t found (yet)—but for the present time, here is my updated list for 2019.
In case you are wondering, here are my SMART criteria for including a site on this list:
- 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!
While some of the sites on this list were here last year, I’ve added a number of new sites that have caught my eye. Here is this year’s list.
Blogs & Websites For A Positive Retirement
A Satisfying Retirement Offers Bob Lowry’s passionate perspective about living a Retired life with purpose and joy.
Sightings Over Sixty Where Boomer Tom Sightings looks at health, finance, retirement, grown-up children and … how time flies.
Living Richly In Retirement A blog where Barb shares ideas about living and loving life and retirement on a fixed income.
(new) Picture Retirement A blog written by Suzanne and Malcolm where they share what they’ve learned since retiring at age 50 in 2006.
Retirement—Only The Beginning Offers ideas about how to create a fun and financially stable retirement by author Dave Bernard.
Retirement Reflections A blog where Donna shares aspects of her interesting life and what she “wished she knew before she retired.”
Retirement Confidential is a written by Donna Pekar, 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.
Retirement Wisdom Blog—While this website promotes “Retirement Coaching” they also have an interesting blog that provides thought-provoking articles of interest to anyone before or after retirement.
Baby Boomer Retirement with useful information for ALL retirees and the 10,000 Baby Boomers who turn 65 every day.
Terri LaBonte—Reinventing Myself In Retirement shares thoughts and ideas from a woman who retired from the federal government and began writing about her retirement experiences—much of it with a great sense of humor.
(new) Rebel Retirement Here is another relatively new blog created by a “Rebel Retiree and Yoga Woman- A baby boomer couple who hope to inspire others to live a happy, healthy, productive retirement without worrying about the money.”
(new) 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?
(new) Think Save Retire—(TSR) This site offers a collection of posts from different writers with a focus on financial independence and freedom so you can live a life you design.
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.
Retire In Style is where Barbara share her thoughts on retirement and “out here where the rubber meets the road!”
(new) The Widow Badass is a blog where Deb (the widow) shares thoughts as she prepares for her immediate retirement. I’m looking forward to seeing how it unfolds!
Positive Aging No Matter What Your Age
Senior Planet Celebrates aging by sharing information and resources that support aging with attitude and helps people stay engaged and active by bringing focus to a range of topics.
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.
Next Avenue Where grown-ups keep growing. Their daily content delivers vital ideas, context and perspectives on issues that matter most as we age.
The Third Age—Healthy Living For Women + Their Families Health and wellness site targeted to women 45 and older.
AARP—While AARP (American Association of Retired People) puts a heavy emphasis on joining their membership they also offer a great variety of free articles about all aspects of retirement and aging.
WOW—Women’s Older Wisdom—A conversation started by Pat Taub for older women who are fed up with the ageism and sexism in our culture and are looking for cohorts to affirm their value as an older woman.
Agei.st—A site that celebrates living fast and dying old. Encouraging stories of people who are thinkers, creatives and researchers, dedicated to promoting a better understanding of an emergent 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.
Growing Bolder—A site that is attempting to “rebrand” growing older by changing the way the world looks at aging by smashing stereotypes and delivering hope, inspiration, and possibility to everyone who continues to age.
Defining Third Age—A blog written by Nancy Dobbins a retired educator who is sharing great information she finds about how to age well and happy–with some great travel advice thrown in there too.
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.
Still The Lucky Few A blog written by Diane Dahli about what made “the greatest” generation unique, why their place in history is so important, and what they still have to offer.
Baby Boomster is written by Rebecca Okowski 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.
Squared Away Blog is written by Kimberly Blanton who is a veteran financial and economics reporter. She writes about anything related to financial behavior, psychology and our U.S. money culture as we age.
Sizzling Towards 60 & Beyond– A site that aims to help women 50+ embrace life with an ageless attitude!
As I have said many times before, I realize we are all very busy these days. 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. 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 2019.
Please Note: I also provide links to other SMART sites I read and enjoy regularly HERE. Be sure and check these out as well.