Last year I published my first list of the best blogs and websites on positive aging and retirement I could find. A lot has happened since then. Not only did I publish my own book entitled Positive Aging—A SMART Living Guide To Thriving & Wellbeing At Any Age, I’ve also continued to find more great writers and people who are writing books, articles and blog posts about these topics. This year I am even more excited and enthusiastic because the research and news continues to show that nearly every single person who ages (no matter what their current age) can look forward to a longer, more meaningful and yes, happier life as they grow older—retired or not. Want to know more? Then check out my updated list below of the best resources I’ve found from 2017.
What are my criteria? Like last year’s list, I’ve attempted to focus on sites that:
- Share thoughts that engage, inspire, or encourage us as we age and/or retire.
- Puts the perspective on the benefits, good news, and opportunities surrounding aging and retirement, rather than the detriments.
- Aren’t overly technical or financial—and instead puts the focus 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.)
While I realize there are other blogs and websites out in the blogosphere that focus on aging and retirement, these are ones that I regularly read, find helpful, and believe fit the SMART mission. FYI…they are listed in no particular order.
Positive Aging No Matter What Your Age
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.
Sizzling Towards 60 & Beyond is a blog written by Sue Loncaric who believes life is to be lived and shares her thoughts and experiences about this fabulous time of life with us all.
A Boomer Girl’s Guide—a personal blog written by Juhli who writes about health, happiness and a life that fits as she ages.
Boomer Café Now in its 17th 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.
Living Better Fifty An online ezine that focuses on the positive attributes of aging (there are lots!) and looks for opportunities to encourage women to make healthier choices through articles, stories, and testimonies.
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.
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.
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.
The Third Act Project Old guys on the art of aging—who talk about how it feels and what it means to be getting older.
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.
Encore.org—Their motto is, “Second Acts for greater good” with a focus on building a movement to tap the skills and experience of those in midlife and beyond to improve communities and the world.
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.
SMART Living 365–Last year I didn’t list SMART Living 365 but someone suggested I should. I sincerely hope you also believe that SMART Living 365 deserves a place among these great websites.
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.
Olderhood— provides Education, Advocacy, and Research to help people from all walks of life transition from their careers to a new life beyond work.
Living Richly In Retirement A blog where a woman named Barb shares ideas about living and loving life and retirement on a fixed income.
Retire In Style Blog—is written by Barbara Torres who covers all sorts of topics about retirement and positive aging—in style of course!
Retirement—Only The Beginning Offers ideas about how to create a fun and financially stable retirement by author Dave Bernard.
Retirement Reflections A blog about retirement, new chapters, new discoveries and new adventures.
Retirement Revised Shares trends in retirement and aging with a holistic view of retirement security, including healthcare and Medicare, Social Security, retirement investing, midlife careers and housing.
Retirementally Challenged Offers ways to gracefully transition from a full-time career to a full-time retiree—along with travel and lots of gratitude.
Second Wind Leisure Perspectives Terri Webster Schrandt’s blog about living a leisure lifestyle from a woman who is a retired recreation and parks practitioner.
The Retirement Manifesto A canvas for sharing ideas to help others create a great retirement.
U.S. News On Retirement Retirement planning ideas and advice from a number of personal finance and lifestyle bloggers.
Joe’s Retirement Blog—A photoblog about beautiful and interesting sights in our world with almost always a positive perspective.
A Retirement Blog by Caree Risover—Caree is from the U.K. and writes about retirement—from planning to implementation to enjoyment.
Victory Lap Retirement—written by Michael Drak who retired in 2014 and is busy helping others transition into their own person versions of “A Victory Lap Retirement.”
Retirement Transition—One woman’s journey (Pat) as she transitions into the next stay of her life without a plan in place.
Life Part 2—Jonathan Look’s blog about possibilities and experiencing the full spectrum of life as he travels, takes photographs, writes, and shares his adventures.
Please accept this list as my year-end gift to all my SMART Living 365 readers for 2017. It is my hope you will find encouragement, inspiration, and awareness about the positive aspects of growing older on every single site I include. I will be keeping this list on its own “SMART Page” in the right-hand column of my homepage, so if you don’t have time today, please refer to it in the future. Also, if you know of other blogs or a website that should be included, please list them in the comments below. (Remember, any recommended sites must fit the guidelines I have posted above.)
Regardless of our age, I think it is beneficial to continually read and absorb information that reminds us that thinking in a positive and optimistic way about aging and retirement is good for us and those around us. Join me, and help to make the years ahead positive and SMART!
Please Note: I also provide links to other SMART sites I read and enjoy regularly HERE. Be sure and check these out as well.
Okay, your turn. Do you follow and/or read other sites that I may have overlooked that should be added? If yes, please post them in the comments below.