Caring for a parent, grandparent, or other loved one?
Do you feel alone, stressed out, and that no one really understands how you feel?
Believe it or not, you aren’t alone.
Often, the final role in the parent – adult child relationship is that of a caregiver to a parent.
Many caregivers have turned to the web as a source of relief, therapy, and creative expression. The result is there are hundreds of blogs and websites on the internet that deal with the caregiving experience from the early stages to the eventual sad end.
I combed through more than 400 of these blogs and sites to give you this “best of” list. I looked for blogs that offered unique perspectives, had a lot to offer, and were still being updated. You’ll find sites here that feature celebrated authors, twenty-something millennials, support organizations, or just regular people who are caring for a parent or spouse like you.
These are the best of best caregiving blogs for caregivers of elderly parents or spouses – in alphabetical order. Every site or blog here is a winner!
Ready to see the list?
Here we go!
AARP Resources for Caregivers
Most seniors are already familiar with the AARP but few know they offer a web channel for family caregiving. This portal has usable tips and guides for providing care as home as well as financial and legal advice for caregivers. The section on personal stories is especially helpful for stressed out caregivers.
Advocate for Mom and Dad
This is the blog of Deb Hallisey who became a caregiving expert and senior advocate after caring for her disabled mother. She offers practical advice to answer the questions “what do I do?” and “where do I start?” through her blog. There she also uses her personal experience and stories to guide you through the caregiving process.
Aging In Place
The goal of Aging in Place is to give seniors and their caregivers the tools and resources they need to keep seniors in their homes as long as possible. Their areas of expertise are advice for caregivers, caregiver guides, and reviews of home care services.
Aging Parents and Elder Care
This caregiving blog has been around since 2009 and offers caregivers a variety of tools and resources. Checklists are a featured tool as well as links to books, videos, and other resources to help you on your caregiving journey. A glossary is included too to reduce confusion and improve your understanding.
Alzheimer’s Reading Room
This site, created by Bob DeMarco, is considered to be the deepest source of information about Alzheimer’s and dementia available in the world. The expert written articles seek to help caregivers understand and communicate with a person living with dementia. This blog provides invaluable insight for those caring for a loved one with Alzheimer’s.
Artsie and Mom
This blog serves as a caregiver journal for Artsie, a 20-something who serves as a “junior caretaker” to her mother who has cancer. Many posts reference her faith and use her personally drawn cartoons to bring some humor to the situation. This isn’t your standard clinical-type caregiver blog and it is a refreshing change!
As Our Parents Age
As Our Parents Age is the personal blog of Marti Weston, an experienced caregiver with extensive technology skill. She provides helpful blog articles and shares her personal thoughts and advice for caregiving. She is known for her “Ipad for Dad” series about introducing her dad to technology.
Boomers with Elderly Parents
This is an 11 year old site for caregivers of elderly parents with information on a wide range of subjects.There is also an active forum that you can join for support where venting is “definitely allowed!” Much of the content focuses on dementia and Alzheimer’s caregiving for a senior loved one or spouse.
The Caregiver Space
The Caregiver Space is another large website for caregivers with lots of resources from multiple authors who are all experience in caregiving. The resources and guides are built around a community where you are encouraged to share your feelings and options in a safe and open space.
Caregiver Stress is a service of Home Instead Senior Care, a provider of home care services in the US. This site focuses on helping you care for a senior loved one while also learning to care for yourself. Learn to spot the signs of stress while caring for others.
The Caregiver Voice
Brenda Avadian is the founder and voice behind The Caregiver Voice blog. She became a national spokesperson for caregivers and an author of nine books on caregiving after caring for her own father with Alzheimer’s. The site strives to support caregivers through inspired storytelling and humor.
Susanne White started the Caregiver Warrior website to share her caregiving experiences with her parents. A main focus of her site is teaching caregivers how to fight for dignity and quality of life while surviving their caregiving journey. A book, podcast, and speaking engagements are just part of her offering.
The Caregivers’ Living Room
Donna Thomson has the unique experience of caring for both an adult child and for an elderly parent. Through these experiences, she has authored several books that detail her journey caring for others. She also shares deeply personal posts on her blog about caregiving and how the experiences of caregivers.
CareGiving is a large website with tons of articles and resources for personal and professional caregivers. They also offer several caregiving certifications for those who want to really learn the ins and outs of being a caregivers. All this information is supplemented by blogs, forums, and chat rooms.
Caregiving Made Easy
Caregiving Made Easy is the site of author Kathy Macaraeg who has written several books on caregiving. Kathy has the unique persective of being both a carer and a caree due to her own chronic illness. She specializes in transportation issues that caregivers face including telling seniors they should no longer drive.
CareLiving is the site of Kim Cambell, wife of Glen Campbell, as she continues his mission of educating the world about Alzheimer’s disease. She uses the site to empower caregivers to take care of themselves while caring for others by providing education, events, social media campaigns, and informational blog posts.
Caring.com features a caregiving portal for those seeking support and information while caring for aging parents, spouses, and family members. Part of their offering are reviews of senior care options as well as making home care referrals and providing one-on-one guidance through Family Advisors.
CaringBridge honors the sacrifices of caregiving while also recognizing it for the unselfish act of love it is. This site offers free websites to caregivers for the purpose of journaling about their experiences, gathering support from other caregivers, and having a safe place to express their emotions and feeling during the caregiving process.
Confessions of a Male Caregiver
For a bit of a unique perspective on caregiving, check out Marc Lawrence’s blog. He writes the blog from the male perspective of caregiving as he cares for his wife who suffered a hemorrhagic stroke in 2017. In addition to being a full time caregiver to his wife, he also cares for his young daughter.
Daily Caring is dedicated to helping caregivers solve frustrating problems fast by providing practical and useful tips and advice. These guides are supplemented with personal stories. This site is a large one but is easy to navigate and search for the specific information you are looking for.
This blog follows the experiences and story of Cassandra as she cared for her mother who was diagnosed with a rare form of Alzheimer’s. Her heart-warming posts detail the daily life of a caregiver and the rollercoaster of emotions that come with it. Even though her mother has passed, she still occasionally posts with updates and reminiscences.
Early Onset Alzheimer’s Blog
This blog by Linda Fisher focuses on early onset Alzheimer’s disease and her personal experience as a caregiver for her husband who was diagnosed with the disease. Her posts are deeply personal, insightful, and even humorous at times. With 11 years of posts, there is a lot to read and absorb!
Family Caregiver Alliance
The FCA is an organization that supports family caregivers by providing services such as assessment, care planning, skills education, wellness programs, and vouchers for legal and financial consultations. For 40 years, they have worked as an advocate for family caregivers. On the site, you’ll find information about caregiver education and ways to connect with other caregivers.
A Fit Caregiver
Stacey Perry started this blog to highlight her experiences as a professional caregiver in private homes, nursing homes, and hosptials. She focuses on staying healthy yourself while caring for others – a lesson she learned after gaining 50 lbs and letting her own health slip. Her site offers a unique combination of caregiving advice and personal health tips
Happy Healthy Caregiver
This site was created by Elizabeth Miller after dealing with the care needs of her father and mother. She shares her experience and guidance through forums, podcasts, and her blog. Her mission is to help caregivers become happier and healthier while caring for their loved ones.
The Caregiving page at the HelpGuide provides articles for making the caregiving process easier. But, it also serves to remind you of the rewarding parts of caregiving so that you can reduce your stress and minimize caregiver burnout.You’ll find lots of articles on wide-ranging caregiver topics on this blog.
I Am Somebody
This is the blog of Frances Kakugawa, author of several books on memory loss and a former caregiver to her mother who lived with Alzheimer’s. She is also a well-recognized poet and speaker on caregiver issues. Because of this, her posts are creative, often poetic, and uplifting.
The Imperfect Caregiver
Bobbi Carducci founded this site to share her expertise and experience caring for a loved one with Alzheimer’s. On this blog, she answers the many questions caregivers ask. She is a popular speaker and workshop presenter on the subject of dementia care. She has also authored several books including Confessions of an Imperfect Caregiver.
Kapok Multicultural Caregiving
This site was started by Angelica Herrera Venson, a gerontologist who has worked with seniors and their caregivers for more than 16 years. The site focuses on caregiving in diverse communities. It tackles tough issues like death and grief, end of life care, and stubborn parents.
NextAvenue is a service of the Twin Cities PBS station. This blog focuses on America’s increasing older population by providing guides, advice, and context from journalists across the country. Their caregiver channel provides advice on handling the day-to-day challenges of caring for an elderly adult.
Pamela D. Wilson
Pamela Wilson is a nationally known caregiving expert, advocate, and speaker who has provided education, training, and support for both family and professional caregivers. Through this site, you get access to her Caring Generation Library®, lots of helpful articles, her podcast, webinars, and more.
Senior Living is a home care referral service for seniors needing in home caregiving services. Their site features a caregiving section that offers tips and advice for caring for elderly loved ones at home. A helpful questionaire is included to help you figure out how much help your loved one needs.
Taking Care of Grandma
This blog was created by Rachel Hiles, a 30 something woman with diverse caregiver experience. Professionally, she has cared and advocated for adults with physical and mental disabilities. Recently though she has become the primary caregiver to her grandmother. Here she shares the personal details of their journey and misadventures.
Today’s Caregiver is a publication of the Caregiver media Group. This group was founded in 1995 by Gary Barg after helping his own mother care for his ailing grandparents and father. The site serves family and professional caregivers. In addition to the how to guides and articles on the site, they offer a magazine and the Fearless Caregiver Conferences which are hosted all across the US.
Transition Aging Parents
This is the site of Dale Carter, a speaker and author on caregiving who has worked as a long distance caregiver to her mother and an in-home caregiver to her husband. On this blog, she gives practical tips and advice on caregiving through articles, books, workbooks, podcasts, and recorded interviews.
The Ultimate Caregiving Expert
Tena Scallan is a long time professional caregiver who ran her own healthcare agency. She created this blog to bring her experience and advice to the online caregiver support community. Through the site, she also offers caregiving consultant services as well as detailed guides and checklists to help with your caregiving tasks.
Well, there’s the list. As you can see, there is a blog here that should appeal to just about any caregiver.
Do you have a “go-to” caregiving blog that I missed? Let me know about it in the comments below. Tell me why it’s your favorite too!
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