Announces 2014 Best Senior Living Awards Winners

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Category Winners (Rated by a Panel of Senior Living Experts) and People’s Choice Winners Announced Best Senior Living Awards Winner Badge, a leading, nationwide directory of senior housing and senior care options, is pleased to announce Winners for the 2014 Best Senior Living Awards, a program designed to recognize the best senior living blogs, websites, newsletters and more.

A panel of 21 leading senior living experts hailing from all corners of the senior living industry rated finalists (determined based on popular vote as of April 28, 2014) based on a set of standardized, category-specific rating criteria. Finalists were evaluated by experts on criteria such as the breadth and depth of content provided on their websites and the quality, accuracy and uniqueness of content.

More than 150 finalists were judged by the expert panel, encompassing more than 21,000 votes from the online community. In total, nominees accumulated more than 29,000 votes.

“We’re helping emerging companies and experts with value to offer get noticed and gain visibility in the senior living community, while at the same time helping a family caregiver find an excellent source of information for the challenges she’s facing,” says Chris Rodde, CEO of, “The tens of thousands of votes nominees receive each year is a clear indication that it’s a valued process. And truly, each and every nominee is worthy of an award. They all make exceptional contributions to the senior living space.”

Winners by Category Include:

Consumer Categories:

Most Inspiring Seniors

  • Winner (based on popular vote): Luella Shell, 99 year old resident at Merrill Gardens of Santa Maria

Best Caregiver Websites

  • Elder Industry
  • People’s Choice: Answers for Elders

Best Caregiver Newsletters

  • Winner:
  • People’s Choice: The Caregiver’s Advocate

Best Books for Aging and Caregiving

  • Winner: The 36-Hour Day
  • People’s Choice: A Bridge Between: Northern Italy Come Hell or High Water

Best Boomer Resources

  • AARP
  • People’s Choice: Boomer to Boomer Online

Best Senior Living Blogs by Individuals

  • Bob DeMarco
  • People’s Choice: My Alzheimer’s Story

Best Senior Living Blogs by Organizations

  • Sunrise Senior Living
  • People’s Choice: EPOCH Senior Living Blog

Biggest Senior Living Advocate

  • AARP
  • People’s Choice: LeadingAge

Most Innovative Senior Living Products

  • GrandCare Systems

Best Government & Education Resource Sites

  • U.S. Department of Veteran’s Affairs
  • People’s Choice: Florida Department of Elder Affairs

Industry Categories:

Best Senior Living Provider Websites: Large Companies

  • Holiday Retirement
  • People’s Choice: Provision Living

Best Senior Living Provider Websites: Small Companies (< 10 communities):

  • Halcyon Hospice
  • People’s Choice: Approved In-Home Health Care

Social Media Rockstars – Individuals:

  • Winner (based on popular vote): Judi Bonilla

Social Media Rockstars – Organizations

  • People’s Choice: Bild and Company

Best Senior Living Industry Resources

  • GlynnDevins Blog
  • People’s Choice: Care and Compliance Blog

Best Sales and Marketing Consultants

  • Winner (based on popular vote): One on One

Several judges served on this year’s panel for the fourth consecutive year, such as Bart Astor, author of multiple books, including Baby Boomers Guide to Caring for Aging Parents and AARP Roadmap for the Rest of Your Life: Smart Choices about Money, Health, Work, Lifestyle, and Pursuing Your Dreams, and Anthony Cirillo, a Healthcare Consultant, Senior Health Expert, and Guide to Assisted Living, among others.

Returning judges were joined by several experts who participated as judges for the first time this year, such as Seth Garber, President and CEO of Bild & Company, and Dan Hutson, Vice President of Communications and Marketing for, among others. To learn more about this year’s expert judging panel, visit

To read more about this year’s Best Senior Living Awards, Finalists, Winners and People’s Choice Winners, visit

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