By Paul Briand, Journalist & Baby Boomer Expert
There is something for just about every Baby Boomer when it comes to enjoyable websites.
They – and we – are everywhere. The Baby Boom generation that arrived as the babies of the World War II generation is the largest demographic on the planet.
Generally speaking, Baby Boomers are those born between 1946 and 1964, though there are clear distinctions between the older among us and the younger among us.
How Baby Boomers have grown – and now, how they’re aging – has changed. This, in turn, is changing our culture, politics, economy, and health industry.
Do a Google search of “Baby Boomers” and you get about 4 million webpage results.
So in narrowing my list for the Boomer sites that I recommend, I focused on the following:
* Quantity of reliable resources
* Quality of information
* Website ease of use
* Dedication to the greater good of Boomers
I settled on sites that have wide appeal and those with a more narrowed focus, everything from general interest to employment to dating.
Best Baby Boomer Websites:
The leader of the pack is the web site. More so than any other website, AARP represents, for better or worse, the very broad interests of Baby Boomers, particularly when it comes to the broad issues such as healthcare. AARP took some flak from many of its dues-paying members for getting involved in promoting healthcare reform, but give AARP its due for being out there in an aggressive way for Baby Boomers.
After AARP, my list has no real hierarchy, but I decided to number the list anyway. Following are 12 more sites that I find useful, entertaining, and creative:
2. The Baby Boomer Knowledge Center has a certain Zen to its offerings. Subcategories include: Resourceful, Wistful, Impactful, Engaging.
3. Eons.com tries to be everything to all Boomers. It has games, member postings, recipes, socializing, and other features that appeal to wide interests. (If you like Eons, then here are some other sites to visit: BoomAration, 55Alive and Livin’ Life Boomer Style.)
4. Grandparents.com may seem a little premature for many of us, but Baby Boomers are very rapidly becoming grandparents. And in the same way that we have been different parents than our parents, we’ll be different grandparents than our grandparents for sure. Grandparents.com helps show the way.
5. Third Age focuses on aging well, and health and wellness. There’s plenty of information on numerous topics that concern Boomers here. A large panel of experts provides great insight into many of the challenges of growing older as a Boomer.
6. Baby Boomer Talk Online provides some Boomer-inspired videos that will bring a smile to your face (think Ferris Bueller lip-synching The Beatles).
7. VibrantNation.com is a Boomer woman-centric site: love and sex, health and fitness, fashion and beauty, work and money. (The National Association of Baby Boomer Women site has similar offerings.)
8. The Boomer Market Advisor plays to the retirement needs of Baby Boomers. (In that vein, if you haven’t already, you should become familiar with the Social Security website and in particular its benefits estimator.)
10. SonicBoomers is a music guide for Baby Boomers who are willing to pull away from their favorite oldies radio station. This site will keep you in the loop on the music you grew up with and will introduce you to the music you may find appealing as you gray.
11. 2BoomerBabes has a different take on its approach to Baby Boomer issues – its mediums include online, radio, and podcasts.
12. If you’re looking for a mate, check out Baby Boomer People Meet.
13. And I’d be remiss if I didn’t put my two cents in for Examiner.com and yours truly , the Baby Boomer Examiner. Examiner has a lot of focused, narrowly niched writing, and it is well respected because it fills a need for information about Baby Boomer issues.
About the Author of “Top 13 Baby Boomer Websites”
Paul Briand spent 33 years in newspaper journalism. Based in New Hampshire, he now writes about issues of interest to Baby Boomers.