Podcasts are an increasingly popular method of entertainment and education for people of all ages—including seniors! In fact, they’re a great way to stay engaged and keep you learning as you age. Whether you prefer to listen to podcasts while you go for a walk, sit outside, or enjoy the air conditioning, they’re portable and can go where you go.
The staff at Episcopal Retirement Services offers a handful of podcast recommendations for seniors that can appeal to a number of different interests and personalities. Chances are you’ll find one you enjoy on this list.
1. The Linkage Podcast by ERS
Let’s start off with what’s arguably our favorite podcast, although we may be a little biased. Episcopal Retirement Services launched their podcast earlier this year to showcase some of their residents’ stories, as well as share interests and issues that are important to the seniors in our retirement communities. The goal of the Linkage Podcast is to create a link between ERS’s programs and communities, including Deupree House. The most recent episode actually features an interview with one of our residents, Barbara Talbot!
2. Stuff You Missed in History Class
For seniors who have always had an affinity for history, this podcast will help you fill in the gaps of events that likely weren’t taught in your history classes throughout your school years. History is such a broad topic that only so much can fit into the pages of a textbook and the hour-long class periods. Explore fascinating historical facts and events with Stuff You Missed in History Class.
More of a true-crime fan? Criminal covers a broad range of cases and packages them into quick episodes that are 30 minutes or less. Get ready to be at the edge of your seat as you hear about crimes of all kinds. With more than 140 episodes ready for you, it’s time to pull up a chair.
4. You Must Remember This
For anyone who loves Hollywood and movies from its first century, hear stories of the actors and actresses who made Hollywood what it was. There are plenty of secrets and forgotten moments from long ago, and You Must Remember This is uncovering them and sharing them with you.
5. Guided Meditation
Whether you’re feeling stressed or not, incorporating meditation into your daily routine can be a great way to decompress and calm the brain and body at any time. With episodes ranging between nine and 25 minutes, you’re sure to find something to fit with your schedule.
6. Planet Money
For anyone who enjoys talking or learning about economics, Planet Money from NPR is a great podcast choice. You’ll learn about a wide variety of topics, ranging from shortening prison stays to the true value of a penny. Anything that could impact the economy is fair game.
7. The Daily
If you’re looking for a way to stay up-to-date on the latest news and information, consider following The Daily by New York Times reporter Michael Barbaro. He takes you inside the story and shares context and analysis around the day’s news. He’ll also bring other reporters onto episodes to share their most recent findings.
8. Good Job, Brain!
Are you a trivia fan? Do you look forward to Jeopardy! every night? If so, you may have just found your new favorite podcast. Good Job, Brain! is a quiz show that will help keep your brain sharp across a wide range of subjects. This is a great way for seniors to stay engaged with new pieces of trivia.
For any senior who wants to stay engaged and keep their brain sharp, these podcasts are a great place to start. No matter what your preferred genre is, there are plenty of options out there. If one of these doesn’t strike your fancy, search your favorite podcast platform to see what resonates with you. Happy listening!