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Podcasts for Seniors

Podcasts have become increasingly popular in recent years, and for good reason. From finance and politics to pop culture and fashion, podcast topics cater to diverse interests, offering an option for every listener. Plus, it's easy to pop in your headphones and listen to an episode while cleaning your apartment, going for a walk or working on an art project. 

And podcasts aren't just for younger crowds. The industry has expanded to capture the attention of all age groups. Learn how Independent Living residents can benefit from listening to podcasts and the top five options to check out.

Benefits of Listening to Podcasts for Seniors

Podcasts have been around since 2004 but became popular among the general public in the past decade. Most podcasts follow a regular schedule, with new episodes released weekly or monthly and are available on the internet to stream or download.

If this sounds daunting, Aberdeen Heights can help. Through our Just Ask lifelong learning series, we offer seminars on topics relevant to seniors, including technology basics, and can help you master the skill of accessing your favorite podcast on the internet. 

Listening to podcasts can help you establish a new hobby and give you something to look forward to. It also offers a host of other benefits for seniors, including:

  • Entertainment. As a form of digital entertainment, podcasts can help you escape from the real world, offering a break from everyday routines and responsibilities. 
  • Accessibility. Podcasts are available on the internet and apps such as Spotify and Apple Podcasts. You can stream or download episodes directly on your phone or tablet from the comfort of your apartment or one of Aberdeen Height's shared community spaces, including the library or outdoor courtyard. 
  • World connections. If you feel out of touch with current events, pop culture or social issues, podcasts can help you feel more connected and strike up engaging conversations with family or friends. 
  • Learning opportunities. Podcasts also offer lifelong learning opportunities. Whether you want to learn a new language or weird historical facts, there's probably a podcast that explores that topic. 

5 Podcasts for Seniors

If you're intrigued by podcasts but aren't sure where to start, check out these five recommendations. 

Stuff You Should Know

Have you ever wondered about the origins of champagne or what was really going on during the alien abduction phenomenon of the 1960s? Stuff You Should Know provides intriguing answers and insights to these topics and so much more. Launched in 2008, this podcast explores the most iconic events and ideas in American culture, providing a mix of entertainment, education and societal commentary. 

Wiser Than Me

Featuring actress and comedian Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Wiser Than Me is full of hilarious, intimate conversations with older women sharing the memories and wisdom they've acquired throughout their lives. This award-winning podcast debuted in 2023 and has hosted iconic guests, including Jane Fonda and Carol Burnett. Tune in to laugh and learn alongside some of the wisest, most talented women in the entertainment industry. 

The Not Old – Better Show

For those aged 50 and older, topics including healthy eating, the effects of Alzheimer's and 1960s nostalgia may be of great interest. If this is true for you, check out The Not Old – Better Show, a podcast hosted by award-winning journalist Paul Vogelzang. The show features a range of guests, including health and nutrition experts, sports and entertainment stars and ordinary people doing extraordinary things. Fostering the uplifting message of it's never too late to pursue your passions, this podcast may encourage you to try something new and adventurous. 

Next Question With Katie Couric

An award-winning journalist, documentary filmmaker and best-selling author, Katie Couric expanded her entertainment footprint in 2016 with Next Question With Katie Couric. Spanning over 300 episodes, this podcast features intimate one-on-one interviews with the world's most interesting, influential people. Katie Couric has never been afraid to dig deep and ask the big questions. By listening to this podcast, you'll gain new insights about the world and stay informed on the hottest issues in America. 

TED Radio Hour

If you've ever watched a TED Talk, listening to TED Radio Hour is a must. Host Manoush Zomorodi encourages listeners to learn more about the world and their communities by asking some of the biggest questions of our time. From the health benefits of walking to the mysterious inner workings of the brain, the podcast delves deep into stimulating topics with expert guests eager to share their professional knowledge. 

Cozy Up With a Podcast and Enjoy Maintenance-Free Living at Aberdeen Heights

At Aberdeen Heights, our residents have many fascinating interests, and we strive to accommodate them all. Each month, we offer a bustling schedule of activities and events, including art classes, exercise programs and cooking demonstrations. By encouraging a maintenance-free lifestyle, we ensure our residents have ample time to engage in their favorite hobbies, learn new skills or find a podcast to lose themselves in.

If you're seeking a change of pace and scenery, explore Aberdeen Heights in Kirkwood, Missouri. Contact us today at 314-909-6000 to schedule an in-person visit and learn more about our community

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