Top Podcasts for Senior Living at Lakewood Retirement Community

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Top Podcasts for Seniors

On-demand technology has changed the way we live and learn. Take for example, podcasts. Although they’ve been around for over a decade, podcasts are becoming more and more popular. They’re a great way to learn about or be entertained by virtually any topic that interests you — from history, art, true crime, home improvement, or just really great stories.

If you’re new to podcasts or have been listening to them for years, this post will suggest apps where you can stream, or download, a podcast. It also has 23 programs for you to check out, including some of the best educational podcasts for adults and best podcasts for seniors.

Getting started

To start streaming podcasts on your computer or smartphone, all you need is an internet connection. If you’re someone who is out and about during the day, streaming on your smartphone lets you take your podcasts with you.

Here are some of the podcast services you can download to start searching for interesting topics: 

If you’re ready to dive in, we’ve suggested a few of the best podcasts for seniors and best educational podcasts for adults below. If you find something you like, you can start listening just by selecting a link.

23 podcasts for seniors

The great thing about podcasts is you can find something to fit any taste. This is by no means a definitive list, but is meant as a way to introduce you to a wide variety of topics.

Aging in Full Bloom: Hosted by Lisa Stockdale, this insightful, empowering show focuses on keeping a positive mindset, memory care, hospice, nutrition, assisted living, and more topics of interest to seniors.

Ask Me Another: Join host Ophira Eisenberg and house musician Jonathan Coulton for a show full of games, puzzles and music – all in front of a live audience.

The Better Health While Aging Podcast: Practicing geriatrics specialist Dr. Leslie Kernisan, MD, MPH, and her guests discuss common health problems that affect people over age 60 and the best way to prevent and manage them.

Conspiracy Theories: Even if you don’t believe in conspiracy theories, your skeptical hosts explain where they came from and why they’re widely believed (or not). At the end of each explanation, the hosts will also give you a rating on how plausible each theory actually is.

Criminal: Host Phoebe Judge’s story-driven show interviews the people who are directly involved with the crime in some way or another. She also focuses on the sociological and historical aspects of crime. 

Dirty John: Reported and hosted by Christopher Goffard from the L.A. Times, this podcast is the  true and complex story of when Debra Newell meets John Meehan, a seemingly great guy that turns out to be rotten underneath.

Ear Hustle: Life inside prison may not be how it seems. Earlonne Woods, a former San Quentin State Prison inmate, and Nigel Poor, a Bay Area visual artist, work together to give you insight into life behind bars.

Freakonomics Radio: Host Stephen J. Dubner makes the riddles of everyday life fascinating and provides insight by viewing them through the lens of socioeconomics.

Good Job, Brain: This interactive quiz show showcases random and strange trivia facts on a wide range of topics. This is a great activity to do with friends and a wonderful way to exercise your brain. 

Guided Meditations: Psychotherapist Tara Brach walks you through calm discussions of body and mind to help you manage life’s stresses or destress after a long day. Episodes run from 9 to 25 minutes. 

The Handyguys: Each month, a home improvement project is chosen, along with helpful instructions on how to tackle it. Each podcast also features videos to show you some of the processes they discuss.

How I Built This, with Guy Raz: Host Guy Raz dives into some of the world’s best-known companies — Dyson, The Home Depot, or Southwest Airlines — and tells the stories of how they were formed. 

Living to 100 Club: Successful aging topics include staying positive in the face of adversity, healthy lifestyles, starting new chapters, and doing what you can’t. Guests share their stories and give wellness advice.

Mature Prenerus Talk with Diana Todd-Banks: Host Diana Todd-Banks talks with inspirational entrepreneurs in their 50s, 60s, and 70s, proving it’s never too late to start something new. Learn all about the good, the bad, and the ugly in the process of creating something from nothing, and how to do it yourself.

The Mike Lupica Podcast: Newspaper columnist Mike Lupica hosts a podcast to offer  his insider’s perspective on sports and the politics associated with it. 

The Moth: As a not-for-profit organization, the mission of The Moth is to spread the art and craft of storytelling. Most of the shows have to do with unique and unpredictable stories about human and social experiences.

Not Old – Better: Award-winning journalist Paul Vogelzang focuses on issues and topics of interest to those 50 and better by interviewing sports stars, celebrities, health experts and ordinary folks who live extraordinary lives. 

Next Question with Katie Couric: This podcast covers the people, movements, and issues changing our lives and redefining our world.

Science Friday: Host Ira Flatow interviews scientists, authors, and policymakers about science, technology, health and the environment. Each episode is varied and covers at least a couple of topics.

Stuff You Missed in History Class: If you’ve always been fascinated by history, this podcast will give you the stories that are often left out of the history books.

Stuff You Should Know: Hosts Josh Clark and Chuck Bryant get to the bottom of really odd questions. Join them and learn about knife throwing, hoarding, hang gliding, ice cream, jet lag and more.

TED Radio Hour: TED, which stands for Technology, Entertainment, Design, takes a journey through fascinating ideas, astonishing inventions, fresh approaches to old problems and new ways to think and create.

This American Life: The show covers a wide variety of topics, but each episode has several funny, touching and unique stories revolving around that week’s theme. 

Make every day more interesting.

At Lakewood, we believe part of living the life you envision is pursuing things that interest you. That’s why we offer a variety of senior living services and amenities designed to keep you active and engaged. To learn more about our lifestyle, senior living events and aging-well philosophy, fill out our contact form.