Lifelong Learning: Top Podcasts for Seniors and Benefits of Listening to Them
Today’s seniors are unlike any generation before them. With so many incredible lifestyle options available to them like the ability to constantly stay connected to loved ones, multiple luxury retirement communities to choose from and the opportunity to enjoy extremely full social lives – the golden years are something that we can all look forward to.
The modern senior also has access to the internet and lots of new technology, giving them the ability to enjoy the world at their fingertips. One of the easiest ways for seniors to explore new ideas, perspectives and cultures is to tune into their favorite podcasts each week. Ideal for keeping you entertained when you’re working out, cleaning the house or simply getting in a bit of rest and relaxation – podcasts ensure that the modern senior can always keep their minds active and learning.
So, what new podcasts should our residents be listening to? Keep reading to learn more about our top podcasts picks for seniors!
The Benefits of Becoming a Regular Podcast Listener
Listening to your favorite podcast can be much more than just pure entertainment. In fact, experts agree that podcasts can help seniors in a variety of different ways including:
- Providing inspiration and a way to explore new interests and ideas
- Staying educated and informed on national and world topics
- Learning new ways to achieve personal and professional growth
- An easy way to escape from your day-to-day routine without turning on the television
- Similar to reading, listening to audio can help to keep the brain healthy and active
Our Top 5 Favorite Podcasts for Seniors
1. Good Job, Brain!
While every podcast out there can easily become a regular mental stimulant by engaging their audience and helping them to learn new things, “Good Job, Brain!” is designed to take learning to a whole other level. What is essentially an interactive quiz show, listeners can participate in each podcast on their own or with a group of friends or family members. While new episodes are only posted about once a month, that’ll give you plenty of time to brush up on your trivia knowledge and aim to beat your previous high score!
2. Stuff You Missed in History Class
You don’t have to be a history buff to enjoy this fascinating podcast series. Produced for the popular website How Stuff Works, this fun and entertaining show focuses on – you guessed it – “The Stuff You Missed in History Class.” Diving deeper into the many social, cultural and political events that helped shape our world today, there is something for everyone to enjoy when they tune in each week.
3. Lux Radio Theater
While this podcast is now available on iTunes, it was originally produced during the 1930s, 40s and 50s. Having previously been adapted into several screenplays starring the likes of Hollywood legends including John Wayne and Judy Garland, this is the ideal podcast for any senior who misses the simple pleasures of old-time radio. In fact, you may be surprised to find that you’re already familiar with the opening line for the show, “Ladies and gentlemen, Lux presents Hollywood!”
4. This American Life
As one of the nation’s most beloved and popular podcasts, “This American Life” is dedicated to covering a wide range of subjects. With more than 2.5 million listeners tuning in each week, it’s easy to see that their strategy is working wonders. On the air since 1995, new listeners can find stories that include ruminations on summer camp, stories about military life and much more.
5. Planet Money
Although this is a podcast that primarily focuses on the economy, it is far from boring! In fact, many regular audience members enjoy this podcast for the way that it helps to break down complicated economic issues, so anyone can understand them and form their own opinions on them as well. Combining informative insights along with a bit of wit and much-needed humor, “Planet Money” is a great podcast option for anyone who likes to stay on top of current events and important economic matters.
Learn More and Stay Engaged with the World Around You
At The Philadelphia Protestant Home, we are dedicated to providing our community members with access to the best that life has to offer. Whether you’re interested in learning more about the benefits of independent living or you want to dive into a new world of learning with podcasts and other great activities offered on campus, our friendly team is here to help! For more information about life here at our continuing care retirement community, contact our team online today.