Seniors are more tech-savvy than ever, and many of them confidently use an iPad, smartphone or other device to stay connected. We often recommend that seniors consider using their tablet to stay in touch with family and friends, read an e-book (in large print, if necessary) or listen to an audiobook, but there’s another great use for these devices: listening to a podcast. As we head towards the winter months and spend more time indoors, you may want to bookmark a few of these programs!
There are countless podcasts to choose from, so we’ve rounded up a few senior-friendly picks to start with. Most of these programs are available on multiple platforms including Apple Podcasts, Spotify and more. Here are some entertaining, educational and emotionally engaging podcasts that are great for seniors. Happy listening!
1. Quirks and Quarks
This CBC podcast is a recorded version of the popular radio show hosted by Bob McDonald, a Canadian scientist and journalist with a knack for telling stories. Listeners will learn interesting scientific facts from McDonald’s narratives on space, the environment, wildlife, the human body and more. You’ll be intrigued and amazed! Each episode is just under an hour long.
2. The Vinyl Cafe
Another popular Canadian radio program, Stuart McLean’s Vinyl Cafe is available as a podcast on Apple, Spotify and other platforms. Listeners will enjoy engaging stories, essays and music curated by the host—get ready to laugh, feel nostalgic and learn something new each week! Because most episodes were recorded on stage in front of an audience, there’s a “live” feeling akin to attending a show. A great way to pass the time!
3. Consider This
Consider This is an NPR podcast that offers a closer look at one of the day’s top news stories in clear, interesting, senior-friendly 15 minute snippets. It’s informative, interesting and always current. The program is updated almost every day and is available on Apple podcasts. Consider This is the ideal podcast pick for an academic or news buff!
4. The Book Review
An engaging New York Times podcast that’s updated weekly, The Book Review offers interesting conversations with authors, essayists and other literary figures. Some episodes are longer than others but most clock in between 30 and 60 minutes. This podcast is ideal for seniors who love to read or enjoy conversational, interview-based talk radio programs.
5. Go To Grandma
Go To Grandma is a fun-yet-serious look at the issues facing today’s grandparents. Hosted by Kathy Buckworth, a Canadian author and television personality, Go To Grandma features a variety of guest experts talking about aging, sleep health, money, travel, family matters and more. There’s plenty of content to choose from, so pick an episode and enjoy!
If you have a favourite podcast, we’d love to know about it—please add your thoughts in the comments on Facebook. Thanks as always for reading, and take care!