Eat well, stay fit, keep your brain healthy, get enough sleep… these are all things we know we should do but practical advice and suggestions can help. We’ve put together a great list of podcasts, documentaries, blogs and books on aging and staying healthy in our senior years.
Have you heard of podcasts, but aren’t sure how to get started? We’ll show you how to do that as well!
Podcasts are radio shows that are pre-recorded and posted to the internet. They often take the form of a host interviewing guests and experts and are focused around a particular topic. Many podcasts are just for fun telling great human stories, and others seek to inform.
If you’d like to learn how to listen to a podcast on your Apple device, Android device or on your PC, click here to read an article. There is also a handy video from BlueHair Technologies for Apple device users.
Here are some great podcasts about how seniors can stay happy and healthy.
Like it or not, a big factor in how independently people can age is money. The Retirement Answer Man podcast takes a look at how to retire with confidence and explores saving money, deciding when to retire, and staying happy and healthy throughout.
Money Matters is a long running weekly show that focuses on taking control of your finances and talks with real people about their money questions. While not every episode is about retirement, the podcast focuses on it frequently
Meditation has proven benefits to physical and emotional health. The Mindful Minute Podcast is one of many that provide guided meditation.
A podcast that puts you to sleep? That is the goal of the Sleep with Me podcast. These rambling stories where not much happens may help those who have trouble sleeping nod off at night.
Nutrition Facts with Dr. Greger is a podcast focused on how the food we eat can make a big difference in our health. While not focused on senior health, topics include tips on eating to lower blood pressure or prevent Alzheimers.
NPR podcast “Dating While Gray” explores dating and relationships in the senior years. Using life lessons and interviews with people currently looking for love.
Reading is a great way to keep your mind active and sharp as you age. With e-readers that have large print options and audio-books, reading is even more accessible to those seniors who develop poor vision. Find a book genre that appeals to you, or check out these titles on the topic of growing older.
Why did I come into this room?: A Candid Conversation about Aging
Joan Lunden writes about her personal experience with aging in a light and humorous way. Reviews have called it a “What to Expect when you’re expecting” for the aging woman. Also available as an audiobook narrated by Joan.
Successful Aging: A Neuroscientist Explores the Power and Potential of our Lives
Written by a neuroscientist and cognitive psychologist, Successful Aging is a New York Times bestseller that aims to debunk myths about aging and provide practical strategies for improving cognitive ability as you get older. Also available as an audiobook.
Love a good documentary? Curl up on the couch with these films featuring rich stories of senior life and relationships.
This Netflix documentary explores Earth’s natural beauty and examines how climate change impacts all species and regions.
A film featuring seniors living life to the fullest, it follows a photographer’s project to “show that you can be stylish, creative and vital at any age”. Advanced Style is available to rent or by on Vimeo.
A highly praised Sundance Film Festival selection in 2020, this film was purchased by Netflix and set to release later this year. One review describes a “ heartfelt cinematic eulogy to the filmmaker’s living father Richard, made with his good-humored collaboration as he slowly slips into the limbo of Alzheimer’s, it also doubles as a witty, thoughtful rumination on death itself…”
Resource-Rich Websites & Blogs
Aging is a popular topic with hundreds of blogs and websites to suit every particular interest. Here are some websites to visit for well researched articles and frequently updated blogs.
The stated mission of the AARP is to “empower people to choose how they live as they age” and they produce a ton of great content for seniors. They are a member-based organization that offers special benefits, but they also have plenty of free resources online for learning about how to live healthy. New articles and videos get added all the time.
National Institute on Aging
Part of the US Dept. of Health and Human Services, the NIA conducts research on the health and well being of older people. They provide health information on a variety of topics including fitness and wellness, cognitive health, and disease research. You can access the information through their website which features large fonts, and some printed materials on specific concerns can be ordered in print for free.
ThirdAge has information on a wide range of topics for seniors including those related to wellbeing, food, fitness and relationships. A well organized navigation bar helps readers sift through all the content to find just what they are interested in.
National Council on Aging
The NCOA wants to help people meet the challenges of aging. They provide resources on fall prevention and nutrition, and write blogs on healthy living and managing chronic health conditions.
Encouraging people to “age with attitude”, Senior Planet offers courses and programs to help seniors develop new skills through a membership. If you don’t want to become a member, there are still lots of informative articles to help seniors get healthy, avoid scams, connect with others and more.