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Podcasts are taking the world by storm. According to the latest reports, more than 400 million people around the globe listen to at least one podcast. With this surge in popularity has come the release of more than 2 million podcast options. All these choices can make it difficult to determine which podcasts are the ones that are likely to pique your interest and hold your attention, we’ve made a list of the most popular podcasts for seniors.

Next Question With Katie Couric

You may remember her from the Today show, but Katie Couric is back on the air. Her latest podcast series, Next Question with Katie Couric, is gaining traction among today’s seniors.

What’s It About?

You can join Katie as she explores some of today's trending issues, including AI, politics, global turmoil, COVID and the metaverse.

Katie strives to tackle “issues changing our lives and redefining our world.” Her shows include in-depth interviews with some of today’s top figures, including Vice President Kamala Harris, fellow podcaster Brook Shields and singer-songwriter Melissa Etheridge.

Katie even covers issues geared toward seniors, such as Is Aging Getting Old and the Joy of Perseverance. She also goes in-depth about her own cancer scare from diagnosis to treatment.

Who’s It For?

If you loved Katie on the Today show, you’ll enjoy her continuing positive attitude on Next Question with Katie Couric. This podcast is for anyone who wants to explore today’s top issues involving politics, news, pop culture, literature and arts.

Better Health While Aging

This podcast was created by Dr. Leslie Kernisan, a board-certified geriatrician, to bring light to today’s health issues pertaining to seniors.

What’s It About?

Better Health While Aging is specifically designed for seniors and caregivers. Dr. Kernisan, MD, and other geriatric experts provide information and tips to help seniors and caregivers better understand and navigate the many challenges that come with aging.

The podcast covers a wide range of topics, such as hearing loss, cognitive impairment and hospital delirium. It provides tips on various issues, including questions to ask your doctor, how to prevent dehydration and when to get the flu shot. Better Health While Aging even covers nonmedical topics, such as how to handle family conflicts and how to pay for long-term care.

With over 130 episodes available, you can gain a wealth of information and tips on day one.

Who’s It For?

Better Health While Aging is a great podcast for anyone who prioritizes their physical and mental health. It can help answer some of the most important questions you have and provide valuable tips for staying healthy no matter your age.

Aging in Full Bloom

Lisa Stockdale presents Aging in Full Bloom, which focuses on “all forms of wellness as they relate to aging.”

What’s It About?

With the goals of educating, encouraging and entertaining, Aging in Full Bloom discusses topics related to wellness that are important to today’s seniors. Podcast creator Lisa Stockdale vows that no subject is taboo as each episode delves deep into topics of particular interest to seniors.

Topics on the podcast cover everything from understanding arthritis pain to elder laws to life after retirement. You’ll be exposed to book reviews, guest speakers and one-on-one interviews, such as one with Patti Davis, who discusses her role as caregiver to her father, President Ronald Reagan, as he struggled with Alzheimer’s disease.

Who’s It For?

While the primary focus of the show is wellness, it covers a broad range of topics that make it ideal for nearly every senior.

Planet Money

The financial gurus at Planet Money boast that they can take any topic and connect it to the economy. With over 800 episodes already, it appears they can.

What’s It About?

This podcast delves into the topics of finance and business. It discusses a variety of subjects and how they impact the economy. To date, the podcast has covered such things as Groundhog’s Day, ChatGPT and the Andy Warhol case, as well as offbeat topics, including the Maine Potato War of 1976.

While the topics may seem like they’re outside the scope of the financial sector, the hosts of Planet Money show how both current and past events can affect economies around the globe. Best of all, they put it in a way that even those with a limited background in finance, economics or business can understand.

Who’s It For?

Whether you’re an investor who has spent years working in the financial sector or are just interested in today’s economy, Planet Money is a great podcast for you. Each episode brings something new and provides valuable information for both the novice and expert.

Fortunately, Vinson Hall Retirement Community offers numerous spots to enjoy listening to your podcasts. In addition to our spacious accommodations, seniors can make full use of the library and other common areas, as well as our outdoor courtyard and patio.

Contact our Vinson Hall Retirement Community team at (703) 536-4344 to learn more about our Independent Living amenities and accommodations.

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