Getting older can be challenging, no matter how well adjusted you are. Not only are physical aches and pains more prevalent, but you also have to face tough questions about the future, including how to make your retirement money last, navigating estate planning and considering senior living.
Luckily, you don’t have to figure everything out on your own. Today there are more resources available on these topics than ever before, including books, the Internet and more recently, a growing number of podcasts. Here are a few of the best podcasts of 2017 about getting older.
1. OMG I’m Getting Older and So Is My Mom
Aging shouldn’t be all doom and gloom. In fact, a regular dose of well-delivered humor can help alleviate the struggles of getting older. Scott Greenberg is the down-to-earth host of the radio show “Oh My God, I’m Getting Older and So Is My Mom.”
Greenberg gives helpful insights around making aging-related decisions based on his experience as president of senior home care company Palm Beach ComForcare. He also offers tips for adult children who want to help their aging parents enjoy a comfortable retirement.
2. Aging GreatFully
“Aging GreatFully” is a podcast devoted to motivating and inspiring older adults to think about where they’ve been and where they want to go in the future. Hosted by gerontologist Holley Kelley, episodes features innovative authors, nutritionists, aging experts and other influencers.
Through collaboration with experts from around the globe, Kelley offers listeners information and inspiration to help seniors love life at all ages. The show can be found on the Contact Talk Radio Network, a radio platform with shows focusing on health, spirituality, environmental issues and activism.
3. Call Kira About Aging
“Call Kira About Aging” is a highly informational podcast that covers a wide variety of age-related topics from colon health to caring for senior pets. Host Kira Reginato draws on her two decades of experience in elder care management to bring listeners useful information about all aspects of the aging process.
She invites a variety of experts to break down topics of interest to older adults and make them easier to understand. Some examples include how to apply for veterans’ benefits, dealing with ageism, how to use new technologies and moving on after losing a spouse.
4. Live Long and Master Aging
The path to getting older is often marked by new and unexpected physical challenges. Peter Bowes, host of the podcast “Live Long and Master Aging” (LLAMA) invites scientists and other aging experts to discuss ways to extend our “healthspan” and enjoy great health for as long as possible.
Listeners will enjoy the variety of topics covered in the podcast. Recent episodes ranged from a discussion on how modern media impacts health, to an interview with musician Herb Alpert, to envisioning a bathroom of the future that promotes longevity and health.
5. Healthy Aging
The aging process is not the same for everyone, but many age-related challenges can be reduced by focusing on your health as you grow older. Dr. Denise Bogard is the host of “Healthy Aging” and has a long, successful background in the health field. She finished medical school in 1989 and uses her expertise to help seniors learn how to take care of their aging bodies.
Bogard’s program provides helpful information about how to control blood sugar, optimize hormone balance, limit toxin exposure and live an overall healthier life in retirement. Whether you’re struggling with arthritis, diabetes, autoimmune disease or general health challenges, you’ll find a wealth of information about how to age as healthfully as possible by listening to this podcast.
6. Don’t Act Your Age
Ashton Applewhite is the outspoken host of the podcast “Don’t Act Your Age” and author of the book “This Chair Rocks: A Manifesto Against Aging.” She uses a somewhat irreverent, refreshingly honest approach and isn’t afraid to address society’s unhealthy obsession with youth. The podcast is designed to help adults over 50 embrace the natural process of aging gracefully, without shame or feeling marginalized by society.
7. The Inner Game of Aging
As the name suggests, “The Inner Game of Aging” is a podcast that emphasizes how getting older can be treated like a game. Lee Mowatt weaves a positive message throughout the podcast series as he addresses challenging questions about age-related issues such as how to find greater happiness and purpose in retirement. Mowatt encourages seniors and those caring for aging loved ones to make the most of the aging process and create a meaningful legacy.