Seniors are one of the fastest growing demographics accessing the internet. The web provides them with opportunities to enjoy a life-long love of learning, and gain inspiration and information for living a more fulfilled and active life.
Some of the best and most entertaining internet resources for seniors are podcasts and YouTube channels, which provide easily accessible information, and aren’t too difficult to navigate. So, to introduce your senior parents to the web, here are some of the best podcasts and YouTube channels about active senior living.
This YouTube channel is based on a documentary of the same name about seniors exploring the Internet. The videos on this channel discuss the benefits of the Internet for the elderly, how they can access it and how to feel comfortable using technology. YouTube is generally populated by young people, but Cyber-Seniors is a space for encouraging seniors to create and upload videos and tutorials, with a lot of humor and compassion thrown in the mix. This is the perfect place to start for seniors not yet familiar with navigating the Net.
Senior Living Magazine is part of a media house dedicated to seniors hoping to get the most out of life after retirement. This channel uses personal stories of seniors to show them the possibilities of what can be achieved when you live an active lifestyle, and the /importance of staying social and connecting with others as you age/
There is a real emphasis placed on staying physically active and promoting health and well-being, with many videos showing the athletic achievements of seniors, as well as ways to stay fit well into your later years, no matter your level of mobility. Many of the videos also encompass subjects such as fulfilling hobbies for seniors, entertainment, business and travel.
Over50 and Fantabulous is a mixed bag of a channel hosted by the charismatic and very funny Lyn. Lyn took it upon herself to create a channel that is dedicated to “us old people”. She tackles issues such as body changes and dating after 50, with a healthy dose of humour and quirkiness.
Grow Young Fitness is a great channel for seniors looking to improve their health with some gentle activity from the comfort of their own home. Hosted by personal trainer, Deron Buboltz, this channel combines chair exercises with other body weight and light resistance workouts to improve balance, flexibility, strength and coordination.
Each workout has been designed with seniors in mind by adapting effective exercise techniques to suit those with less mobility. Buboltz also addresses issues such as natural arthritis pain management and preventing falls.
2nd Act TV is an online lifestyle channel dedicated to men and women over 50. Most videos are filmed as a talk-show-style format and include interviews with experts on aging, and the easy conversation allows them to discuss topics such as society’s attitudes towards aging, sexual health and intimacy for seniors, and living a purposeful and passionate life. There are also many videos about staying fit and healthy as you age, with some great videos about exercising safely and information about physical health and wellness.
This channel is fun for people of all ages, but seniors will especially enjoy the nostalgia of looking back at a truly amazing collection of vintage toys and gadgets. The channel’s host, Tim, has been collecting quirky and amazing toys for the last 30 years. In each video, he gives a little of the history of the toy and demonstrates how it works. It is a light-hearted, and often hilarious, look at how toys have developed and the importance of preserving traditional ways of invention rather than turning to the latest high-tech trend.
For anyone not familiar with the podcasting format, this is a fantastic way to begin exploring the medium. Podcasting essentially works in the same way as a radio program, so for seniors who loved listening to the radio, this is perfect.
Lux Radio Theatre originally aired as a popular radio drama program in the 1930s through the 1950s, adapting favorite films and Broadway plays voiced by some of the most iconic names in the business. Some podcast episodes even feature some of the original vintage radio commercials for added authenticity.
Keep seniors’ minds sharp with this fun and informative podcast, produced for the website How Stuff Works, and hosted by Tracy Wilson and Holly Frey. This podcast explores the social, political and cultural origins of many of historical events that are sometimes overlooked in many history classes. Two episodes are produced each week, and a huge range of varying topics are covered, from the history of foreign food to the U.S. to the creation of Wonder Woman, there is something for everyone.
Mental and spiritual well-being is just as important as maintaining physical health, and meditation provides an effective and enjoyable way to relieve stress, anxiety and a host of other emotional issues related to aging.
Tara Brach is the founder of one of the biggest meditation centers in the country. Her previous studies in psychotherapy, combined with her knowledge of Buddhist teachings and meditation practices, make her a wonderful guide, especially for meditation beginners.
Senior Fitness Radio was created by Physical Therapist Doug Schrift as a way for the elderly to not only maintain their physical health but also their independence. Each episode deals with a different aspect of fitness: balance, flexibility or strength. He also hosts guest stars on his program, such as former International Olympic Weightlifter, Tim Caso, for inspiration and ideas about exercise for seniors.
Staying active during the later years doesn’t have to mean strenuous workouts, simply having a project to keep them occupied can be a wonderful way to keep both their mind and body healthy.
The Handy Guys podcast is hosted by Brian and Paul, husbands and fathers who have plenty of experience in home improvement. Each episode provides clear instructions for DIY home improvements. They pepper the instructions with funny little anecdotes, which makes listening an absolute pleasure. The podcast also gives some great information about home safety. And for those who are hard of hearing, there are videos to go along with many of the podcasts.
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