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9 Podcasts Fit for Retirees

Most are free and cover topics from scams and financial planning to retirement living and Alzheimer's.

Podcasts are seemingly popping up everywhere these days. Akin to a radio show or an audiobook, you can access these pieces of prerecorded audio content on a computer or mobile device. You can find podcasts focusing on retirement, finances, aging well or nearly any other interest that suits you.

Besides expanding your knowledge, listening to podcasts can benefit you in other ways. Darlene Howard, age 72, sometimes uses podcasts to help her keep up her walking routine. A former principal investigator at the Cognitive Aging Lab at Georgetown University, Howard knows from her research that exercising is the best way to maintain cognitive health as she ages.

But “walking can get pretty boring,” Howard says, so she uses her exercise time for podcast listening. “This makes me look forward to the walk and often to extend it, so I can finish a particularly interesting piece.”

Podcasts can help you keep up with current events and learn new things, even with the sensory losses that sometimes accompany aging, Howard says. “You can listen to podcasts even if you have vision problems, and you can play them at the volume that is best for you if you use earphones,” she says. “You don’t need to hold a book for an extended period in order to enjoy them, a boon if you are suffering from painful arthritis.”

Many podcasts comprise episodes that are part of a series. You can listen to a single episode, or sign up to subscribe to a particular podcast to get new episodes sent to your device automatically and typically free.

There are a lot of ways to access podcasts. You can download podcasts and podcast apps from Apple’s App Store or Google Play for Android-based devices. Find podcasts through online audio services such as Stitcher, Spotify, and TuneIn. NPR has a national podcast directory.

Pick a Podcast

No matter what your hobbies or interests are, you likely can find a podcast to fit. As a Kiplinger’s reader, for instance, you might be interested in listening to Kiplinger’s “Your Money’s Worth” podcast. Weekly episodes offer insights on retirement, taxes and investing, among other topics.

For deep dives into retirement issues, Michael Kitces, a partner at Pinnacle Advisory Group in Columbia, Md., recommends “Mad Fientist,” which focuses on early retirement, and “Retirement Answer Man” hosted by financial planner Roger Whitney.

The Center for Retirement Research at Boston College launched “CRR Essentials,” a podcast that explains its research on money and retirement. A recent episode focused on the impact of motherhood on women’s Social Security benefits.

AARP offers several podcasts, including “Take on Today,” with former NPR host Bob Edwards, with episodes for age 50-plus adults on health, work, entertainment, volunteering and other topics. “The Perfect Scam” examines financial fraud, from IRS impersonators to Medicare fraud. “There’s actionable content in all our podcasts and issues that are important for families and people of all ages to talk about,” says AARP executive vice president Martha Boudreau.

A variety of podcasts cover health and wellness as you age. The Leonard Davis School of Gerontology at the University of Southern California launched “Lessons in Lifespan Health,” which features the science behind improving how we live and age. Journalist Lisa Napoli hosts “Gracefully,” which shares stories on aging, such as dealing with caregiving stress.

And Alzheimer’s disease expert and advocate David Shenk co-hosts “The Forgetting,” a podcast that talks about living with Alzheimer’s. Shenk co-hosts the series with Greg O’Brien, who was diagnosed with early-onset Alzheimer’s in 2009 at age 59.

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