Are you listening to podcasts? If not, you may be missing out. These audio programs are similar to radio broadcasts, but they’re pre-recorded and available any time you choose to enjoy them.

Podcasts are highly portable — since you can access them through an app on your smartphone or tablet — and come in handy in a variety of settings. You can listen while you wash the dishes, work in the yard or take a walk.

If you’re just getting started with podcasts, you’ll be amazed at the vast range of available subject matter across genres like entertainment, education, hobbies, spirituality, health, current events and more. Here are a few of the best podcasts we’ve discovered for retirees.

Senior Fitness Radio

If you’re into exercise or hope to get started, Senior Fitness Radio can help. While this podcast has only a small number of episodes under its belt, the content should be of interest to the fitness-minded. Recent topics include weight training along with improving flexibility and balance.

Stuff You Missed in History Class

Lifelong learners will love this podcast from the well-known web resource HowStuffWorks. Episodes focus on interesting, history-related subjects you might not have studied in school. Recent topics include “A Brief History of Veterinary Medicine” and “The Extinction of the Stephens Island Wren,” a bird species in New Zealand.

Retirement Talk

The Retirement Talk podcast bills itself as appealing to individuals who have retired or who are considering retirement. Episodes provide advice about finances, health, activities and other subjects that help you improve your retirement lifestyle. Adult children of retired people also can benefit from the podcast by relating more closely to their parents as they age.

Living Authentically After 55

The description for this podcast notes that retiring can be similar to completing high school because it represents a fresh start in life. Living authentically is all about who you are as an individual and not about material possessions or other external influences. Recent shows focus on singing yourself healthy, avoiding stress and considering how others see you.

This American Life

While this podcast isn’t strictly for retired people, it’s perfect for mature audiences with the patience to follow meaningful stories. Recent shows include people considering whether intelligent life exists elsewhere in the universe, past and current pirates, and people who take on dangerous jobs.

Good Job, Brain!

If you’re interested in stimulating your mind, another podcast that may fit the bill is Good Job, Brain! This trivia podcast focuses on learning facts, with episodes focusing on different themes. The podcast, part quiz show and part “offbeat news,” bills itself as nutrition for your brain.

How Can You Get Started With Podcasts?

If you’re not familiar with podcasts or how to listen, don’t be intimidated. If you’re using an iPad or iPhone, just look for the Podcasts app, search and subscribe to any podcasts that interest you. If you sync your device with your computer, you can add podcasts through the desktop iTunes software.

Many podcasts also are available for streaming directly from the web, either through the podcasts’ own websites or via web-based services like or BlogTalkRadio.

On Android devices, you can choose among a variety of both free and paid apps that you download to your phone. If you want more information about downloading and listening to podcasts, you can find plenty of tips online.

The Overlook offers a variety of ways to continue learning in a supportive living environment. Whatever your interests or hobbies, you’ll find clubs and enrichment programs to help you nurture your mind, body and spirit. Contact us today to plan your visit.