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Podcasts great entertainment for older adults seeking “radio on demand”

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Podcasts are like radio through your computer, offering a range of entertaining topics to listen to. Photo: Metro Creative Connection

Podcasting has been the big thing in entertainment for a few years now with trivia, true crime, news programs and more popping up all the time. Like radio, podcasts follow an audio format. Unlike radio, they are not broadcast over the airwaves, but instead through the internet. There's no need to wait for a specific showtime as podcasts offer the flexibility to tune in anytime and anywhere.  

Podcasts come in a wide range of genres. News hounds can get updates through programs like “Front Burner”, the CBC’s daily roundup of all things newsworthy in Canada. Those musically inclined can relax to the tunes on “Lux Radio Theatre”, a genuine classic radio anthology series. Trivia buffs can test out their knowledge on quiz shows like “Good Job, Brain!” 

There’s also no shortage of health and wellness programming options, such as the popular “Life with Dementia” podcast by Caregivers Alberta, that provides information for those living with dementia and their friends and families. No matter your interest, there’s a podcast for you.

In January, Age Friendly Edmonton--a collaboration between the Edmonton Seniors Coordinating Council and City of Edmonton--launched the city’s first intentionally intergenerational podcast, “The Shared Mic: Conversations for the Ages”. This unique interview-style podcast brings together people at different ages for rich conversations. Topics explored in season one included finding love, making friends, exploring one’s identity, technology and theatre. Season two launches October 5 and features a whole new roster of topics, including volunteerism, virtual theatre, music, academia and more. Learn more about The Shared Mic at thesharedmic.blubrry.net. 

To start listening to podcasts, all you need is an internet connection and access to a computer, smartphone or tablet device. 

To listen on a computer:

  1. Open your web browser (e.g. Internet Explorer, Google Chrome or Safari).
  2. Visit a podcasting website. We suggest Google Podcasts, Apple Podcasts or Spotify.
  3. Search the name of the podcast and enjoy! 

To listen on a smartphone or tablet:

  1. Download a podcasting app from your device’s app store. If you’re using an Apple device, check for the purple “podcast” app that comes pre-installed. 
  2. Make an account on the app you’ve decided to use and enjoy!

You can use the “browse” or “explore” bar on your podcast app and search for keywords that interest you. It’s like using Google or any other search engine. You might be surprised by the variety of entertainment options available at your fingertips! You can also check out the Alberta Podcast Network directory for a listing of podcasts close to home at www.albertapodcastnetwork.com.





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