You’re familiar with YouTube right? The video based platform that garners over 2 billion logged-in users every month? The viral-internet-giant where people watch over a billion hours of video every day? The content flooded digital river that nearly 1/3 of our entire planet’s population has an account with? Well believe it or not, this digital Goliath is not limited to Gen Z or Millennials. In fact, 70% of those aged 46 to 55 and 67% of those 56 and older report they use YouTube. And what’s even better, is that older users on YouTube have some of the best pages and content available for you to view.
1. Tim Rowett – Grand Illusions
An eccentric Brit with a knack for comedy and screen presence, Tim Rowett is the perfect guide for his show that focuses on unusual toys and optical illusions. Tim has been collecting toys for over 30 years and he showcases them in his hit YouTube channel, explaining how they work and why they are worth hanging on to. If you think this sounds childish or boring, wait until you watch. It’s enough to mesmerize anyone – just ask his 1.92 million subscribers.
Check out his video on Euler’s disc (a disc that seemingly takes forever to stop spinning) below and if you feel so inclined, check out the rest of his channel! Most of his videos are 5 minutes or less, so they’re pretty easy to breeze through.
2. ElderGym Fitness for Seniors
Having trouble getting the motivation to work out or pay for a class? Look no further than the ElderGym YouTube page, a place where free strength training and stretch exercises are offered for seniors. Led by Coach Dough Scrift, this channel showcases a variety of workouts designed to work your body without over stressing it. Expect videos on things like back strengthening, cardio fitness and much more. Scrift’s encouraging voice and methodical teaching style make it easy and enjoyable to follow along.
With Doug’s goal being to help seniors become strong and stable regardless of prior exercise habits, you are sure to feel stronger and healthier after watching some videos. See for yourself below.
3. Postmodern Jukebox
One struggle of getting older is keeping up with what’s “hot”. You know, what all the kids are listenin’ to nowadays. Well struggle no more, Postmodern Jukebox is here to save the day. Postmodern Jukebox is a place where modern hit songs are covered in vintage styles. It combines an older preference for relatable music styles with the songs that are popular on the radio today. They also cover classic hits as well, teleporting you back in time to when the song was released. The covers are fun, believable, and musically impressive.
Check out the video below where they showcase the “Friends” theme song, and how it would sound in 1920s to 1990s music styles.
4. National Geographic
We’re all familiar with National Geographic, but did you know they had a YouTube channel with nearly 10,000 videos? Having some of the best produced content on science, exploration, adventure, history and more, Nat Geo provides a plethora of videos ranging from 2 minutes shorts, to 45 minutes shows, all there for your unlimited enjoyment.
New uploads are available every day, and with each day comes a different theme such as history and culture, nature, environment, exploration, science, fun facts, and travel and adventure. Never before has it been so easy to access the beautiful content National Geographic puts out, not to mention for free.
5. Kevin and Lill
You may have heard of Grandma Lill through her appearances on TV with hosts such as Jimmy Kimmel or Steve Harvey. See Lill has become something of an actual celebrity thanks to her grandson Kevin’s secret video recordings of their car ride conversations. Lill, unbeknownst to her, had grown very popular through these videos and started to wonder why so many people were recognizing her on the street. Now fully aware of her stardom, Lill and her grandson Kevin continue to make lots of videos exploring new ideas and situations.
Lill’s hilarious personality carries the show and her grandson Kevin does a great job of creating scenarios that highlight her hilarity. The channel is great for older folks because they can often relate to Lill’s reactions to the craziness of internet culture, as well as her relationship with her grandson. Her funny personality is an added bonus.
So, there you have it: 5 of the best YouTube channels for seniors. Each channel offers something different but equally entertaining. Give each one a try and see if you find a channel that you love! Also, YouTube is certainly not limited to these 5 channels. It has a ton to offer and can be a great segue to getting comfortable on the internet. Whether it’s getting motivated to workout, learning how to fix something, or simply sharing a laugh at morning coffee, see why 70% of seniors are using YouTube.
You can also check out our own channel here: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCyxkbJIc0841T4qzOvK0Qdg to see full Helping America’s Seniors productions and more.