6 Popular Magazine Subscriptions for Seniors

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We have all seen the general trend of moving away from newspapers, magazines and other print media to on-line news and entertainment, Facebook and Twitter. Today’s senior citizens, however, while embracing the Internet, cell phones and even Facebook, still rely on these more traditional forms to access   information  and be entertained. So, it’s fortunate that there are a number of interesting magazines available for and about seniors.

While it’s important to hear and read about medical breakthroughs and other practical advice that can be significant for older people to know, it’s also great to get pure entertainment that is meant just for us. Everyone tends to be interested in things relating to their own age group, so we’ve compiled a list of six good magazines for senior citizens.

One category that you might not be aware of is the nostalgia magazine.  Our first two selections on the list below focus on “the way things were”. Both are very popular for their ability to bring older folks back into their younger days by printing stories and photos from the 1920s through the 1980s. These magazines are not only entertaining, but can be great topic-starters for visits by younger family members who’d like to learn more about their older relative.

 6 popular magazines perfect for senior citizens

1 – Reminisce – The magazine that brings back the good old times (subscribe)


Launched over 20 years ago, Reminisce is a magazine that promises to “bring back the good old times.” Originally featuring photos and stories from the 1920s through the early 1970s, they have now added the 1980s, years often missed by modern media.

The emphasis is on positive stories and memories, with each issue loaded with photos and personal tales of what things were like “way back when.” Not only is this enjoyable for most seniors, it’s also a great way to trigger forgotten memories and stimulate ideas for conversation

2 – Good Old Days Magazine (subscribe)


Currently celebrating its 50th year of publication, Good Old Days magazine is similar to Reminisce. They offer a free trial issue, so you can have a look before you subscribe. Good Old Days publishes 6 issues per year, with each issue focusing on memories from that season or time of year in the past.

Each issue is filled with a mixture of reader-submitted photos and stories as well as recipes, classic advertisements, and even comics from the 1930s onward. Readers are encouraged to share their own photos and stories, which could be a wonderful project for any new subscriber.

3 – Today’s Senior Magazine (subscribe)


Today’s Senior Magazine says that it’s “For the 50 plus mature adult, who has a fondness for the past but looks forward to the future.” In other words, it’s a mix of stories and topics from decades past along with useful information about current and upcoming issues and events that seniors should be aware of.

Today’s Senior boasts over 300,000 regular readers subscribing to the various regional editions they publish.  Each magazine is filled with relevant stories as well as promotions, coupons, and sponsor announcements that may often be as useful as the stories themselves.

4 – AARP – The Magazine (subscribe)


Most Americans are well aware of the American Association of Retired Persons, commonly called by it’s acronym AARP, but not everyone realizes that the group puts out a helpful magazine six times a year. This non-profit advocacy group is famous for being the voice of older Americans in the media and government, and they’ve been publishing a magazine since 1958.

The content runs the gamut from healthcare topics to entertainment to travel to gadgets to politics, all formatted and written for their specific audience. In addition to the news and features, each issue also includes information about discounts and benefits available for AARP members.

5 – Reader’s Digest – large print edition (subscribe)


Founded in 1922, Reader’s Digest Magazine has been among the most popular magazines in the entire world for many decades. We’ve all grown up with it and know its familiar format of short, interesting articles and regular columns and features such as “Humor in Uniform” and “Life in these United States.”

The regular magazine is also famously compact so the special large-print edition is the perfect fit for seniors. There are also audio versions of the magazine as well as a purely digital version, so any reader can find one to fit their preferred style of reading.

6 – Active Over 50 (subscribe)

AO50_Fall_2013Published locally in the San Francisco-South Bay, this publication features a personal profile of an active senior, over 50, in each of it’s four annually produced issues.  The editors are dedicated to providing useful, relevant information written by experts to help people over 50 lead healthier, longer and more active lives.

For their articles, the staff looks for interesting people doing interesting things, especially those who have overcome challenges late in life to succeed. If you know someone “following their dream”—aged 50 to 100+, you too and offer a suggestion!

At SearchSeniorLiving.com, we are dedicated to helping you and your family ease the search for just the right community!  If you ever need assistance, we are happy to help. Just call us at 877-243-8073.

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