Whether or not you're on social media, you've probably heard of fake news. And if you haven't, here's the basic premise: a lot of the information circulating in various media today may or may not be trustworthy. Seniors that want to keep up with current events often have to get the story from various places and put the pieces together so they can decide for themselves.
Whether you're settling into retirement at the Park Regency Loveland assisted living community or in the process of considering what your options are in today's world, here are some ways to get information and keep up with current events.
If you're most interested in local news and events, keep up with them via the local newspaper website. Seniors in Loveland can find plenty of info on the website of the Loveland Reporter-Herald newspaper. But for the inside scoop, you may need to subscribe.
You can choose from unlimited digital access to get all the online news on your computer or mobile device. This subscription also comes with an enewspaper, which is a digital replica of the print newspaper. Alternatively, traditionalists can get home delivery of the paper daily, on weekdays or just on Sundays. Print subscriptions come with all the perks of the digital subscription.
Social media is a great place to get info on current events at a local, national and global level. Seniors who get their news on Facebook or other social media platforms do need to be careful and read more than the headlines. Don't assume something is true just because you saw it posted by someone, and make sure that you vet news with sites you trust. Many people share links to satire sites, and while these sites can look like real news sites, the information they post is meant to be entertaining, not informational.
Podcasts are a great way to catch up on all kinds of information, including current events, while you do other things. You can listen to podcasts while completing craft projects or puzzles, while walking around the assisted living community or while relaxing in your apartment with a cup of coffee or tea. Some podcasts you might consider for current news include The Daily from The New York Times, This American Life from NPR and BBC Global News.
Streaming services let you get on-demand news programs via an internet connection. You can watch them on your computer or on your television if it's a smart TV or if you have a device such as a Roku. You can stream news via services like Hulu or get on-brand news and op-eds from services such as The Blaze.
You can also simply browse the internet and read favorite news and blog sites. Popular options include The Wall Street Journal, Business Insider and The Guardian.