Listening to music, especially the familiar oldies station, is one of life’s simple pleasures for many seniors. This is especially true for people who live by themselves or are unable to leave their home to socialize due to issues like limited mobility or vision. In such cases, the good ol’ radio becomes not only a source of entertainment, but also an important way of staying connected with the outside world. Radios provide news updates and needed information as well.
However, even using technology as simple as a radio is a difficult task for many seniors suffering from dementia, Alzheimer’s, limited vision or even stiffness of the joints. Luckily, there are a few options available for seniors and that’s what we are going to learn about today. Simple radios for the elderly and seniors restore their ability to listen to and enjoy music.
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The easy answer to this question is that the best radios for seniors are those that are easy to use and less complicated. But “easy to use” and “less complicated” can mean completely different things. Especially when comparing a young person and an elderly person dealing with the many troubles of old age. Here are just a few of the things you should consider when purchasing a radio for an elderly user.
Radios come with all types of features. Examples are Bluetooth connectivity and the ability to play several music formats. Some even download music off the internet and even have a docking facility for an iPod / iPhone etc. But you need to ask yourself whether the senior user is really going to use all those extra features on a regular basis? Or will they just confuse them even more and take away all interest in listening to the radio?
Seniors suffering with stiffness of the fingers or low dexterity may find small buttons or knobs difficult to use. Look for radios with big buttons / controls that are easy to turn. If you can turn the knobs easily with a pair of thick gloves on, chances are an elderly user with arthritis can too. Having a hard time operating the radio with gloves on? Maybe they would appreciate something with easier controls.
Seniors would most likely prefer a radio with a good set of internal speakers. Most aren't going to want to deal with external speakers that need to be plugged in every time you want to listen to your favorite radio show.
Nothing ruins a good radio show faster than a bad, staticy signal. Before choosing a radio, make sure that it picks up all stations that the user usually likes to hear. That way they won't have to worry about missing thier favorite radio show again.
If the elderly person has good mobility can move around the house and maybe even outside quite easily, a lightweight and compact radio could be helpful. That way, they can carry around with ease. There’s no point in buying a bulky radio if you can only listen to it when you are sitting in one corner of your house.
There may be many more factors to consider when purchasing a new radio, but I think these factors are the most important points you need to consider.
So, here are my recommended radios which I feel are simple to use for seniors who want to enjoy music and stay up to date with news and public events. The main features I looked at is how easy is the radio to operate as well as how portable is it to allow seniors to carry the radio along with them whereever they go. Here’s my list:
Even Shakespeare knew the power of music when he wrote “If music be the food of love, play on”. Choosing a simple radio for the elderly person or senior in your life will help make sure their romance with music does not come to an end.
Looking for other ideas to simplfy the life of a senior? Check out these easy to use remote controls, simple to use laptops, and even alarm clocks that any senior can use. The basic products help establish independence in many elderly people!
If you found this info or any of my recommendations helpful, please let me know. If you chose another radio for your loved ones, let me know that too in the comments below. Of course, questions are always welcome too.
I work daily with seniors and the elderly in my position as a wheelchair specialist at a home medical company. I see the struggle they have maintaining their independence and living their daily lives. Most are completely unaware of the options and products out there that can improve their independence, mobility, and safety in their home. I created this site to help seniors, elders, and their caregivers make smart buying decisions about the many independent living aids on the market.
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