Research finds radio keeps rocking


In previous research, Dr. Krause found that radio often accompanied older people in their daily lives as a social presence and a source of entertainment and information.

“It’s a long-standing, easy-to-use, cost-effective tool…we can get social presence, we can get information, we can get entertainment from the radio,” she said. .

“It’s important to think about how we can look at radio to contribute to well-being.”

Radio also offered a way to make seniors feel socially connected and put them in a positive mood.

Many older people have formed surprisingly close ties with radio presenters.

“I didn’t expect the depth of the connection that people would talk about having with these presenters,” she said.

“The importance of the advertiser was clear. It is a voice with which you develop a strong relationship.

“So even if you’re home alone, you can be part of a conversation, and I want to think about how to create better programs to benefit seniors and support companionship.

“It’s a new way of thinking about it, it’s not just something that sits passively in the background.”

Krause says the radio is often incorporated into our daily routines, including those relating to sleep – “either ‘it helps me fall asleep’ or ‘it’s my alarm, it helps me wake up’ “, she said.

“There’s a lot to be done on how this can be incorporated into routines.”


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