Seniors Can Listen to Old Radio Programs on Yesterday USA App: Caregiverlist Senior Care App Review

Before iPhones, hundreds of TV channels and the internet were at our fingertips at any given moment, entertainment came in the form of old radio programs. From drama programs to old news reels, the Yesterday USA radio network app gives senior caregivers and their senior clients the chance to step back in time and listen to programs from when they were younger. 

 

The app accompanies the YesterdayUSA Radio Network website, which was created by the National Museum of Communications, Inc, where users can also listen online. The app features two different streaming stations- the Red Station and the Blue Station. Within the app, users can browse the upcoming schedule of programs ranging from old dramatic theater shows to old music programs and old trivia. The programming runs on a two week loop, so if you can't catch a program the first time around you can view the next time it's scheduled to air. 

For seniors who may be experiencing an onset of dementia, listening to programs from their past could help spark memories. Familiarity of things from our youth can spark nostalgia in all of us, but for seniors with dementia it can help them remember parts of their lives they may have forgotten otherwise. Seniors and their caregivers might enjoy sitting down together a few times a week to listen to these old programs and talk about how life was back when they aired. Caregivers may learn new things about their senior clients and their lives by hearing stories from when they were young. 

The YesterdayUSA App is available for Apple platforms. 

Senior caregivers, let us know your feedback on this app and keep us posted if you discover additional apps that assist with caregiving duties and help relieve caregiver stress. You may also refer-a-friend to a senior caregiving job and win prizes weekly and monthly on Caregiverlist. 

-Paige Krzysko

 

Take a Music Break with the iHeart Radio App: Caregiverlist Senior Care App Review

Music provides a soundtrack to our lives and we attach memories to songs. Senior caregivers can tune into the radio to hear today's latest hits, some classical music for relaxation, or some oldies that bring up good memories. The iHeartRadio app allows users to tune into radio stations both locally and nation wide as well as to create custom stations based off of a particular genre, artist or song. 

Caregivers can ask their senior clients about their favorite kind of music from their childhood or throughout their lives and use the iHeartRadio app to bring back old memories. Listening to music together may bring up stories that a senior client otherwise wouldn't think to share with you. Ask your senior client what genre or artist of music they enjoy and then open the iHeartRadio app. Users can browse stations across the nation by genre and see information about the stations before the listen, including the most recently played songs on that station to give listeners an idea of what specifically they'll hear if they tune in. Alternatively, caregivers can see all of the local stations in their city if they prefer to hear local news and ads along with their music.  Senior clients also may be interested in listening to a station from a particular city if they have loved ones who live there or if they lived there at some point in their lives.

If you'd prefer a customized stream of music to a live radio station, the iHeartRadio app also provides a streaming customized radio station option for its users. Simply type in an artist or song and the app will play similar music from its library. The wide variety of music in this app guarantees that there's a station for any user who would like to listen to music. 

 

The iHeartRadio app is available for free for Apple and Android platforms.

Senior caregivers, let us know your feedback on this app and keep us posted if you discover additional apps that assist with caregiving duties and help relieve caregiver stress. You may also refer-a-friend to a senior caregiving job and win prizes weekly and monthly on Caregiverlist. 

-Paige Krzysko

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