Music provides a soundtrack for our lives. A certain song can take us back to a particular moment in time and evoke memories we'd previously forgotten. New songs make way for new memories. Senior caregivers can use the Pandora streaming internet radio application to listen to old favorites with their senior clients and discover new music based on automatic suggestions within the app.
Starting a station is simple. Think of the artist or the song that you or your senior client is in the mood to listen to and type their name or the song title into the search bar. The app will bring up matching titles or artists and you can click on the one you're looking for. Once you do that, the app automatically creates a station based on your selection. Typically it will begin with a song by the same artist and then play similar selections after that. If a song begins playing and you enjoy it, click the "thumbs up" icon on the bottom left corner of the screen and Pandora will play more songs like it. If you don't care for a song, click the "thumbs down" icon and the app will take note of it to avoid playing that song in the future.
The stations that can be built in Pandora vary from broadway musical selections to classical music to modern hits. Try asking your senior clients what their favorite songs were as a child or are now and build a station for them. As the songs play, your senior client may share some stories with you that the songs bring about. For caregivers themselves, the music can be a great background noise while cleaning or cooking as well as a relaxation tool after a long day. Spend fifteen minutes listening to a calming song and let go of your thoughts before you go to sleep at night.
App name: Pandora
Available for free on Apple and Android platforms.
"Enjoy all of your stations right from your mobile phone, tablet, or e-reader. You can also create new stations, and rate songs using thumbs up and thumbs down. Pandora on mobile devices is fully integrated with Pandora on the web, so everything you create and personalize on your device appears next time you're back on the web."
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 to relieve caregiver stress. You may also refer-a-friend to a senior caregiving job and win prizes weekly and monthly on Caregiverlist.