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Tuning in to radio’s impact on older adult wellbeing

For some, listening to the radio is a way to kill time while driving or catch up on the day’s news, but for older adults the desire to tune in might have deeper implications.

In partnership with the Community Broadcasting Foundation, Dr Amanda Krause from the University of Melbourne is exploring older adults’ radio listening practices and how they might relate to their sense of wellbeing.

Early findings from her interviews with Melbourne residents aged 65 years and over indicate that for some people the radio offers companionship – both by listening to music programs as well as to radio presenters.

“Some people spoke not only about their enjoyment from listening to the radio, but about consciously modifying their listening in efforts to improve their mood,” Krause said.

In the next phase, Krause will speak with radio personnel about their decisions on programming and how they might be able to positively influence listeners’ wellbeing.

“The project is very exciting because it has real power to make changes in the community,” she said.

Aged Care Insite spoke with Krause about her decision to explore the impact of radio on wellbeing and whether the presenter or music played makes a difference.

Krause is currently seeking participants to complete a short questionnaire online. Click here for more information. Paper copies are also available upon request.

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