Silver Memories: Implementation and Evaluation of a Unique Radio Program for Older People


Aging & Mental Health





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Objectives: A unique radio program Silver Memories, specifically designed to address social isolation and loneliness in older people by broadcasting music (primarily), serials and other programs relevant to the period when older people grew up—the 1920–1950s, first aired in Brisbane, Australia, in April 2008. The impact of the program upon older listeners’ mood, quality of life (QOL) and self-reported loneliness was independently evaluated. Method: One hundred and thirteen community-dwelling persons and residents of residential care facilities, aged 60 years and older participated in a three month evaluation of Silver Memories. They were asked to listen to the program daily and baseline and follow-up measures of depression, QOL and loneliness were obtained. Participants were also asked for their opinions regarding the program’s quality and appeal. Results: The results showed a statistically significant improvement in measures of depression and QOL from baseline to follow-up but there was no change on the measure of loneliness. The results did not vary by living situation (community vs. residential care), whether the participant was lonely or not lonely, socially isolated or not isolated, or whether there had been any important changes in the participant’s health or social circumstances throughout the evaluation. Conclusion: It was concluded that listening to Silver Memories appears to improve the QOL and mood of older people and is an inexpensive intervention that is flexible and readily implemented. (PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2016 APA, all rights reserved)

Music and Health Institute Terms

Depression; Elderly; Mental Health; Mood; Music and Healing; Music Listening; Nursing Home; Quality of Life; Recorded Music Listening; Self-Report Measures; Social Isolation; Wellness and Well-Being

Indexed Terms

radio programs; older people; quality of life; loneliness; self report; social isolation; Elderly; Elderly; Auditory Perception; Consumer Behavior; Depression; Follow-Up Studies; Mental Recall; Queensland; Radio; Social Environment; Gerontology; Memory; Self-Report

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Quasi-Experimental Study; Quantitative Methods



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