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Which type of music player would be easiest for my mom to control?

6 answers | Last updated: Mar 20, 2015
An anonymous caregiver asked...

How can I set my mom up with something that is easy for her to use so she can listen to music in her assisted living bedroom? The radio channels in her little town are not very good, and I would like to tape the music she loves so that she can turn it on easily. Is there an easy iPod or similar device that she could just press one button to control or play the music? This would be sooo helpful. Thank you!!


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Sandydot answered...

I am trying to do the same thing for my bed-ridden mother. I hope someone has a good answer. It needs to be a simple player that uses flash drive or something like that, with simple speaker set up.


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An anonymous caregiver answered...

I just found this site and have the same question. I am planning on checking with my IT person in the office and also going to the closest Best Buy and ask one of the young techs. They should have a good answer.


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An anonymous caregiver answered...

I found the perfect set, made for vision impaired, but from England so runs on 220v and rather expensive: http://www.amazon.co.uk/Portable-Soundbox-Everyone-Visually-Impaired/dp/B007FTWVE2#productDescription

Otherwise: Get an inexpensive mp3 player and load with music. Or attach a thumb drive to a mini-boom box type speaker with a slot for USB. Old Time Radio (OTR) is available for free download from archive.org. Many shows also available elsewhere for free download. I would start with Variety Shows -- they have music and comedy and familiar voices like Bing Crosby, Frank Sinatra, Bob Hope, etc.

You might have to make a label to help the older person remember where to turn on, where to press play. Some of those buttons are miniscule.

Would people be interested in buying players already loaded with a month's worth of music and shows? I was wondering...


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An anonymous caregiver answered...

Sansa Shaker has an easy on/off button. I've purchased one for my Father with Alzheimer's. Load it with Sinatra, and let it play (batteries or AC) - some Assisted Care doesn't have AC power for obvious reasons. http://www.amazon.com/SanDisk-Sansa-Shaker-Player-Blue/dp/B000OVBSE2/


mnwilsey answered...

A proven method is taking a music recorder YOU are fimilar with and sharing such music with your loved one, IN PERSON. The music that makes them feel alive is their catalyst to another place. That feeling is multiplied when they are enjoying with one they love, and if you're on this forum you are one of those people. So for me and my suggestion to you and myself is find a music device that WE are most comfortable with bc with a little time that music can heal US both.