LOS ANGELES — Music is a powerful thing: Not only does it help people of all ages preserve and enjoy memories, but studies have also shown that music can help manage conditions like Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s, and reduce depression and anxiety in older adults.
GrandPad, creator of the first purpose-built tablet designed for older adults, has expanded the device’s capabilities with a free radio streaming service, giving seniors the ability to listen to local AM/FM radio stations.
According Scott Lien, co-founder and CEO of GrandPad, the new radio application is a part of GrandPad’s growing array of senior-friendly apps, games, and entertainment features designed to keep users engaged and connected. In addition to radio stations, GrandPad users also have access to a curated music collection from which they can customize playlists to their personal preferences.
“Research has shown that music is incredibly powerful in stimulating cognition and reducing isolation and depression,” said Scott Lien, co-founder and CEO of GrandPad. “By adding the streaming radio capability, we’re also giving seniors the ability to tune in to live radio stations that can keep them connected to their hometowns or to topics they find entertaining and educational.”
According to Lien, since launching the streaming radio app in July, this content has been listened to for more minutes than any other content by GrandPad users.
“Nearly every day, I’m asked how older adults can stay mentally sharp,” said Dr. Kerry Burnight, chief gerontologist for GrandPad. “The easiest, most important things we can all do every day — regardless of age — is to keep moving and connect with others. Listening to the radio, whether it be music or local news from your hometown touches our hearts, keeps our minds active, and keeps us connected to our community.”
GrandPad has been specifically designed around the input of seniors, for their specific needs and technology capabilities.
GrandPad offers the following features that can help seniors and families stay connected in a safe and simple way:
Ready to use, right out of the box — no setup required
Enables pre-loaded “trusted circle” family contacts, photos, and apps
Built-in LTE (no home WiFi needed)
Closed network for greater security (no one outside the “trusted circle” can contact a GrandPad user)
Secure internet browsing
Video and voice calling
Texting and emailing
Family photo and video sharing
Curated entertainment content (music and TV) and brain games
Ergonomic design and enhanced speakers and camera
Transportation by Lyft app
24-hour personal support
To learn more about streaming radio and other features that are available on the GrandPad, visit https://GrandPad.net.