Reading is something that brings joy to people of all ages. However, as we grow older, many of us will face vision challenges that make reading traditional books more difficult. This can be frustrating to lifelong readers who enjoy a great novel or a daily newspaper, but fortunately, there are ways to work around this obstacle. Here are four ways that seniors can continue to enjoy books and other reading materials.
Large print or magnification
If your aging loved one is able to read an enlarged font, consider obtaining some large print books. Your local book store may carry them or be willing to place a special order—or, you can order some online through any major retailer (just search “large print” and see what comes up, or search for specific titles in this format). While newspapers aren’t typically available in this larger font, a simple handheld magnification device may help with those.
Audiobooks are a wonderful (and wonderfully entertaining) option! Seniors can listen to these books from their iPad or smartphone, on a laptop or even on a desktop computer. Many great books are available in audio format—some with excellent celebrity narrators!—at a reasonable price point. Consider services like Audible, which also offers a huge selection of podcasts. If your loved one is more the “low tech” type, consider buying an audiobook on CD. These can be played through a speaker just like a regular music disc.
Tablets or e-Readers
Let’s get digital! This is a convenient, accessible way to read. Most e-readers offer users the ability to increase font size, making them fantastic for anyone who struggles with that tiny standard font. Here’s a great post that offers product recommendations for older individuals. You can also ask for a demonstration at your local electronics store or simply download a similar software on your iPad. Remember, many public libraries offer a wide selection of e-books at no charge! You don’t even need to visit the library to check them out.
Our caregivers are happy to read the newspaper or other materials aloud to seniors, including novels and nonfiction books. This is a great activity for seniors and caregivers to do together, particularly if your aging loved one isn’t feeling well and could use the comfort of companionship of a great book. To learn more, please give us a call—we’d be pleased to answer any questions you have about in-home caregiver services in Toronto. Our team can provide personalized recommendations and a quote for services. Thanks, and happy reading!