Reading is a pastime that many individuals enjoy and make a part of their daily routine. Retirees are often voracious readers who may consume a large number of newspapers, magazines, websites or books—sometimes, they read anything and everything they can get their hands on!
As people age, reading may become difficult due to vision problems or other age-related issues. If your aging loved one is struggling to read, these suggestions may help them get back into the hobby they love. We encourage you to share this post with anyone who may find it useful!
Try large print
Sometimes, the solution is as simple as purchasing some large print books. Most independent bookstores will be happy to order in large print versions of novels and nonfiction books, and major retailers like Indigo typically have large print options on their website. You can also find large print crossword puzzles and other activity books, which are great for seniors who prefer a larger font size. Another great online source is the Book Outlet, which has many large print books available at discounted prices.
If your loved one is able to read using an e-reader like an iPad, Kobo or Kindle, there should be an option to increase the font size. You can also adjust the background and lighting to make it more comfortable for the reader. Here are some excellent reviews and recommendations that were specifically prepared for older readers. As a bonus, many of these devices can host audiobooks as well! And on that note…
Consider an audiobook
Audiobooks are a wonderful option for seniors who have more significant visual impairments. They’re also a great choice for those with dementia as they can be both calming and interesting for the listener. Audiobooks are also very versatile—you can listen to them on a personal audio device or tablet, over a bluetooth speaker, in the car or on headphones. If your aging loved one uses an iPad or similar tablet, consider downloading an app like Audible, which has thousands of titles available. Zoomer Books often has good suggestions for older readers!
Read aloud to them
Finally, it may be pleasant to read aloud to your aging relative during your next visit. Ask if they’d like you to read to them from the newspaper, an editorial piece or a chapter of a book. Bring over magazines they may enjoy, suggest a novel or ask if they have any favourite books they’d enjoy revisiting. You can get in the habit of reading together and, if you want to make it more like a book club or discussion group, talking about the material afterwards. Our caregivers are happy to help aloud to clients upon request. This is a great way to spend time together while helping seniors stay engaged, informed and entertained.