Reading is one of the most powerful forces of entertainment that we have access to. To be able to read words on a page and be transformed and placed into a different world is like nothing else that we have access to. Movies, music, plays … none of these forms of media can compare.
Audio books are a bit of a different creature, but they can offer some of the same benefits of regular books and they can be wonderful tools to be used for elder care.
When a person relies on home care for the elderly, they may be trying to find things to do with the elderly patient, activities that will keep their interest and that may even spark their creativity. Reading can be one of those things.
However, there are millions of elderly individuals who have eyesight problems, cataracts, glaucoma, and other issues, that make it nearly impossible for them to read books any longer. This would include large print books, even with the aide of magnifying glass and other aides.
For those individuals who may have trouble reading words on a page, and whose hearing may very well still intact, audio books can allow them the benefits of escaping into another world without having it all interpreted for them on the screen, as with movies.
What are audio books?
For those who aren’t familiar with them, audio books are tapes, CDs, or digital recordings of people reading books. It’s as though you are sitting with a person and they are reading the book to you. Some readers will alter their voice to emulate different characters, which can take on a different tone for the story, leading to a bit more of a performance piece than direct reading.
Others will simply read the book directly, without imparting their own personal ideas about how someone sounds, looks, thinks, or acts. Many audio books today from more noted authors are either being read by the authors themselves or by famous actors and actresses.
By relying on the senses that we still have working for us, we can still enjoy the world around us. For those who rely on elder care, audio books can open up a whole new world of potential and possibilities. If you are caring for an elderly individual who can no longer read, or who might be interested in a different way of getting through new books, consider audio books. It’s Audio Book Appreciation Month, so now is a great time to look into it.
If you have a loved one who could benefit from the help of elder care in Tomball, TX, contact the caregivers at SYNERGY HomeCare. We help seniors and their families with many levels of home care service. Call (281) 407-1200 for more information.