The great thing about monthly celebrations is that they can help you and your senior to find or to revisit activities that she can enjoy now. January is Book Blitz Month, which is mostly an occasion for authors to promote their books. This means January is a great time to take a closer look at how to help your senior to enjoy reading more often.
Go through Your Senior’s Bookcases and Put Together a Reading List
If your senior is like most people, she has a bookshelf or two of books that she has been meaning to read, but just hasn’t gotten around to yet. Most goals like this are a lot more achievable with a plan. You and she can go through her existing books and start to put together a reading list. If you discover that she has no need for or doesn’t want some of the books you find, then it might be a good idea to donate them now.
Explore Library Options
Most libraries have digital options now, which might open up a lot more reading opportunities for your elderly family member. Through services like Overdrive, Hoopla, Libby, and more, your elderly family member can borrow eBooks, audiobooks, and movies. This can help her to add books she has been interested in, onto her reading list. Digital books can be especially helpful because it’s so easy to adjust the font size if your elderly family member needs to.
Try Something a Little Different
Something else you and your elderly family member might want to do is to try something different. If she likes stories, but doesn’t enjoy or can’t read, maybe you can spend time together in which you read to her. Another idea might be to have senior care providers available for companionship, as well as reading assistance. This could also help your seniors to be more open to help from their senior care providers.
Make Reading Together a Regular Activity
It also helps if reading with your senior is a regular part of her day. If your senior doesn’t love reading, spending only a few minutes together each day reading a particular book can help you to find stories she likes and finds engaging. Short reading sessions can also be a great way to get through non-fiction books if your senior has an interest in those.
Reading is a great way for your senior to explore new worlds and ideas or to revisit stories that she’s loved all of her life.
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