Reading and the Elderly

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Posted: 10/28/2019 10:29 AM by Interim HealthCare
When one thinks of reading aloud, they usually think of reading to a child, but this is an activity that a caregiver should consider when working with the elderly. Often because of sight, cognitive issues, or hand tremors, seniors may need help reading. 
For the elderly who loved to read all their lives, listening to someone read to them can bring them comfort and joy. Often, they miss and get depressed over the idea that they can no longer do an enjoyable activity that is often done by themselves. Reading to a senior can alleviate that.  It simulates their mind and brings back memories and creativity. It also has been shown to increase concentration.
Start by asking what type of books, magazines and newspapers they enjoyed in the past. Or ask about a famous person they have admired and get a biography on that person. Reading a chapter book, one chapter per visit give the senior something to look forward to and is a bonding experience for both the caregiver and the client.
Being a good our loud reader is important to the experience. The intonation, pitch and volume you use is important to a successful reading session that keeps the client engaged. Practice reading the passages out loud to gain confidence in your reading.
Finally, you can discuss what you read to further enhance the experience. 
read books Sharon Bellack
Happy Reading!!
Client Service Supervisor

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