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  • Weekly Tidbit for June 9, 2019: "Read" While You Move

    Many older adults who loved to read when they were younger find reading more difficult as they age and their eyesight and/or cognitive ability declines. If you know someone who you think would still enjoy a great book but is unable to read a print version, consider getting them a book in audio format so they can listen instead! This can help stimulate the mind, entertain someone who is bored, and bring back pleasant memories from a much-loved book.

    Even better…you can have residents listen to books while walking, using a stationary bike or pedaler, lifting weights, doing sit-to-stands, and stretching! You can even start an “audio” book club and encourage residents to walk together while listening to their books, or discuss the book while taking a stroll outside or exercising together. 

    You can get audio books (on tape, CD, or even a digital version to download) for free from a local library, and buy audiobooks online through Amazon’s “Audible” and other similar web stores. Podcasts are also very popular, free, and the subjects covered are endless! You can download a podcast app for free on most smart phones and use the app to search for a variety of podcasts, and also listen on your computer by going to a podcast’s website and choosing the episode you want to hear.

    This recent article from dailycaring.com includes additional information and benefits of listening to audio books:

    https://dailycaring.com/stimulate-senior-minds-with-books-on-tape/?utm_source=DailyCaring&utm_campaign=5b95a3f082-DC_Email_2019-06-05&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_57c250b62e-5b95a3f082-123152321

    For family members looking for a Father’s Day present for their loved one with dementia, an audio book about a favorite topic of theirs, or a favorite novel from their younger days can be the perfect gift, along with a simple mp3 player and headphones.

    Have a great week!