Home Care: Many seniors enjoy reading, but one drawback of reading is that the text in print can be too small.
As seniors get older, they may find that their eyesight becomes much worse. Luckily, for all the seniors who love books, there are other ways to continue to read. One way you can recommend is by investing in a large kindle where the text size can be adjusted, another way to continue reading is by listening to audiobooks.
If you can spend time with your seniors, they may even like it if you read aloud to them. Not all children can be with their elderly parents all day long, and if that is the case, you can also opt to hire home care providers to spend time with the seniors. They will help provide companionship and be there when you cannot.
There are many advantages of using audiobooks, but there are some huge differences that a senior may not find satisfying. When a book lover stops being able to see the small text, they may be sad to switch to audio. Some books come in large print for seniors, but not all will have that option. It’s time for you or a home care provider to find options to help your seniors feel happy and be able to read until they’re older.
Pros of Audiobooks
Take a look at why you may want to suggest switching to audiobooks for seniors who cannot see well. This is a way for them to still get involved in a good story without putting any strain on their eyes.
Allows The To Multitask
One thing that a senior cannot do while reading a book is multitasking. Turning on an audiobook may allow them to sit through appointments like chemo sessions, cook meals, or clean the home all while enjoying their favorite books aloud.
Most audiobooks can be downloaded to a laptop, kindle, or phone. This means that they can be accessed in most places. The other good news about turning to audiobooks is that there are tons of books available to listen to. All the senior has to do is type in the title, purchase it, and start listening.
Take Eye Strain Away
Squinting at books and small text can leave a senior feeling drained and unable to see well. One of the best ways to avoid this is by switching to audiobooks. Instead of reading, they will be listening which takes away the strain and migraines from reading.
Cons of Audiobooks
Now, there are just some things a senior will not get from audiobooks. They won’t get the feel of the books in their hands or the smell of the pages while they’re reading. This is something that many senior book lovers may find unappealing. Here are a few other disadvantages to consider.
It Can Be Longer
If your senior loves to read and they are quick readers they may become annoyed by the speed of an audiobook. You can set the speed but it may not go as fast as the listener wants.
It Can Be Pricey
There may be some subscriptions that a senior can use to get cheaper audiobooks but some of these audiobooks can be really pricey. This may make them less happy about switching to audiobooks especially when they use the second-hand store for shopping.
Hiring a home care provider can be a big help to your senior when choosing new books and apps.