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Benefits of Reading Aloud to the Elderly

While chatting to members at our Day Centre, I realized that many of the elderly folk could no longer read books. They could still pick up a newspaper or magazine and read bits and pieces, but because of failing eyesight, reading for any length of time was too tiring for their eyes. Even large print books eventually became too stressful to read.

Many of us have read stories to our children and grandchildren, as great comfort is derived from being read to, at any age. The pleasure is not only felt by the children, but also by you, the reader. Especially as we often choose our own childhood favourites to read and enjoy once again!

So let us swing the other way and start reading aloud to the elderly people in our lives – a member of the family or someone you visit regularly or even someone in the care home where you work. You might want to read to one person or to a small group.

Suggest the idea to them and find out what book they would like to start with – it might be an old favourite or maybe a newly published novel. Most towns have libraries and you will be able to find the book there, if you don’t already have a copy.

Besides novels, there is a huge range of books covering specific topics or hobbies. Many of these have wonderful illustrations and photographs. Look also at the books in your chosen subject, that are aimed at children. There too you will find interesting text and even more pictures to share.

Apart from the obvious enjoyment of reading aloud, there are many benefits to be gained. Whatever book you choose to read, this activity will stimulate discussion and reminiscence, both of these being pleasing and essential to the wellbeing in the elderly. It too, alleviates boredom. This is a common problem with older people, as physical impairment limits activity and can spiral into depression.

So get your books out and start reading!

For more ideas on craft and activities for elderly folk have a look at My Blog
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Brilliant fantasy – Beyond the Wall of Time


Beyond the Wall of Time

Russell Kirkpatrick

Winner: Sir Julius Vogel Award, Best Novel – Adult

The stunning conclusion to the Broken Man trilogy. The wall of time has fallen and the gods are free to ravage the world. The few that know of their escape into mortal lands are under the control of the malevolent Husk. Stella, a queen in hiding, makes a deal with the Undying Man. =>

Ender’s Game – the movie



Ender’s Game

Orson Scott Card

Hugo Award Winner,  Nebula Award Winner

The worldwide bestseller, Ender’s Game by Orson Scott Card, with featured cover art from the major motion picture starring Harrison Ford, Ben Kingsley and Asa Butterfield as Ender Wiggin.

Once again, the Earth is under attack. An alien species is poised for a final assault. The survival of humanity depends on a military genius who
can defeat the aliens. But who?

 Ender Wiggin. Brilliant. Ruthless. Cunning. A tactical and strategic master. And a child.

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