Reading helps seniors relax, gives them pleasure, and allows them to keep up with current events. It also comes packed with many cognitive benefits. Scientific studies have even shown that reading can help prevent Alzheimer’s and promotes longevity. But we also know that for a variety of reasons, as we age, it gets more and more challenging to keep reading.
Luckily, technology has made it a lot easier for seniors to enjoy a good book. Tablets and other electronic reading devices, such as the Kindle or the Nook, offer adjustable font sizes and illuminated screens. And unlike printed books, e-books don’t take up any additional room in the house!
For seniors who aren’t comfortable with digital technology or for those who just enjoy the feel and smell of a physical book, reading lights and magnifiers can also make it easier to see words on the page. Many publications offer larger print editions. Book holders are another option, especially for those who have trouble reading heavy or large books.