Part of the irony of aging is more time to read, but the unfortunate reality that your eyes are maybe not as sharp as they once were. That’s okay, you don’t have to let that interfere with your love of books! We have some suggestions to make this pastime a little easier.
- Get your eyes checked! An annual eye exam is for everyone, so make your appointment and get in there. A optometrist or an ophthalmologist can give you the correct glasses for your needs, making everyday life possible as well as reading your favorite books and magazines. Don’t settle for self-prescribed drugstore reading glasses. Those work for awhile, but it’s really better overall and for the long-term to see a professional for help.
- Get a good lamp. Light can never be underestimated when it comes to reading. If you’re having trouble seeing, try brightening things up a bit and see where that gets you. If you’re still having problems, make sure you have the right bulbs installed or even look at getting a reading-specific lamp.
- Try a magnifier. There are several options available, but we like the Vivi Touch Magnifier best for when you’re out and about. When you’re at home, you can use something larger for reading books or magazines. Or, if you’re trying to keep your brain extra sharp with word games or crosswords, you could use this Lighted Magnifying Pen.
- Find large print publications. Most libraries have a large print section of fiction and nonfiction available. And with the rise in e-readers, even more large print options are out there. For more information on using e-readers, see our blog post Love to Read for suggestions and a breakdown on different e-readers.
- Seek out audiobooks and podcasts. Not only are great books available on CD at your local library or to purchase, digital versions of audiobooks are readily available to download onto your phone, tablet, personal computer, or other audio device. These can also often be “checked out” of the library at no cost. As at your local branch to find out if they have this great service available!
Podcasts are another listening option. These digital programs may remind you of days past and listening to your shows on the radio! Podcasts are easy to produce and are made by everyone from hobbyists, to businesses, to NPR and other news outlets. Topics range from informative to fictional stories. Many podcasts are updated each week and the news broadcasts may be updated several times per day. You can download or stream the podcasts on many different devices from iPods, to smartphones, tablets, and personal computers.
You may need help at first to set up the digital audiobooks or podcasts, but once you have the software available, you’ll be able to navigate these great media options and have more entertainment than you know what to do with!
Many schools and libraries are hosting special events this month to celebrate Reading Month. Don’t get left out thinking you can’t participate anymore! There are lots of adaptations and tools available to you to keep your mind sharp while you enjoy a classic or learn something new! What do you love to read?