As a loved one’s health declines, it can be hard to make conversation or find activities to share. When that happens, I recommend reading aloud to your loved one. I found an excellent series of articles that cover the who, what, where, when, and how of reading aloud to the elderly. They’re by writer/editor Beth Stilborn who offers words of wisdom about writing, reading, grammar, and punctuation on her website, www.bethstilborn.com.
Here are some tips from Beth:
- Ask leading questions like “do you still like to read?” Depending on your loved one’s response, you can offer to read to (or with) them.
- Pick reading material that matches their interests.
- Don’t limit yourself to books. You can read magazine articles, poetry, even letters.
- You don’t need to be physically present. You can read aloud to a loved one over the phone.
Reading aloud can be a wonderful way to spend time with a loved one. I hope you’ll try it and let me know how it goes.