Audio Books: a Great Alternative for Book Lovers with Dementia

Hello everyone,

Many older adults who loved to read when they were younger find reading more difficult as they age and their eyesight and/or cognitive ability declines. If you know someone who you think would still enjoy a great book but is unable to read a print version, consider getting them a book in audio format so they can listen instead! This can help stimulate the mind, entertain someone who is bored, and bring back pleasant memories from a much-loved book.

You can get audio books (on tape, CD, or even a digital version to download) for free from a local library, and buy audiobooks online through Amazon’s “Audible” and other similar web stores. Podcasts are also very popular, free, and the subjects covered are endless! You can download a podcast app for free on most smart phones and use the app to search for a variety of podcasts, and also listen on your computer by going to a podcast’s website and choosing the episode you want to hear.

This recent article from includes additional information and benefits of listening to audio books:

For family members looking for a Father’s Day present for their loved one with dementia, an audio book about a favorite topic of theirs, or a favorite novel from their younger days can be the perfect gift, along with a portable CD or mp3 player!

Have a great week!

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