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Reading | Management Strategies

  1. The person you care for may find a lot of noise and people to be overwhelming and distracting when reading. Try and decrease noise level (e.g. turn off the television or music) when the person is trying to read.

  2. Make sure that the person does not have any visual problems preventing them from reading. Make an appointment with your eye doctor to make sure that the person you care for does not have any cataracts, their prescription is strong enough, and they do not have any floaters .

  3. If the person you care for has visual impairments that make reading difficult, consider buying books with large text, using an aid such as a magnifying glass or books with pictures. Also if the person enjoys stories and reading, but finds it too difficult to read, consider audio books, or having a friend or relative read to the person you care for.

  4. Create a comfortable environment for the person to read in. Avoid having the person you care for read in bed, which may make them sleepy. Sitting in a comfortable chair with adequate lighting is ideal.

  5. Before reading, make sure that the person you care for has used the bathroom, and is not tired or hungry. This will help to ensure that the person you care for has the energy, and is less likely to become agitated and frustrated and stop while reading.

  6. Make sure that the person is reading things that appeals to them. No one likes to read something they find boring or uninteresting. Consider their past occupation and activities when choosing books or magazines. If the person you care for used to be a lawyer or police officer, they may enjoy legal dramas.

  7. Make reading into a fun activity for the person you care for. Having weekly trips to the local library or bookstore, so that they may pick out their own books to read may make reading more exciting and encourage them to start reading again.

  8. If the person you care for has difficulty understanding what they have read, it may help to have you or a friend or relative available to help them. Having reading time, where the person you care for reads with someone else may help when they have questions.

  9. Giving the person you care for books or stories that have simple plot lines and language will help decrease feelings of frustration and confusion that arise with more complex plots.

See Also:
Symptom Library > Thinking & Judgment > Comprehension/ Understanding
Symptom Library > Behaviour > Irritability/ Frustration
Symptom Library > Thinking & Judgment > Attention/Concentration (lack of)
About Dementia > Alzheimer's Disease > Memory
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