Sunday, January 15, 2006


Books have always been excellent ways to deal with isolation, depression and curiosity. Reading may be a good activity to help fill the days of older individuals. For older people with decreased vision, libraries have hundreds of books in all categories printed in large type. The Reader's Digest and The New York Times Magazine both have large-print editions and are available both at libraries or through subscription. Libraries also lend tapes and records while National Public Radio provides excellent access to best sellers with the program "From the Bookshelf" five days a week. The Library of Congress supplies cassette players and tapes and pays postage costs to mail these to people who are visually limited. Lists of such "talking books" can be obtained from state agencies for the visually handicapped.
Fromme, A. Life After Work. Glenview, Ill.: AARP,1984.
Gillies, J. A Guide to Caring for and Coping with Aging Parents. Nashville: Thomas Nelson Publishers, 1981.


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