Audio Book Club – Using the audibles extensive audiobook library and linking this through to smart devices such as Philips Lighting and Amazon’s Alexa, The Digital Line (TDL) have launched a unique audiobook club.
This allows residents to come together and not just listen to a book but also share an audio/visual interpretation through lighting and sound utilising Alexa, taking the audiobook experience to another, almost cinematic level.
The audiobook club allows residents to extend their reading library into perhaps an uncommon genre opening new authors, series, and ideas and gives older people a sense of connectedness to a wider community by taking part in reading groups.
Audiobooks can be an invaluable resource for older adults looking for comfort or a sense of connection with the world around them. Getting lost in a good book can be a distraction from pain, boredom, loneliness, and many of the other issues faced by seniors today.
Says TDL Director, George R Vaughan: “Vision can deteriorate with age and for many people, this introduces new challenges. Audiobooks are one solution to the problem, allowing people to continue enjoying the stories they like, just delivered in a slightly different fashion. The shared nature of the experience also helps stimulate debate, opinion, and interaction.
“They can also help to improve memory, sharpen decision-making skills, reduce stress, uplift your mood, improve sleep and delay cognitive decline, as well as improve concentration and better long and short-term memory.”
The audiobook club has now gone live in care homes with many more to follow and promises to revolutionise the way people enjoy their literary entertainment, transforming the lives of the residents including those with dementia. “We have had regular sessions that were well attended” states Julian Lindsell from the Royal Garden Hotel Residential Care Home in Sussex. “The audiobook club has added a new dimension to the reading library”.
It has been found that reading poetry books seem particularly beneficial, particularly for people living with dementia. Poetry engages emotions and triggers the memory to recall poetry learned by heart at school.
It isn’t just the elderly readers who benefit care home staff reporting that residents are happier and more relaxed after reading groups. Reading groups also give staff a way to get to know residents better, gaining insights into their lives and interests and families can be brought closer together through the common denominator of literature.
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