Benefits of Reading Out Loud and In Home Care for the Elderly

Reading is a pastime enjoyed by many people; when time allows.  With hectic schedules and chores that often call us away from a good book, reading can be viewed as a leisure activity.  Some may say that reading is a great form of escape and wonderful for relaxation for the reader.  While reading while alone is a peaceful activity, it can be especially beneficial to read something aloud.

There are many benefits of reading out loud.  One benefit is the ability to hear your own voice while reading.   Reading out loud usually involves bodily movements such as hand motions and other gestures that might not otherwise be employed while reading to oneself.  If reading to children, it can be an opportunity to brush up on acting skills and pull out special voices for the characters.  This can be fun for both the reader and the listeners!

Another great benefit of reading out loud is greater comprehension.  There’s something to be said about saying a word out loud and listening to how it’s pronounced.  By reading aloud, we are able to find ways to incorporate newly used words into our existing vocabulary.   Hearing a word and using it in a context that might not have otherwise been used helps to build and influence words chosen in future conversations.  Reading out loud helps to enhance the mind and teaches the reader to also be a good listener and appreciate the many uses of our language, both written word and verbally. 

When reading aloud, there is no other option than to simply focus on the task at hand.  Reading out loud helps to sharpen focus.   Using your voice to read the words that you see on the page helps to reinforce the mental connection.   Therefore, reading out loud is a form of exercise for the mind.   Reading out loud also boosts comprehension and helps to internalize the words that are spoken.

These days, it is easy to get caught up with technology and the accessibility of information on smartphones and tablets.   The ability to watch a show, pull up a news story, and learn something new at the touch of the screen can be exhilarating.  It is also the reason why the newest generation is one of the most distracted.  Whenever possible, encourage the turn of real pages and the imagination and fun that goes along with it.   Plant the seed for a desire to learn, read, and grow through reading. 

If you would like to learn more about caring and consistent in home care for seniors, along with the many benefits of professional live in care for the elderly, or dementia and Alzheimer’s care, call Senior Helpers of Clearwater to speak to a senior care specialist today 727-210-1414!   The compassionate senior care specialists at Senior Helpers can also guide you through the process of receiving the Veterans Administration Aid and Attendance Benefit if your elderly loved one is a veteran.   In home senior care allows your loved one to stay in the comforts of their own home for as long as possible while receiving the level of care they need. Senior Helpers of Clearwater provides a wide range of services including Alzheimer’s and dementia care, personal assistance, companionship, and so much more to all areas of Largo, Seminole, and St. Petersburg (Including the Beaches), Florida


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