Helping Seniors Participate in Get Caught Reading Month

Caregivers in Cedar Grove NJ: Helping Seniors Participate in Get Caught Reading Month

Caregivers in Cedar Grove NJ: Helping Seniors Participate in Get Caught Reading Month

May is designated as Get Caught Reading Month, so you may have noticed posters and billboards around your town with some famous faces with their noses in a book. Celebrities, athletes and public figures are participating in this public awareness campaign designed to inspire people of all ages to read for fun. If you are a family caregiver with an elderly relative that might like to read, now is your best chance to introduce them to reading as a hobby.

How Seniors Benefit From Reading

While people of all ages certainly do benefit from reading, seniors especially have a lot to gain from it. Studies show that reading can help reduce stress because it relaxes the muscles and slows down the heart rate. Reading can help elderly adults that are homebound or have limited mobility to enjoy some wholesome entertainment that is limited only by their imagination.

In seniors, reading regularly also helps keep the brain sharp, because when a person absorbs new information and exercises the mind, they have a lower rate of mental decline. Reading is a mentally stimulating activity, providing exercise for the brain. In fact, studies now show that reading may even delay the onset of such terrible diseases as dementia and Alzheimer’s disease. Other benefits that seniors get from reading include an increase in vocabulary, developing empathy and understanding of different people, expanding knowledge of current events and pure entertainment.

Reading can also open the gate to more social activities. Many communities have book clubs that welcome elderly members. Libraries often have readings and literary clubs for all ages. Seniors can read to grandchildren, other seniors or within the school system If they can as a volunteer. They can even leave reviews online at various websites that welcome honest opinions on books of all genres.

How Family Caregivers Can Help

When elderly loved ones are dependent on a family caregiver of home care provider for their basic needs, it’s hard to imagine how reading fits into their daily life. However, after the bathing, dressing, meal prep and housekeeping are done for the day, elderly adults often have several hours of free time. Yet, their limited mobility and reduced abilities eliminate all but a few hobbies and pastimes. Reading is a wonderful way for them to relax and be entertained when they have limited options.

Sometimes, aging adults have a few challenges to overcome before they can indulge in reading. Poor vision is a big factor in why many elderly adults stop reading. However, there are all kids of adaptive technology products that can help. Magnifiers, books with large print, and reading lights can boost visibility and help seniors with poor vision read again. Many elderly adults find that e-readers are actually easier to read, with the backlit screen and adjustable font size. There are even audio books for seniors who have limited visual options.

When elderly adults participate in the Get Caught Reading campaign during the month of May, they can get swept away in a good book. Not only that, they’ll enjoy the physical and emotional benefits of reading that can last a lifetime.


For caregivers in Cedar Grove, NJ, call ComForCare Home Care at 973-287-4718. Serving Caldwell, Clifton, Montclair, Bloomfield, Nutley, Verona, Little Falls, Cedar Grove, Totowa, Essex Fells, Roseland, Glen Ridge, West Paterson, Fairfield, Passaic, Belleville.

About Zack Demopoulos

Zack and Phyllis Demopoulos are the Owners of ComForcare Senior Services of Fairfield, NJ.

Whether it’s in business or in life, finding the right partner is vital to the success of any union.Fortunately, Zack and Phyllis Demopoulos have found the perfect counterparts in each other.After 21 years of marriage, the couple decided to join forces in a new way with ComForcare.Zack had over two decades in healthcare at Warner-Lambert and Pfizer, and Phyllis was a stay-at-home mom of three and former Estée Lauder trainer.Their strong family values and personal experience with helping relatives who required continuous assistance led them to a business
centered on providing top-notch care to those needing it most. ComForcare is committed to providing caregiving, resources and education to families in Northern Essex and Southern Passaic counties.