Benefits of audiobooks for seniors

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People who love to read often get lost in a good book. Reading is a beloved pastime around the world. But even avid readers can’t be immersed in books all the time…or can they?

Reading while driving or doing other tasks is difficult, even dangerous, but audiobooks offer a way to enjoy a good story even when you’re busy. Although dedicated readers may feel like they’re “cheating” into turning to audiobooks, these alternatives to traditional books can be beneficial in a variety of applications, especially for people with learning disabilities or language learners. second.

Plus, audiobooks are a great solution for seniors who struggle with failing eyesight but still enjoy the challenge and fun of mastering new stories and information in a good book.

Audio books have grown in popularity. Data from the Audio Publishers Association indicates that audiobook sales reached $1.2 billion in 2019. This figure supports the idea that audiobooks can offer a host of benefits to people who are eager to get started. their next page-turner.

Improve punctuation and fluency: Audiobooks tend to be read by professional narrators or even well-known actors and actresses. Listening to audiobooks can help people learn the correct pronunciation of words, read with punctuation in mind, and consider speed, accents, and pauses which are important for developing fluency. reading.

• Introduce new material: Reading Rockets, a resource for teaching reading, says audiobooks can introduce readers to books above their reading levels or topics they can’t normally delve into.

• Expand vocabulary: Listening to audiobooks can introduce readers to new words and teach them how to pronounce unfamiliar dialects or old literary styles.

• Experience vivid images: Audiobooks can evoke feelings about what they must have read in childhood. According to Psychology Today, listeners can use the narrator’s words and form mental images of the characters and plot.

• Escape : Rather than listening to music while moving, exercising, or doing work that doesn’t require much concentration, people can use audiobooks to stimulate their minds.

• Relax and release stress: Audiobooks can help people feel happy, improving their overall health. Relaxing voices and descriptions of vivid scenes can soothe a person and even help prepare them for sleep.

• Manage your time more effectively: A notable benefit of audiobooks is that they can be used while people are doing other tasks, which frees up time throughout the day while ensuring people enjoy a good story.

• Keep seniors’ mental skills sharp: Staying mentally active is key to health and well-being as we age. Books that spark the imagination or challenge the reader with new ideas are a great way to stay engaged.

Audiobooks can be viewed at Gunnison County Public Libraries. For more information contact 970.641.8435 in Gunnison or 970.349.0348 in Crested Butte.

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