Help me help my almost 99-year-old grandmother read again!
December 19, 2006 8:02 AM Subscribe
Help me help my almost 99-year-old grandmother read again! Excessively epic story inside.
posted by pazazygeek to health & fitness (18 answers total)
My grandmother is very elderly, but in incredible mental shape. She's very hard of hearing. She wears hearing aides, but you must speak loudly and slowly for her to hear you, and I suspect that she only gets bits and pieces and uses context to fill in the rest. She's been very hard of hearing for a long time, but I can tell that it's gotten much worse over time. I can speak on the phone with her, but we can't talk long. When I visit with her in person, we have long conversations where I ask her all sorts of questions about her long and interesting life.
She also has macular degeneration, and her eyesight is now extremely poor. She stopped listening to the radio and watching television a while back because of her hearing problems, but now she has stopped reading because it is frustrating and too difficult for her. I can tell this is a major blow to her, as she's always loved to read.
She says that she can read with a magnifying glass but that it's "a pain in the ass" - which I can understand. She only has one of those handheld magnifying glasses. I asked her if she had tried books on tape and she says she can't really hear them (not a big surprise).
I plan on visiting a medical supply store today to see if they have anything to help out here - I think I remember seeing a magnifying glass that goes over a book so you don't have to hold it at least, but I'm trying to think of a good long term solution as her eyesight gets worse. I would like to suggest that she learn braille, in case she goes blind, but I'm worried that it will upset her and don't know where to begin with that. I live in Boston and she's here in Los Angeles, and it's rare that I get to see her, so I can't visit with her and help keep her mind sharp like I know that reading has.
So, wise mefites, do you have any ideas here?