It seems that August is coming to an end; many people are back in school, home from any summer vacations that may have occurred, already preparing for or entrenched in the multitude of activities that come with fall – sports, clubs, the Walk to End Alzheimer’s…etc.
As we say goodbye to the lazy hazy days of summer, we thought it might be nice to review some of our favorite reads. Today there are so many more options for literary resources related to dementia and dementia care. This week, we would like to take a few moments to highlight some of those resources. We’ll be breaking them up into categories: Books for Children, Youth, Caregivers, People with Early Memory Loss, etc. so check back daily for recommendations in each category!
Before we get started, we also want to share a few resources that may be helpful for those individuals that may benefit more from audio books. Most people know that their local library has a variety of books on CD/MP3 that are free to check out. There are a couple of other free options that are available as well:
OverDrive: OverDrive is an app for smartphones that allows individuals to download audio books from online library systems, directly onto their smartphones. This is a free app, but reviewers note that it does not play WMA files, which may limit book options.
The Library of Congress, National Library Service for the Blind & Physically Handicapped (NLS) also has audio books and audio players that can be sent to your home at no cost. There is an application form with physician authorization required initially and details can be found at: http://www.loc.gov/nls/index.html . For our followers here in Georgia, the state affiliate of this program is known as GLASS, and more information is available on their website: http://georgialibraries.org/glass/
Of course there are also many ways to download e-books online through websites and programs that request payment. Many of those are also excellent services, just be sure to read reviews and make sure a site is legitimate before subscribing to anything with your credit card.