Update: In the years since I wrote this, I’ve realized that “elderly” can be seen as an ageist term. I now know that “older adult” is a better term. Still, the fact remains that people find these posts almost daily, years later, because they’re searching for “reading aloud to the elderly.” So I’m leaving the title intact, but highlighting the fact that these days, our terminology differs.
We’ve come to the end of the series of posts on reading aloud to seniors. We’ve talked about
All that’s left to ask and answer is WHO can do this? WHO will do this?
The answer is easy — ANYONE who can read and who has a voice, from the smallest new reader to a fellow isolated senior, can read aloud to a senior who is lonely, isolated, can no longer read for his or herself, who yearns for the sound of another voice and for a story to brighten the long day.
YOU can do this. I can do this. WE can do this.
We have the tools, we have the understanding, we can make the opportunity.
I wish you all the best as you seek to touch someone’s life by reading to them.