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The speech therapist at the nursing home suggested that we get my father books on audio (he's pretty much lost the ability to read).

I am leaning towards a Kindle but only because of familiarity, so am open to any ideas.

The ideal device:

Needs to only allow for reading and playing audio books (too many features and he'll never deal with it).

Will allow me to manage it easily (remotely would be great, so that I could push new books to it from a service and just have the therapist or one of us make sure it his wifi for new books).

Have available for purchase "tough covers" like a child would use (unsteady hands)

*Preferrably* an audio port for headphones that's easy to use (or that I could rig the headphones to stay in), since dexterity is also gone

Any ideas, or is a Kindle my best option with subscription?

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Good question. If you want him to “read along”, I’d go for one of the more basic Kindles, just so long as it handles “WhisperSync” from Audible. If you just want him to listen to audiobooks, then any MP3 player will do. Audible will work with quite a basic MP3 player.

How confused is your dad, Imp? Would he be operating the device or would it be down to a nurse/member of staff to operate? I’m asking because IRL I have a friend who is rapidly declining into her dementia. It’s been at least 3 years since her initial diagnosis, but she has been noticibly worse in the last 4 months. Hester would not cope with a Kindle now. Last month, she could just about manage a cell-phone, but she was constantly phoning my DH and not making sense. (God knows why his number was first on her phone.)

You may only need two or three audiobooks on rotation, depending on his level of memory loss, in which case is there an old CD player lying around? You can burn Audible books to CD as regular sound tracks, not as MP3s.


- Pam
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