1. Expert Q&A: Protecting a person with dementia from financial abuse - Weds 26 June, 3:30-4:30 pm

    Financial abuse can have serious consequences for a person with dementia. Find out how to protect a person with dementia from financial abuse.

    Sam, our Knowledge Officer (Legal and Welfare Rights) is our expert on this topic. She will be here to answer your questions on Wednesday 26 June between 3:30 - 4:30 pm.

    You can either post questions >here< or email them to us at talkingpoint@alzheimers.org.uk and we'll answer as many as we can on the day.

  1. gem2014

    gem2014 Registered User

    Sep 11, 2014
    17
    Hi mum has vascular dementia and is partially sighted. Making reading impossible. Now the darker colder days are here she gets bored sat watching telly all day. Last year I borrowed some CD discs from the library for mum to try. However they all had about 6 or7 discs in them. These were far to much for mum. As she would either forget what the story was about or forget how to work the CD. Does anyone know of any websites they have used to find very short stories consisting of one disc per story? Possibly lasting about one hour.
     
  2. Grannie G

    Grannie G Volunteer Moderator

    Apr 3, 2006
    68,668
    Kent
    If your mother is still reading, have you considered a Kindle ? I find it wonderful because the font can be enlarged to suit while it`s not as heavy as large print books.
     
  3. Saffie

    Saffie Registered User

    Mar 26, 2011
    22,489
    Female
    Near Southampton
    Your library should have a website from where you can download Talking books free.
    You can download them directly to a device such as an ipod or MP3 or 4 player or, as I do, download to the computer and transfer them across. In this way, although the book will disappear from the computer after a couple of weeks . it remains on your device for as long as you wish.
    There are all sorts of books available including books of short stories though you will obviously have to seek them out.
     
  4. arielsmelody

    arielsmelody Registered User

    Jul 16, 2015
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  5. reedysue

    reedysue Registered User

    Nov 4, 2014
    4,563
    Scotland
    I agree, my mum uses a Kindle which she spends a lot of time reading, it's also great when there is a power cut.
     
  6. gem2014

    gem2014 Registered User

    Sep 11, 2014
    17
    Thank you for your all the advice. Unfortunately mum's eye sight is very poor and it makes reading a struggle and not enjoyable for her anymore. Which is a real shame as she loves books. I will have a look at the website but the Library we use didn't give any suggestions about where I could find shorter stories. Although it is now run by volunteers and they may not have the same knowledge. I had thought about taping myself but I'm not the best of readers and I do mumble a bit where mum would benefit more from clearly spoken narrators as her hearing isn't good either.
    Thanks again
     
  7. Beate

    Beate Registered User

    May 21, 2014
    11,489
    Female
    London
  8. Saffie

    Saffie Registered User

    Mar 26, 2011
    22,489
    Female
    Near Southampton
    Our village library is now run by volunteers too but I was referring to the County library website which you could find by googling it. I then have to log in as a member with my card number and go to 'ebooks' which incudes the audiobooks too. Our's has hundreds of titles, some of which are short stories.

    Perhaps podcast might suit too.
     
  9. nita

    nita Registered User

    Dec 30, 2011
    1,770
    Female
    Essex
    I found these audio CDs on Amazon:-

    http://www.amazon.co.uk/Short-Stori...&rh=n:275380,p_n_binding_browse-bin:308724031

    You can also search under short stories and anthologies.

    I also found these in the British Library shop:-

    https://shop.bl.uk/mall/departmentpage.cfm/BritishLibrary/_87323/1/Literature

    I hope you can find something your mother would like. My Mum used to read loads of short stories. She liked the Irish writers like William Trevor and Edna O'Brien. Some of them can be quite long though.
     
  10. maryw

    maryw Registered User

    Nov 16, 2008
    3,805
    Surrey
    Try http://www.calibre.org.uk

    Also your local council may operate a local talking newspaper.

    RNIB also run Talking Newspapers now I believe.
     
  11. NeonPink

    NeonPink Registered User

    Nov 7, 2015
    10
    #11 NeonPink, Nov 27, 2015
    Last edited: Nov 27, 2015
    Listening Books website

    Hi, Listening Books website is brilliant, Google search them, it is especially for people who cannot read books in the usual way. The yearly subscription is £20, they do have free memberships for those who need them too, and it is an audio book library. I download books, but there are a variety of ways to listen CD's and streaming too, and a variety of genres, length of stories.

    listening-books.org.uk
     

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