Reading is perhaps one of the greatest habits for your emotional well-being, as many seniors would agree. However, the elderly who enjoy reading are often faced with complications that make it difficult to pursue their hobby. Most commonly, hyperopia or farsightedness lower the focus and precision of eyesight after 45 years. Other than that, Glaucoma, cataract, Diabetes also tends to affect vision in elders. Musculoskeletal disorders like Osteoarthritis, Rheumatoid Arthritis, gout, Carpal Tunnel Syndrome, Dupuytren's Contracture, Osteoporosis etc. cause limited mobility making it strenuous to hold and read books for long. Parkinson's, Ataxia and related neurological disorders generate involuntary tremors or shaking in hands which also cause seniors to struggle with reading or writing. Some may find it difficult to focus on reading in a noisy environment, especially if affected by mental stress, anxiety or depression.
Hyperopia can be easily dealt with by using a reading glass prescribed by a trained eye-specialist. More serious problems like cataract and glaucoma generally require surgery. These days, LASIK surgery is most popular and effectively restores better eyesight. The problems of limited mobility can be overcome by using a free hand document holder or free hand desk clamp. The contour pen is specially designed for writing comfortably with minimum strain on hand. The portable LED solar lamp emit sufficiently bright light to serve as the perfect bedside lamp for reading. Aktive reachers can help you to reach the top racks of a bookshelf at your home or a library. Ideally, a library or reading room is the best place to read in silence, otherwise, the soft foam earplugs can help you to read peacefully as it cancels out all outside noise.