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Previous Weekly Tips

  • Develop a relationship with your Talking Book librarian, just like you have with your local public librarian. Each regional Talking Book library has people there to call to help you find books. Put their phone number in a prominent place and use it often—so you have a constant supply of great books coming to your home.
  • When starting to read audio or talking books, start with something short and fun. Audiobooks might put you to sleep, so making sure you have something really engaging will help—unless, of course, the goal is to get to sleep! 
  • When setting up lighting, it’s helpful to think of light as a stream of water.  You want the target to be “wet” without splashing into your face.
  • In public buildings built to modern code, doors will open toward an exit.  In case of fire, use “push” doors to exit a public building.
  • Community outreach can help link OIB services and other aging services, providing a more comprehensive experience for your consumer.Have you checked out the free online courses offered through the OIB-TAC?
  • One cause of confusion in older adults can be a urinary tract infection (UTI). Do not just assume dementia or Alzheimer’s Disease is setting in, get tested.
  • Does your consumer want to download a book to play on a smartphone or braille device? Check out BARD (Braille and Audio Reading Download) from the National Library Service at
  • Would you like to learn about older blind services in other states? Visit our OIB-TAC forum to interact and learn.
  • Devices such as the Amazon ECHO or Google Home can provide a variety of accessible voice activated services for persons with vision loss, including multiple alarms and timers, reading books and news, playing music and telling a joke of the day!
  • Have you checked out the free online courses offered through the OIB-TAC?
  • Approximately half the people with diabetes don’t know they have it. Untreated, it can lead to devastating results. An annual physical with a fasting blood test can let you know!
  • Some ophthalmologists recommend cataract surgery as soon as the individual starts having difficulty with everyday tasks. No need to wait until it is “ripe!”
  • Falls are the leading cause of brain injury and hip fractures in persons over 65. Each state has a fall prevention program with exercises to help improve balance. Here is one resource:
  • Hallucinations that accompany vision loss are referred to as Charles Bonnet Syndrome. Typically they last 12-18 months and are not a sign of dementia or mental health issues.
  • If you miss reading your local newspaper try Newsline or your state Radio Reading Service. Contact information is available from your state OIB Program.