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7 Good Books & Online Articles for Seniors to Read

The act of reading brings nothing less than joy. For seniors, indulging oneself in a book can reduce the elevated levels of stress and can offer a great way to pass the time. Additionally, findings of several pieces of research suggests that individuals who engage in reading, as a pastime, tend to have better memory retention, refined decision-making abilities, along with experiencing a better quality of sleep. 

However, the limitations brought on by ageing can hinder the reading ability of senior citizens. In this case, you have more than a few devices in this modern to tackle this issue. For instance, numerous companies have created E-reading devices, with back-lit screens and adjustable font sizes, so senior citizens, as well as visually-impaired individuals, can avoid missing out on the joys of reading. One of the benefits of technology is enjoying pastime favorites in a new way!

Seniors can rely on audio books or books with large printed fonts to facilitate their reading process. Therefore, if you are participating in home care or finding ways to engage your loved one, you can consider the following guide.

A Man Called Ove by Frederick Backman

A Man Called Ove follows a significantly lighter theme. The story revolves around a lonely, old man, who chooses to build emotional walls to guard himself. Due to his extreme grumpiness, Ove earned the title of being a ‘Bitter neighbour from Hell”. However, once Ove meets his new overly-friendly neighbours and their children, he experiences a change in his behaviour. The theme of this book revolves around the story of friendship. It is an extremely light read for individuals who want to enjoy a happy and positive story. You can also watch its film adaption, which is equally interesting.

A Man Called Ove by Frederick Backman

I’m Too Young To Be Seventy by Judy Viorst is a humorous take on the life of a seventy-year-old. It is composed of funny and entertaining observations, in the form of poems about hitting the great seventh decade. The book is a light read and can be read over a period of time, without having to reflect on the previous chapters. I’m Too Young To Be Seventy by Judy Viorst is the perfect gift for a senior, who is about to start the seventh decade of their lives. It offers a positive outlook on ageing and ensures that even seventy is a young age! 

Disrupt Aging: A Bold New Path to Living Your Best Life at Every Stage by Jo Ann Jenkins 

Disrupt Aging: A Bold New Path to Living Your Best Life at Every Stage by Jo Ann Jenkins starts a much-needed discussion about the grace of ageing. In current times, ageing is associated with a negative outlook. However, this book challenges readers to stay positive about the natural phenomenon of ageing. In this book, the theme revolves around three cardinal elements: health, wealth and self. It empowers individuals to feel pride in their age, and inspire themselves to live their best life, regardless of their age. Disrupt Aging: A Bold New Path to Living Your Best Life at Every Stage by Jo Ann Jenkins is definitely worth the read. 

The Handmaid’s Tale by Margret Atwood 

The Handmaid’s Tale is a classic dystopian novel, which is set in a dim future, where there are declining rates of birth. As a result, the United States Government enforces the rape of fertile women, so they can birth an upcoming generation. The theme of the book revolves around the role of women in a misogynistic society. It discusses important themes, such as the influence of religion, government, women’s rights, and the lack of autonomy over a female’s own body. Those only with a strong heart should read this book. There is also a TV series you can enjoy after reading this book. If you feel that the book might be triggering, you can choose a lighter theme from the list. 

A Man Called Ove by Frederick Backman

For those who enjoy a sense of humour, reading Prime of Life by P.D. Bekendam is a great option. The book features a fresh idea for a story that revolves around a man who leaves his job as a qualified doctor to pursue a career as a janitor in a retirement community. The story is wholesome enough to bring a smile on the reader’s face. Prime of Life by P.D. Bekendam also discusses a very important lesson, which is that anything is possible in life. You just need to believe in yourself and the beauty of your dreams. 

The Little Old Lady Who Broke All the Rules by Catharina Ingelman-Sundberg 

Another book that features wholesome and hilarious content is The Little Old Lady Who Broke All the Rules by Catharina Ingelman-Sundberg. This book narrates the story of a gang of senior citizens, who decide to rebel against the system. They protest against the provision of soft food items, as well as the enforced bedtimes. To fulfill their demands, the gang commits a robbery, which could change their lives. The Little Old Lady Who Broke All the Rules by Catharina Ingelman-Sundberg is a compelling novel that will glue anyone to its pages! 

Elder Chicks- A blog by Dr Thelma Reese and Dr Barbara Fleisher

If you are not a fan of reading lengthy books, a blog can provide similar benefits. Elder-chicks is a blog site. This one was created by Dr Thelma Reese and Dr Barbara Fleisher, who discuss the fundamentals of senior living. It talks about different issues faced by senior citizens and provides informative solutions to particular problems. Elder-chicks also includes several blog posts written by guest authors. It includes opinions, updates and community forums, so seniors can experience a sense of belonging within the online community. 

Passing the time can be a struggle. Indulging in a good book or becoming active on a blog site can provide these individuals with the comfort of an effective passage of time. Why not try reading a book together with your loved one for a great bonding activity? The options are endless!

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