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Health 383 views Aug 15, 2019
Great Books for Elderly Readers

It’s said that the joy of reading never leaves you. Getting stuck into a good book or favourite magazine is a wonderful way to pass the time whatever your age.


The joy of becoming totally immersed in a good read is something which often has its roots in childhood and most keen readers will tell you that reading is something which is invaluable as a tool for relieving stress or simply for passing a few hours. According to the Live-in Care Hub many older people find their days significantly enhanced when they have access to reading materials.


Indeed, according to their No Place like Home report many carers, whether they are providing live-in care 24/7 or regular home care services during the day, have confirmed that elderly people are happiest when they have familiar things like their favourite books around them. When your senior relative has a bookshelf groaning with books it can be difficult wondering what book to get for them that they haven’t already read. Here are some suggestions.


Water For Elephants by Sara Gruen

This award-winning book, recommended for elderly people by Goodreads, tells the story of love between two people from different worlds.


The Old Man and the Sea by Ernest Hemingway

This is about an old fisherman and his battle for survival against rough seas. It’s a fairly simple and short but absorbing tale.


Nana in the City by Lauren Castillo

This would be a lovely story to read to the grandkids as well as being one that can whisk you away to a world of a young boy, his grandmother and a magic cape.


Making the Rounds with Oscar by David Dosa

An extraordinary true story of the cat who knew when people at the end of their lives needed the comfort he could provide. Heart-warming and inspiring.


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

A 79 year old woman dreams of escaping her humdrum life and robbing a bank. She and four friends decide to rebel against the ordinary and go on to have fun adventures.


Major Pettigrew’s Last Stand by Helen Simonson

Set in a traditional English village this book explores the local characters, their travails and foibles.


One Man’s Wilderness: An Alaskan Odyssey by Richard Proenneke

An inspiring read for those with an adventurous streak.


These are just a few general suggestions of course but you can also consider books relating to hobbies and interests whether that be gardening, wildlife, caravans, motorcycles or crafts. The choice is endless.


Audiobooks and E-Readers


For people who are blind or partially-sighted or who have difficulty in concentrating audiobooks or podcasts are a godsend. Simply download some onto an easily accessible device which they or their carer can operate. The RNIB have a large collection of talking books for the blind.


An e-reader like the Amazon Kindle Paperwhite is a great option as it has options to set font size for easier reading and the screen is glare-free even in bright sunlight. Downloading books is simple to do and the device is very user-friendly.


 With all these options, both for books to try and for devices to read them on, there’s really no reason your elderly relative or friend shouldn’t be able to enjoy reading, wherever they may be!