Top Ten Must-Read Books for Today's Seniors
Looking for some great books that are sure to be on any senior's must-read list? There are many that may fit the bill. Regardless if it is comedy, drama, mystery, or poetry, there are plenty of books just waiting to be opened.
Why is Reading Books a Great Activity for Seniors?
Good for Memory
Many seniors enjoy reading. It's not just a way to transport you to another place or time, but reading also offers some great health benefits. It can slow down cognitive decline by exercising your memory. It also helps strengthen the brain's neural network and makes the mind more receptive to learning and memory retention.
Helps with Decision-Making
Reading can help keep decision-making skills sharp and improves your reasoning skills. It may not make choosing what you are having for dinner any easier. However, it can make it easier to carry on a conversation about it.
Reduces Stress and Helps You Sleep Better
Reading a book is the best way to get your mind off of anything that makes you anxious or stressed and helps you to relax and even sleep better. Making reading a ritual before closing your eyes at night, signals the body that it is time to sleep. After all, who hasn't fallen asleep with a good book?
Reading is one activity that can be done indoors or out, sitting or lying in bed, during any season or time of day. Most books offer large print. So it becomes easier to enjoy for those who have difficulty reading smaller types.
What are the Best Books for Seniors?
Of course, seniors, just like any age group, have a genre that they are most comfortable with. Or one that gives them the most enjoyment. It is not a bad idea to try new subjects or categories. But you might not want to make the leap from romance to horror genres right away.
I'm Too Young To Be Seventy by Judith Viorst. Seniors who aren't feeling their age will love this wonderful collection of witty, wise, and touching poems. Viorst is the author of similar works of witty poetry on aging at thirty, forty, fifty, and sixty. It is a fun read that looks at aging and will make any reader read the passages and smile with recognition.
Has it been a while since you picked up a book? Maybe start with a series to get you warmed up. The Harry Potter Series by J.K. Rowling is a great place to start. It is a mixture of fantasy and drama. Though it may be listed as young adult fiction, most adults agree that this series is a great page-turner.
Many seniors enjoy reading historical fiction and non-fiction. They love looking back in time and remembering or learning about the past. The Nightingale by Kristin Hannah is a World War II novel featuring a couple of sisters living in France during the Nazi invasion. It is a story of choices and consequences that combines history with fiction, prompting the reader to eagerly turn pages to see what will happen next.
A great historical non-fiction read that is perfect for seniors, is House of Glass: The Story and Secrets of a Twentieth-Century Jewish Family by Hadley Freeman. This piece follows Hadley finding her grandmother's secret shoebox and tracing its contents to find an interesting and remarkable unraveling of her family history.
Jenny Odell wrote How to Do Nothing: Resisting the Attention Economy to show us how we can all win back our lives by choosing how we use and spend our attention. She offers an action plan for thinking outside the box when it comes to efficiency and technology.
Another non-fiction selection for seniors is Disrupt Aging: A Bold New Path to Living Your Best Life at Every Stage. Jo Ann Jenkins, who is the CEO for AARP, writes about changing the conversation regarding aging. She focuses on health, wealth, and self. Writing to inspire people of all ages to live their best and fullest life.