One of the advantages of becoming a senior is having enough time to enjoy a good book (or five) whenever the mood to read happens to strike. And with numerous studies showing that reading in one’s golden years can promote mental acuity, preserve memory and facilitate learning, Home Care Assistance of Milwaukee wanted to share some of the top novels for senior readers. Here are several suggestions with a special focus on older characters and the experience of becoming a senior:
The Little Old Lady Who Broke All The Rules by Catharina Ingelman-Sundberg
For anyone who wonders if they’re too old to rob a bank, this is their book! It follows the always-entertaining adventures of a 79-year-old home care resident who rebels against the rules that dominate her world. She recruits friends to help her with audacious plans to break out of the home.
To Dance with the White Dog by Terry Kay
The quick-reading narrative follows the experience of Sam Peek, a recent widower mourning the loss of his wife of 57 years. During his mourning, a white dog appears on his property, helping him to gradually make peace with his loss.
The Notebook by Nicholas Sparks
A moving story set in the post-World War II South and modern day, this is a quintessential love story about dedication, sacrifice, and the experience of youthful true love through the years. The book was made into a popular film in 2004.
The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry by Rachel Joyce
This is a terrific book for those who enjoy British humor and their take on retirement and aging. Harold Fry walks across England to see a long-lost friend dying in hospice, convinced that she’ll live as long as he keeps walking.
The 100-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out the Window and Disappeared by Jonas Jonasson
The international best-seller and popular book club choice is a humorous tale. Allan Karlsson is just turning 100 when he decides to escape the nursing home and have another adventure or two, possibly involving vodka, while he still can. Bonus: he is also an explosives expert.
These books feature senior characters in a variety of situations from humorous to poignant, but all of which are certain to entertain their audience, who will certainly see some of their own experiences mirrored back to them within the pages.
Interested in learning more about senior activities and aging well? Reach out to the senior care experts at Home Care Assistance today at 414-964-8000. We look forward to hearing from you!