Visual or Audible: Great Books For Seniors in Long-Term Care

Senior woman reading a book in long-term care

If you’ve recently been transitioned to long-term care, now may be the perfect time to catch up on the reading you’ve always wanted to do. With so many resources available — audiobook and traditional physical books — the choices can almost seem overwhelming. Here are a few great options to ignite the book lover inside of you.

5 Audiobook Suggestions Perfect for Seniors

As of 2018, there were over $2.5 billion in sales on audiobooks in the United States. More and more people are enjoying audiobooks because it’s easy to listen wherever you are. Here are a few great options to tickle your ears:

1.) Murder on the Orient Express – Agatha Christie

This book centers around a murder that takes place on a train. The passengers on board must figure out who the murderer is before someone else dies.

2.) Rosemary: The Hidden Kennedy Daughter – Kate Clifford Larson

The life of Rosemary Kennedy is the focus of this heartbreaking biography. It explores the life of Joe and Rose Kennedy’s daughter, her secret lobotomy at the age of 23 and her siblings’ future work to improve the lives of people with mental and developmental disabilities.

3.) Unbroken – Laura Hillenbrand

If you enjoy triumphal success stories, this is the book for you. It follows Olympian Louis Zamperini through his time at sea and as a Nazi prisoner.

4.) The Longevity Diet – Valter Longo

This book will take you through the science of slowing aging down, controlling your weight and fighting disease. Org writes that Longo’s healthy, lifespan-extending program is based on an easy-to-adopt plan along with the fasting-mimicking diet.

5.) The 100-Year Life – Lynda Gratton, Andrew Scott

Lynda Gratton and Andrew Scott offer an analysis and solutions on topics such as finance, education, career, and more to fulfill a 100-year life.

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Hard Copy Books Seniors Will Love

If you’re more fond of physical books, not to worry. There is a sense of nostalgia when you crack open a physical book and smell the fresh pages. If you’re looking for a new read, consider one of these titles:

1.) A Man Called Ove – Fredrik Backman

In this novel, a seemingly grumpy and bitter man hides behind a mean exterior. However, when new neighbors with young children move in next door, everyone sees a different side of him.

2.) The Sweetness At The Bottom Of The Pie – Alan Bradley

This book is a great read for anyone who loves traditional mystery novels. From the perspective of an 11-year-old girl, this story takes you through the skills of the young sleuth who solves murder crimes.

3.) The Help – Kathryn Stockett

The Help is a classic written about different women who come together to tell the story of black maids in the South in 1962.

4.) Disrupt Aging: A Bold New Path to Living Your Best Life at Every Age – Jo Ann Jenkins

This book, written by the CEO of AARP, tells how to live your best life, no matter what age you are.

5.) The Little Old Lady Who Broke All the Rules – Catharina Ingelman-Sundberg

This hilarious book is about a group of women who get fed up with the traditional roles of “old people.” Starting with small things, they wreak havoc and eventually decide to commit a robbery and break all the rules.

The Best of Both Worlds

At MacIntosh, avid readers have plenty of opportunities to get their hands on good reads, from mobile libraries to well-stocked bookshelves on site.

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