Senior reading activities start with good books
including the classics.
Senior reading activities is a “comfort” sort of thing that is really appreciated, especially when there is vision loss, one of the common elderly issues. Elderly people feel very helpless when they cannot read, and it creates such anxiety that depression can result. Boredom also is common.
Because vision loss also can eliminate TV, keeping busy in other ways is especially important. Certainly books on tape are helpful, but it is usually done alone. Good senior activities should involve the social aspect as much as possible.
Reading to a group is also great – in my Dad’s assisted living community, sometimes a volunteer reader even comes in a costume of the era that the book takes place in.
Seniors also enjoy it when a young person reads to them too.
Whether you read to a group or one-on-one, the more expression you put into it, the funner it is! My own father has extreme vision loss, and I read to him every night. It is one of our most cherished times together.
The varied list below includes not only our favorites for senior reading activities, but also recommendations other have made for senior citizens. Make sure you choose wholesome books including the classics. For those who can watch movies, many of those in our list have also been made into movies.
Mary Higgins Clark:
(Mystery and suspense – many of her books are movies)
Where Are You Now?
I Heard That Song Before
Two Little Girls in Blue
He Sees You When You’re Sleeping
Around the World in 80 Days (Also a movie)
A Journey to the Center of the Earth (Also a movie)
Master of the World
The Mysterious Island (Also a movie)
Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea (Also a movie)
James Fenimore Cooper
Last of the Mohicans (Also a movie)
Jane Eyre (Also a movie)
Wuthering Heights (Also a movie)
(All books are also movies)
Sense and Sensibility
Pride and Prejudice
(action-packed historical novels)
Captains and the Kings (Also a movie)
Dear and Glorious Physician – (about St. Luke)
Great lion of God – (about St. Paul)
Testimony of Two Men
Glory and the lightning
Never Victorious, Never Defeated
Moby Dick (Also a movie)
Edgar Rice Burroughs
At The Earth’s Core (Also a movie)
The Tarzan series (Also a movie)
The Land That Time Forgot (Also a movie)
The Lost Continent (Also a movie)
The Illiad (Also a movie – “Troy”)
The Oddessy (Also a movie)
Great Expectations (Also a movie)
Oliver Twist (Also a movie – “Oliver”)
The Old Curiosity Shop (Also a movie)
Tale of Two Cities (Also a movie)
David Coperfield (Also a movie)
(action-packed legal thrillers)
The Firm (Also a movie)
The Rainmaker (Also a movie)
The Chamber (Also a movie)
The Harry Potter series (Also movies)
Marion Zimmer Bradley
(action novels based on historical Celtic history)
The Mists of Avalon (Also a movie)
(the Avalon series)
The Once And Future King (about King Arthur)
The Book of Merlyn
The Crystal Cave (about Merlin)
The Moonspinners (thriller) (Also a movie)
Nine Coaches Waiting (gothic suspense)
Clear and Present Danger (Also a movie)
Any of the Jack Ryan novels (Also a movie)
(mix of real science, fiction and thriller)
Sphere (Also a movie)
Congo (Also a movie)
Jurassic Park (Also a movie)
Arthur Conan Doyle:
Sherlock Holmes books (Also movies)
The Lost City
Beyond The City
Hawaii (Also a movie)
Tales of the South Pacific (Also a movie – “South Pacific”)
Jack Canfield & Mark Victor Hanson:
Chicken Soup for the Soul
Chicken Soup for the Golden Soul
Dr. Wayne Dyer:
10 Secrets for Success and Inner Peace
Reading activities can also be done in conjunction with a hobby. If your senior loved one or friend is now unable to participate in their favorite hobby as they once did, staying involved in other ways through books, videos and TV can bring enjoyment.
Check out our page on hobbies to see how this may work:
Finding A Hobby — Finding a hobby that is just right for you will give you a lifetime of enjoyment. Here’s the coolest list of hobby ideas (for all ages) either to do alone or in a group.