Since time immemorial, all human civilizations have shared a common trait: the willingness to express themselves.
Whether through manuscripts, tablets, scrolls, or scribbling on the walls of caves, humankind has tried, and tried
successfully, to express themselves through words or art. Humans have preserved history and led the way to progress
through books and reading. Its benefit for society and the self are known far and wide. Fast-tracking to today’s hyperdigital times, the most common and accessible way for people of all ages to spread and gain knowledge is through books.
Books treasure the power to be a friend to the lonely, a guide to the lost, and a life coach to the seekers of truth. Be it an
older adult or a curious child, books can capture the interests of people of all ages and personality types.
For adults with health needs, reading for pleasure offers many health benefits:
Just six minutes of reading can reduce stress levels by 68%.
Despite the rewards of reading, people drift away from it. In the case of the elderly, a misconception is that all of their
cognitive functions deteriorate as they approach old age. Though ageing leads to reduced capacity to learn or master
new tasks, it has little association with memory for factual information. Particularly, language features such as
vocabulary, reading, and comprehension remain more or less stable throughout life. Now that we know the science
behind reading, let’s dive into the world of literature!
Though ageing leads to reduced capacity to learn and master new tasks, it has little association
with memory for factual information and knowledge of words and concepts.
Here are five light reads that your elderly can surely enjoy
The Music of Solitude by Krishna Sobti
This is a beautiful and touching story about two elderly people, Aranya and Ishan, who are neighbours and good friends.
Both have a solitary lifestyle and struggle with the physical, social, and emotional downsides of growing old. But
through deep conversations, unconditional friendship, and supporting each other, they face all the challenges of
growing old together. Your senior loved one will surely feel understood through this masterpiece by the great Hindi
writer, Krishna Sobti.
My Journey by Dr A.P. J Abdul Kalam
In this autobiographical book, one of the most cherished presidents of India, Dr A. P. J. Abdul Kalam recounts his
experiences of childhood, adolescence, and adulthood. His powerful words, fond memories, and inspiring life stories will
undoubtedly motivate elders to live courageously and to dream fearlessly. This book is written in a fairly
straightforward manner and also includes pictures, keeping readers interested.
Gitanjali by Rabindranath Tagore
Gitanjali needs no introduction. This collection of poems by modern India’s most celebrated poet, writer, and
philosopher led him to win the Nobel Prize in Literature. More on the philosophical and spiritual side, Rabindranath
Tagore’s infamous Gitanjali can make readers one with the Divine. All elderly people can find solace, peace, and
immense satisfaction upon reading the verses of Gitanjali.
A Man Called Ove by Fredrik Backman
Though a fictional story, this novel will resonate with adults who don’t quite like people in general. It’s a story about an
old man, Ove, who is a bit grumpy and wants nothing to do with his friends or neighbours. For Ove, peace lies not in this
world, but somewhere (and with someone) else. It’s a warm and light-hearted tale that can make readers smile and cry.
A must-read for sure!
When Breath Becomes Air by Paul Kalanithi
A non-fiction autobiographical book, this poignant life story was written by an American neurosurgeon, Paul Kalanithi
who was diagnosed with stage IV lung cancer. This is an emotional read and explores topics like life, death, beauty, and
hope. Though dealing with serious themes, this book has inspired millions of people since it was published in 2016.
We hope these book recommendations succeed in bringing peace to the daily lives of your elderly parents, relatives,
and friends. Our healthcare experts and home caregivers offer unmatchable care at home and can even read these
books to your loved ones! Click here to know more about our home caregiving services for the elderly.
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