In American culture, reading books is the most favorite pastime of people of all ages. Reading a
good book is like time traveling without having to sit in a time machine. You can enlighten your
mind, soul, and heart by reading books of different ages set in varying worlds without doing
much. Books are a powerful tool that can bring people from all walks of life together and stimulate
life-changing conversations that seem necessary for this generation, especially.
For older people, books can do much more than that. According to many studies, reading quality
books can help reduce stress, stimulate positive feelings, and also improve memory. These
benefits of book reading are crucial for older people. Many home health care facilities organize
book reading sessions where the residents engage in fun and engaging activities. However, it is a
challenging job to list down books that are best for elderly people, as the range is vast, but below
are the top favorite books of many senior citizens in 2020.
1) The Nightingale by Kristen Hannah
This book, written by Kristen Hannah is one of the most popular among the genre of historical
fiction. It is based on world war two and tells the story of two sisters living in France. It revolves
around how different the approach of these two sisters was when the Nazi’s invaded the french
territory. One of them ends up taking part in the Resistance and fights for the cause of freedom
relentlessly. This book is a masterpiece for all generations.
2) A Man called Ove by Fredrick Beckman
This novel is a mix of friendship, heartbreak, and everything bittersweet. It is about an elderly
man, who hides his melancholy behind a rude and grumpy exterior. Due to this intentional
persona of this, he catches the name – “the bitter neighbor from hell”. But it all changes when a
happy-go-lucky couple with young kids shift next door to him. This book is an enticing read
revolving around intergenerational friendship and how life can be so happy if you reach out to the
3) The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Skloot
This book is about the breathtaking journey of a woman named Henrietta Lacks, who
unknowingly became the source of a breakthrough in the world of medical science. She was a
poor Southern tobacco farmer, whose cells were taken without her knowledge, and were used to
generate the first human culture of cells. Even though she died almost 60 years ago, her cells are
still alive, making her immortal for life. The writer manages to break down scientific
information into simpler words and captivates the reader with the world of science and
4) The Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie by Alan Bradley
This novel is an excellent choice for a reader who enjoys vintage crime thrillers. The book sets in
the early 1950s in the English countryside. An eleven-year-old girl called Sleuth is the main
character of this book who uses her wits and chemist skills to free her father of a murder charge.
The storytelling in this book is exceptional and compliments readers of any age.
5) The Help by Katherine Stockett
This book allows the readers, especially those who belong to the older generation, to experience
the era of the 1960s when socio-economic values and classism was one of the prevailing trends in
the American culture. It revolves around the lives of African American women who worked for
their white masters and helped raise their kids. Help is a breath-caching read and brings us face to
face with the rules we follow and the rules that we don’t.
6) I am Malala: The Story of the Girl who stood up for Education and Got by the Taliban by Malala Yousufzai
This book showcases the bravery and courage of a little girl called Malala Yousifzai, who got
shot by terrorists for standing up for her rights for education. This incident changed her entire life
but in all the better ways. From a remote village in Pakistan, she is now a part of the United
Nations, and is the youngest-ever Nobel Prize Laureate, winning this honor just at the age of 16.
If you have an elderly at your home or in your care facility, give them one of these books and let
them enjoy a good time.