Listed below is a compilation of our top 10 reading picks for seniors that range from lifestyle magazines to educational materials. If you find yourself with some free time, consider subscribing to or picking up one of these good reads.
AARP The Magazine
The AARP magazine is the world's largest circulation magazine, serving the needs and interests of people over the age of 50. This magazine is also available online and editorial topics include money, health, travel, and family. The online magazine also includes message boards and games for readers to interact with.
The Dumbest Generation by Mark Bauerlein
If you're having a difficult time identifying with today's youth (i.e. your grandchild), so is Mark Bauerlein. His book, The Dumbest Generation: How the Digital Age Stupefies Young Americans and Jeopardizes Our Future, details how today's youth is consumed by modern technology.
"If you're the parent of someone under 20 and read only one non-fiction book this fall, make it this one. Bauerlein's simple but jarring thesis is that technology and the digital culture it has created are not broadening the horizon of the younger generation; they are narrowing it to a self-absorbed social universe that blocks out virtually everything else."-Don Campbell, USA Today
The Whatchamacallit by Danny Danziger and mark McCrum
What is the name of the plastic or metal tube at the end of your shoelace called? Or, do you know what the name of the plate around the light switch is properly termed? Whatchamacallit is a book full of fun trivia that provides the proper names of everyday items we seem to overlook.
The Curious Case of Benjamin Button by F. Scott Fitzgerald
If you're looking for a quick read, Fitzgerald's The Curious Case of Benjamin Button is the story of a man born into old age who gets younger as time goes by. This short story also inspired a full-length film that features Brad Pitt and Cate Blanchett.
The Alzheimer's Answer Book: Professional Answers to More Than 250 Questions about Alzheimer's and Dementia by Charles Atkins
Whether you're just starting to experience Alzheimer's or wanting to educate yourself, this Q&A covers topics from dementia to the differences between Medicare and Medicaid. This book is a quick and easy reference guide.
Using the Internet Safely For Seniors For Dummies by Nancy C. Muir and Linda Criddle
If you aren't feeling so tech savvy or your Internet skills are subpar, this book will help you learn how to share photos, chat with others online, and enjoy social networking sites! Interact with your grandchild in new ways with the help of this book.
Harry Potter Paperback Box Set (Books 1-6) by J.K. Rowling
Start a book club with your grandchild with this popular fictional series. The series chronicles the adventures of Harry Potter, an adolescent wizard. Harry seeks vengeance after an evil wizard, Lord Voldermont, killed his parents. Each books documents another year in Harry's life at Hogwarts. Help increase your grandchild's literacy and reading comprehension and watch the movies afterward!
Complete Guide to Prescription & Nonprescription Drugs 2009 by H. Winter Griffith and Stephen More
Make sure you know the dangerous side effects and hazards of your prescription drugs. This book includes new FDA approved drugs and includes over 5,000 brand name drugs along with 800 generic names. Photos will also help you properly identify medication, and this easy to read book will prove to be an important resource.
The Time Traveler's Wife by Audrey Niffenegger
Popularized by the recently released film of the same name, The Time Traveler's Wife is a story about a Chicago librarian with "Chrono Displacement" disorder which causes him to time travel between the future and the past. This novel ranks 4 out of 5 stars on Amazon.com with over 1,900 reviews-a reassuring assessment!
Kindle: Amazon's 6" Wireless Reading Device
With the capability to hold over 1,500 books, the Kindle is a wireless reading device with a 3G network, giving you the ability to download books, magazines, and newspapers at rapid speed. The Kindle lets you download books anywhere and anytime with no monthly fees; simply pay $9.99 for each book. Although this gadget is technically not a book, the Kindle weighs in at 10.2 ounces while providing a mini-library at your fingertips. This gadget is great for seniors who can't carry heavy loads!