Book Shelf

February 15, 2017 | Patricia Wuest

Reading is a great pastime and provides many benefits. Here are four great books to read!

The benefits of reading for senior adults are many:

  • Reduces stress
  • Provides mental stimulation
  • Helps you gain knowledge and expand vocabulary
  • Improves memory

Looking for a good book to download on your Kindle or check out from your local library? Here are four suggestions.

My Life, My Love, My Legacy

by Coretta Scott King

The widow of the Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr., (Loretta Scott King died in 2006) recounted her life’s story to Rev. Dr. Barbara Reynolds. It is a remarkable story about a woman who raised four children after her husband’s assassination. While raising her family, she took on the leadership of the struggle for racial equality.

Prime of Life

by P.D. Bekendam

This is a fun-filled, quirky story about a cardiothoracic surgeon named Ben, who suddenly abandons his career and becomes a janitor at a retirement facility. In the end, his past catches up to him, and his life begins to unravel. We won’t spoil the ending!

Major Pettigrew’s Last Stand 

by Helen Simonson

A New York Times bestseller, this book is set in Edgecombe St. Mary, a small village in the English countryside. Major Ernest Pettigrew is retired and leads a quiet life. He is guided by honor and duty (and a properly brewed cup of tea!). When his brother dies, this heartwarming story takes a turn when Pettigrew begins a friendship with Mrs. Jasmina Ali, the Pakistani shopkeeper from the village.

Noah’s Compass 

by Anne Tyler

Tyler has written many books that senior adults can enjoy, and like many of her novels, Noah’s Compass is funny and populated with characters that will seem like friends. The author’s themes often center around coming to terms with change, family, love and memory. The main character in the story, Liam Pennywell is 61 and is suddenly faced with a frightening gap in his memory. What happens next is a very engaging read.

“With all the trees and the lake, it’s like living in the country.”

Lillie B

“I don’t have to cook, clean or wash my clothes. That’s the best!”

Margaret N

“The people are friendly; I love them all!”

Margaret B

“I’m just overjoyed to be here.”

Matt G

“You have to come and visit us, because it is beautiful.”

Lillie B