Book Clubs for Seniors
It is so important for seniors to be able to get out socialize with their peers and to engage in activities that can help keep them stay stimulated and active. This is one of the best ways to help seniors not only stay happy and avoid depression, but even help with issues such as early dementia.
Unfortunately, for many seniors, it can sometimes be difficult to maintain the type of social life that they want. This is why it is so important for seniors to think outside the box and to start joining different clubs and organizations designed with senior social events in mind. While meeting up with old friends for coffee is a great start, many times, this alone isn’t enough to help keep seniors as engaged and mentally and socially stimulated as they need.
This is why senior-only book clubs are so great. Here are a few of the many benefits of these book clubs.
- It provides seniors with much-needed social time with their peers, which can be hard to schedule as we get older.
- For seniors who live a more solitary lifestyle, it can help them meet new friends their own age, particularly if many of their friends have passed or moved away.
- It can encourage seniors to challenge their minds by reading new books and materials, especially books they maybe wouldn’t have otherwise read.
- Book clubs can show seniors they aren’t too old to try something new, which can be encouraging.
- It is a great excuse for seniors to get out of the house.
- If seniors join a book club that travels between homes, it can encourage them to host and keep their home in order for guests.
Seniors need to stay active as they age if they want to make sure they are aging in a healthy manner. Book clubs are a great way to do this. Most book clubs only meet about once a month, which means it won’t be too much of a commitment, especially for seniors who need help arranging transportation. Plus, having a book to read every month is a great way to help seniors build a more set schedule.
Finding a senior-only book club can be easier than it seems. There are Facebook and NextDoor groups that specifically cater to senior book clubs and meet ups. There are also many community centers, gyms, senior centers and assisted living homes that organize senior-only book clubs. There are book clubs that travel from place to place, or those that hold monthly meetings in the same place in community centers and assisted living communities.
Book clubs are just one of the many ways that today’s seniors can get out there, stay social and keep their minds and imaginations wandering as they enjoy a great activity with their peers.
- Lori Thomas has decades of experience as a caregiver. Her writing for SeniorAdvice.com is informed by years of research as well as hands-on family experience caring for her now late mother, who had chronic health issues for most of her life. Lori is an integral part of the SeniorAdvice.com management team, acting as Vice President of Marketing and Chief Editor.
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