Classic literature will always hold value because these books are thought-provoking works that stand the test of time due to their strong, purposeful language, colorful characters, and captivating themes. However, perceptions of these books may change as people grow older, and these stories can affect them in different ways. Prescott Home Care experts have put together a list of few classic tales aging adults may want to revisit later in life.
Though many seniors have likely seen Peter Jackson’s silver screen version of this classic J.R.R. Tolkien tale, the book is still worth reading once more. Not only is it rich with fantastic feats of courage and bravery, but it carries a poignant message about tapping into inner reserves of strength when they’re needed most. Both fun and exciting, The Hobbit is great way for seniors to comfortably while away the hours, and it can also be a tremendous source of inspiration.
The Catcher in the Rye
As the main protagonist of J.D. Salinger’s classic book, Holden Caulfield is riddled with enough angst to make him relatable to any teen. However, it is his pervasive sense of isolation that also makes him relatable to many seniors. Though this troubled 16-year-old can come off as a know-it-all at times, his adventures are captivating and his allusions to the sources of his pain are intriguing. Having raised children of their own, aging adults giving The Catcher in the Rye a second read can gain a far better understanding of why this young boy is so prone to personal disaster.
The Great Gatsby
F. Scott Fitzgerald’s classic novel is a good read for any senior who loves dreaming of opulence, money earned fast and dishonestly, and friends who won’t leave their side even during the darkest and final hours. Not only is The Great Gatsby an incredibly captivating literary work, but it also has built-in layers of meaning most readers only understand after decades of building, maintaining, and even losing friendships.
Love You Forever
A bit more recent than the other books on this list, Love You Forever is by no means an adult book. In fact, some seniors might remember reading this Robert Munsch book to their own children many years ago. This short and beautifully illustrated work takes the reader through every stage of the child protagonist’s life as his mother does all she possibly can to make him feel comfortable and loved. At the book’s very end, the young boy has become a grown man and, just as his mother once stole into his room to rock him to sleep, he now steals into hers to provide the same sense of comfort and support.
Reading regularly is a wonderful way for seniors to stave off cognitive disorders like dementia and Alzheimer’s. If your loved one needs more mental stimulation in his or her life, turn to Home Care Assistance. We are a leading provider of Alzheimer’s and dementia home care Prescott, AZ, seniors can count on, and we also offer comprehensive stroke and Parkinson’s care. For more information, call one of our qualified Care Managers today at (928) 771-0105.