Our Top 10 Best Books for Older Adults

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There’s nothing better than relaxing with a good book, a cozy blanket, and a cup of tea. Cozying up with a good read isn’t just super relaxing. It can also provide some amazing health benefits, from enhancing memory, improving decision-making and communication skills, reducing stress and anxiety, and even delaying the onset of Alzheimer’s and dementia. 

Whether you’re reading a physical book, an eBook, or listening to an audiobook, there’s no doubt you’ll be wrapped up in the stories of these top 10 books for older adults. With a mix of fiction and non-fiction, there’s something for everyone to love!


  1. Major Pettigrew’s Last Stand by Helen Simonson.
    A retired British army officer and a Pakistani shopkeeper are the characters in this novel set in the English countryside. Over time, the two grow closer and eventually fall in love. Romeo and Juliet-like cultural and traditional challenges make it a compelling read nonetheless.
  2. The Little Old Lady Who Broke All the Rules by Catharina Ingelman-Sundberg.
    This story centres on a group of seniors who are tired of their usual early bedtimes and soft foods and decide to reclaim their independence by committing a robbery. It’s a comedy of errors that will keep you turning pages until the very end. 
  3. Disrupt Aging: A Bold New Path to Living Your Best Life at Every Stage by Jo Ann Jenkins.
    This book by AARP CEO Jo Ann Jenkins hopes to change the conversations about aging. With a focus on health, wealth, and self, this book will inspire you to live each day to the fullest!
  4. The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry by Rachel Joyce.
    This novel follows Harold Fry, a greying man who can’t quite place where his sadness is coming from. He receives a letter from an old love telling him that she’s dying on the other side of the country. Harold leaves his wife of 47 years to walk 600 miles across England to be with her. Explore memories, purpose, and the meaning of life with this story.
  5. Nothing to Be Frightened Of by Julian Barnes.
    This memoir by Julian Barnes confronts the fear of growing old, which he calls “the most rational thing in the world.” Barnes focuses on conversations of lives lived and lost while contemplating the meaning of death with humour and humility.
  6. Call it a Gift by Valerie Hobbs.
    This story centres on an unlikely pair who meet later in life and fall in love. Warning, have a box of tissues on standby for this heartwarming story!
  7. I’m Too Young To Be Seventy by Judy Viorst.
    This collection of poems is wise, witty, and heartwarming. For the reader who truly believes they are too young to be seventy, these humorous poems will keep you turning the pages.
  8. The Thursday Murder Club by Richard Osman.
    This story is about a group of people in a retirement community who spend their Thursday afternoons solving cold cases over tea. When a murder is committed right under their noses, they begin to take their theoretical investigations into real life. A classic and witty whodunnit!
  9. The Ivy Malone Mystery Series by Lorena McCourtney.
    This popular mystery series is full of likeable characters and interesting twists and turns. Ivy Malone, a detective in her senior years, gets caught up in one mystery after another in this page-turning series!
  10. Prime of Life by P.D. Bekendam.
    This story centres on a doctor who leaves his career behind and becomes a janitor for a retirement community in search of a stress-free life. This book is filled with humour and an interesting cast of characters that will keep you entertained!

Reading is such an incredible way to relax and get swept up in another world or gain some insight into your own. Add these books to your reading list and enjoy witty humour, emotional twists, and entertainment!