5 Bedtime Stories Caregivers Can Read to Their Senior Loved Ones

By Anneliese Rosar, 9:00 am on

Reading just before bed can provide a senior with a variety of different benefits, including enhanced memory retention, reduced stress, and better sleep. However, many older adults have a difficult time reading because of different mental or physical limitations. If you have been looking for new short stories to read to your loved one, here are five you might want to consider. 

1. “Wants” by Grace Paley

Paley is known for writing about the complexities of marriage, and this short story is no exception. ”Wants” is an excellent option for divorced or widowed seniors who are having difficulty building new lives. It follows the inner monologue of a divorced woman who runs into her ex-husband on the streets of New York City. Seniors who enjoyed ”Wants” can also consider reading some of Paley’s other short stories such as ”The Used-Boy Raisers” and ”Goodbye and Good Luck.”

Encourage your aging loved one to enjoy a good book from time to time and watch as he or she reaps mental health benefits. If you have a senior loved one who needs help maintaining a high quality of life while aging in place, reach out to Home Care Assistance, an in-home care provider Allen families can rely on. All of our caregivers are bonded, licensed, and insured, there are no hidden fees, and we never ask our clients to sign long-term contracts.

2. “The Nine Billion Names of God” by Arthur C. Clarke

This unique tale has won numerous awards over the last 50 years and was recently published in The Science Fiction Hall of Fame catalog of short stories. It covers a variety of subjects that seniors might find interesting, including mortality, religion, technology, and the true purpose of life. ”The Nine Billion Names of God” follows a group of Tibetan monks who are trying to list the names of all the different gods of the world, and the only way to accomplish this task is to hire programmers who can teach them how to use modern technology. 

3. “The Looking Glass” by Anton Chekhov

Anton Chekhov is an excellent storyteller who evokes dozens of different emotions in each of his short stories. In ”The Looking Glass,” a wife faces difficulty with her marriage as she decides what is really important in her life. Anyone who has overcome the challenges of a long-term marriage should be able to relate to the thoughts that go through the protagonist’s head. This short story also explores the evolution of marriage and how these relationships have changed over the last century. 

With growing access to audio materials, even seniors with decreased vision and other conditions can enjoy the latest best seller or a classic novel. Living with a serious health condition can make it challenging for seniors to age in place. However, they can maintain a higher quality of life with the help of professional live-in care. Allen seniors can benefit from assistance with meal prep, bathing, transportation to the doctor’s office, medication reminders, and much more.

4. “The Secret Life of Walter Mitty” by James Thurber

As we grow older, many of us begin to realize our lives aren’t as exciting as we once believed they would be. In ”The Secret Life of Walter Mitty,” Thurber shows us the world of a man who constantly daydreams to avoid monotony and boredom. As the main character returns from his elaborate daydreams, he begins to realize his quiet life isn’t so bad after all.

5. “The Yellow Wallpaper” by Charlotte Perkins Gilman

Seniors who are living with mental health disorders are sure to relate to the main character in ”The Yellow Wallpaper.” Even though her husband loves and cares for her deeply, the unnamed protagonist of this story eventually succumbs to her mental health issues. Seniors and their caregivers might benefit from this story’s analysis of the human psyche and how emotional disorders are viewed in our culture.

Reading to seniors can boost their emotional wellbeing. If you need help promoting your loved one’s overall wellbeing, consider hiring a respite caregiver. Allen respite care professionals can assist seniors with a wide array of daily tasks, offering family caregivers the chance to focus on other personal responsibilities or take a break to prevent burnout. Whether it’s for a few hours a day or a few days a week, respite care is the perfect solution for family caregivers who are feeling overwhelmed. If your loved one needs assistance with daily tasks or extensive live-in home care, get in touch with Home Care Assistance at (972) 548-0392 today.

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