During retirement, seniors may balk at the free time they now have at their disposal. As they become older, their ability to do things decreases. One activity that you should encourage your seniors to take part in is a senior book club. In this article, we'll discuss what a senior book club is and how you can get started creating one.
What is a Senior Book Club?
Book clubs consist of a group of individuals that all read the same book. There's usually a deadline on when the book needs to be finished or when a certain number of chapters need to be read. When that deadline has passed, everyone in the club gathers together and discusses the content.
It's a great social activity for those who prefer elevated conversation. Of course, the book doesn't have to be existential or philosophical. It could be a romance or a thriller.
The real point of a book club is to bring people together and get them talking about ideas or exciting parts they found interesting in the book.
A book club designed for seniors is a little bit different. There's a lot more flexibility involved. Some individuals may read at a slower pace than others. The deadlines may need to be more forgiving.
Some book clubs may opt to have the book read together, aloud, and then discussed.
The intention behind the book club may also be different. In a traditional book club, the intention is usually just to discuss ideas and philosophies. In a senior one, the intention may be to give them a reason to stimulate their minds and be more social.
The Benefits of a Book Club for the Elderly
There are a lot of benefits that your loved one can enjoy by joining a book club. The first is socialization. Several elderly individuals are lonely. Their friends may be dead. Their partner may be dead. Book clubs bring them together with other like-minded individuals. It can start off new friendships.
It gives them a chance to socialize. This is essential in slowing mental decline and improving their happiness.
The act of reading, breaking down its content, and voicing one's opinions are all beneficial as well. It stimulates their mind and prevents cognitive decline.
How to Get Started with a Book Club
One of the first steps that you need to take is to find out who's interested. You can ask around your friends to see if their own mothers and fathers are interested. You can even contact nursing homes and assisted living centers to find interested parties.
Then you should create a survey. This survey should ask about their favorite book genres. No one wants to be part of a book club that reads books they're not interested in. You're sure to have enough overlap to create a list of books that everyone finds interesting. You may need to alternate now and then to fit everyone's favorite genre.
Once you have the genre and books figured out, you just need to choose a place where everyone can easily gather. Either the park or a home is the best choice.
Start Your Book Club Today
Book clubs are great for seniors. It brings them together and keeps them mentally stimulated. Start your own book club for the elderly today and watch everyone thrive.