You spend a lot of time with your mom and are always looking for ways to remain engaged. She loves to read, so why not read with her? You'll have plenty to talk about as you read the book and create fun book-related activities that you can do together. Her in-home care provider can even do this, too!
She prefers books with characters her age. What are some of the best book series with older characters that you can read and discuss with her?
Nora Charles' Senior Sleuth Series
Kate Kennedy is the protagonist in Nora Charles' cozy mystery series. Kate is enjoying her retirement in Florida along with her beloved dog. When the president of her condo board is found dead, she decides to spend her days trying to solve the crime. That kicks off her role as an amateur detective in her sunny Florida town.
Agatha Christie's Miss Marple Mysteries
Agatha Christie penned several Miss Marple books. Miss Marple is an amateur detective of an unknown age. In some books, she's in her 70s, but in others, she's older in others. She's smart, doesn't miss anything, and is even at times a bit of a gossip. It's her powers of detection and paying attention to subtle details that make her a great detective.
Be your own detectives after reading a Miss Marple book. You can buy mystery game boxes where you have all of the newspaper clippings, crime scene photos, forensic evidence, witness statements, etc. needed to solve a crime. It's up to you to make sense of it all.
Dorothy Gilman's Mrs. Pollifax Series
Mrs. Emily Pollifax is a New Jersey widow with an empty nest and too much time on her hands. She's tired of doing things that older widows are expected to take up as hobbies. Instead, she persuades the CIA to let her help out on cases.
Rita Lakin's Getting Old Series
Rita Lakin's career began as a writer for popular TV shows like "Peyton Place," "The Doctors," and "Dynasty." In 2005, she started her nine-book "Getting Old" series, which is described as "Golden Girls play Nancy Drew." Gladdy Gold and her friends may be older, but their mystery-solving days are not behind them.
Joanna Nell's Books
Australia's Joanna Nell has several engaging books about older pensioners who may be older, but their zest for life hasn't come to an end. While they're not exactly a series, they all do feature older women who are in retirement communities and looking for something more in very humorous, lively ways.
When you're not free to spend time with your mom, is she all alone? Should she be? If you need to focus on your job, your children, your friendships, or your personal life for a while, set up in-home care visits to ensure she has the support she needs to remain independent.
In-home care aides provide just enough help to make sure your mom's home is clean and organized, she has the items she needs for meals, snacks, and personal care, and isn't feeling lonely or isolated. Talk to a home care advisor to learn more about the availability of services and their costs.