Reading is one of the activities that feeds our brains and keeps us alive. However, as people get older their eyesight deteriorates, making reading more difficult. You start straining your eyes too much, and because of that the focus is lost and you end up with a headache. Often the reason for this is that the letters are simply too small to see, and the text isn’t as understandable as it used to be.
Fortunately, there are solutions to this problem. Some publishers create special magazine editions which have much larger fonts and with topics more relatable to seniors making it easier for you or your loved one to enjoy.
I wish there was a larger number of these specialized magazines. But with the overwhelming presence of internet content on your tablet and personal computer, the need simply isn’t that large.
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Some of the Best Large Print Magazines for Seniors
This being said, large print magazines for seniors have some upsides. They are something all people can enjoy, even elderly which aren’t very into new technology. It’s good even for bedridden people. Seniors get a great mental stimulation, refresh vocabulary and maintain interest in the things they like as well as find new interests. Some of these magazines encourage people to take part, write letters and exchange experiences which is fantastic.
Take a look at some magazines elderly enjoy and see which one best suits your reading taste. Also, I’ve included a bonus section with different magnifying glasses to make reading easier.
Reader’s Digest – Large Print Edition
You are certainly familiar with this one, it’s one of the most popular and long lasting magazines in the United States, as well as worldwide. But did you know they make their magazine in large print too? The publishers want to make it available to everyone, so besides large print it is also available in Braille, audio and digital format. As you probably know, this is a monthly family oriented general interest magazine.
As for the large letter edition, it has the same content as the regular magazine so you won’t miss out on anything. You can get a subscription and have it delivered by mail every month. Most senior users are satisfied with this edition. It’s very easy to read even without using a magnifying glass. However, if you decide to buy this large print magazine subscription, it will take about 6 to 10 weeks to get it started. Anyway, this is a fantastic choice for people with deteriorating eyesight, especially if you like the content it offers.
Guideposts Magazine – Large Print Edition
This is another famous and inspirational magazine, which has a monthly edition. It publishes articles written by people with different age and backgrounds talking about their struggles and triumphs. It offers a very uplifting and enjoyable content, and it’s been here for a long time. I am certain that most of you are already familiar with their work. They also publish the magazine in large print, this way enabling elderly people and others with weakened eye-sight to find inspiration and read feel-good stories.
Perhaps the content isn’t as varied as in Reader’s Digest, but you can be sure your mood will improve. The magazine is delivered to your home but it takes some time before the first edition comes. Also, some people had a large print subscription which changed to regular print when renewed, so be careful about this. Bottom line, it’s a very good reading material which allows you to put your magnifier aside, and even to share your own inspirational story with them.
Large Print Puzzle Book Subscriptions
Here I have something that isn’t your typical magazine, but many seniors and elderly people will be interested. These crossword and circle word puzzle books have very large print and is very good entertainment for people with impaired vision. You get more than 40 large print crosswords for elderly on various topics – life, sports, music, culture and history. It’s a nice product that will keep your brain cells active and happy.
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Here I have a magazine for elderly which is designed to throw you back to the days when you were younger and things simpler. It’s one of the most popular nostalgia magazines, and many seniors enjoy it. It talks about the way things worked in 30s, 40s up until the 70s, and how these events shaped the world we are looking at today. The content is pretty diverse, so you can find great photographs and real-life stories from people talking about love, war, cars, music, restaurants, travel and many other things.
This magazine comes out 7 times a year, and the subscription is very affordable. If you like reading about the “good old days” this magazine is a pretty good choice. Readers are satisfied with the content, saying that it’s very relatable and feels good to be taken back. Possible downsides are the layout and the number of ads, but compared to the upsides this is not very significant. You’ll be sure to enjoy!
Good Old Days Magazine
The Good Old Days is another throw-back magazine, which covers the period from 1935 to 1960 with all the things that happened in between. The stories on different topics are told by people from all around the country. There are happy and sad stories, good and bad, but most importantly they are true. The tone is conversational, so you will have a feeling like you listening to your friend telling you how things once were.
Readers are very satisfied with the content, and most of them happily recommend the magazine to their friends and family. The stories are wholesome with nice photos of times past. Readers also add that the content is never preachy and boring, and that you get some real value from it. For an affordable price you get six issues every year delivered to your door. So, it’s a very good idea if you wan’t something that will always bring a smile to your face.
Birds & Blooms
This magazine is for nature-lovers, bird watching seniors, and people who enjoy spending their time in their back yard. It’s a bi-monthly magazine which talks about plants, birds, butterflies and other creatures you may stumble upon in your garden. The content is somewhat different than the magazines covered so far, but this topic is also very popular among seniors wanting to learn something new.
The pictures used in the magazine are fantastic, and a good part of them is user-submitted so they have an added value to it. You can also do it if you have something nice to share. Users say it’s full of great and timeless advice for your garden. If this topic interests you, subscribing to this magazine will be a great decision.
The AARP magazine is edited and published by AARP (American Association of Retired Persons), and they certainly know what people in their age group want to read about. The AARP is a big interest group which has a purpose of empowering people to stay active and connected no matter their age. The magazine itself has the same purpose – giving you information and advice about important issues you encounter at a certain age.
It’s a bi-monthly magazine which the organization sends out to all of its members. It’s said to be the largest circulation magazine in the US, with almost 30 million subscribers. The topics covered are news, health, money, love and how to make your life as fulfilling as possible. It sounds and looks very nice, and it’s certainly worth checking out.
You’ll have to join AARP to get the subscription to this magazine.
Bonus: Magnifying Devices Make Magazine Reading Easier
Magnifying glasses can help significantly when the lettering is too small. I’m presenting three slightly different products which are going to help you read clearly again. These magnifiers are easy to take with you and store, and all three come with LED light helping you read even in low light conditions. Take a look.
UltraOptix Hands Free LED Lighted 2.5X Magnifier
This is a nice product that can be used without hands. The 4″ diameter magnifying glass has a 2.5X magnification and an integrated 6X bifocal lens for really small print. The high powered optical quality lens is scratch resistant and breakproof for years of long lasting use.
It works hands-free by placing the adjustable lanyard around your neck and allowing the base to rest on your body where the two foam bumpers are. That way you can adjust the distance of your magazine by moving your arms rather than holding onto the glass itself.
It also comes with a super-bright long-lasting LED light that will help you read or knit in even the lowest lighting conditions. It is turned on and off with a simple switch on the handle.
Ultra Optix Folding LED Lighted 3X Magnifier
Ultraoptix designed this glass to be rectangular in shape to mimic the way we usually look at things more closely. The optical quality lens measures 3 inches wide and 2 inches high and has a 3X (300%) magnification. There is also LED light included but with a different design. It illuminates a larger extra wide area and is designed to last 100,000 hours of use.
The handle folds up to for easy portability and storage. Plus, the manufacturer added a carry pouch and a cleaning bag as a bonus.
This product is especially helpful to seniors who need additional light to read the small print. It’s very handy and eliminates the need to constantly move it around because the lens covers a significant area without distorting the picture. It’s really a nice product to help you enjoy your books and magazines to the fullest.
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UltraOptix 5 Inch Round LED 2X Magnifier
This jumbo reading glass is an oversized product many will like. The diameter is 5 inches, while the lens is completely clear and distortion free. The main lens has 2x magnification plus a 6x bifocal lens built in. This makes it versatile and good for reading even very small text. It weighs about 5 oz and because of this and the ergonomic handle, it’s very practical for elderly to use. Like others, it has LED lighting included.
The biggest upside is the extra large lens allows you to see many things without constant moving it. Also, the weight isn’t a problem even for those with weak hands or poor dexterity. Finally, it’s very tough and durable.
Do you know of other large print magazines for seniors that I missed? Please tell me about them in the comments below!