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Magazines for Senior Citizens

Updated on October 9, 2014

Give the gift that keeps on giving when you get a magazine subscription for a senior citizen

I wandered upon some great magazines for senior citizens when updating another of my articles (Gifts for Senior Citizens) and was immediately struck by what a great idea a magazine subscription would be for a favorite elderly loved one.

I cared for my 95 year old Mom for the 5 years prior to her death, and I just know a few of these magazines would have been a wonderful way to spend some quality time with her. I just wish I'd known about them back then.

I'm writing this article in the hopes of opening up your and your favorite elderly person's world to interesting magazines which would be a great Mother's Day, Father's Day or Christmas gift. The magazines I've selected for this article are just the tip of the iceberg though - you can tailor you choices of magazines for senior citizens to fit the lifestyle or hobby of your favorite elderly loved one.

By the way, that picture above is of the Reminisce magazine on It's one of the best magazines for senior citizens.

Edited: 25OCT13

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Magazines for senior citizens who experience the war(s)

My Dad was in the Army in WWII. He would never speak of the atrocities he witnessed except to say that his was one of the first Army units who went into Auswhich to free the Jews after the way was over. This was, understandably, a difficult task for anyone but it was particularly difficult for my Dad who was Jewish. He wouldn't even see Shindler's List as, what was a movie to me was a memory to him. He said he could still remember the smell....

Regardless, my Dad was a history buff and would have liked these types of magazines. Perhaps your favorite Grandpa or elderly loved one might enjoy a magazine that reminisces about the war too.

Well, when I was young....

Good Old Days - The Perfect Magazine For The Elderly

Ok, show of hands please - how many of us have parents or grandparents who walked uphill on the way to and home from school? How'd that happen?

I'm only kidding; I used to love to hear the stories my folks told about the 'good old days' - and, they were 'good old days.' These are great magazine for senior citizens who like to look back on a simpler life. You might find that you hear some new stories as they flip through these pages.

So, click this link to see more information about Good Old Days Magazine.

Magazines for senior citizens who love birds

I was a subscriber to "Birds & Blooms" for many years, until I got overrun with magazines! Mom did use to enjoy looking through this beautiful magazine though and never failed to point out the 'red birds' - those were our cardinals.

These magazines are all quality buys and would be great birthday, Mother's Day, Father's Day or Christmas gifts.

National Geographic Magazine

The old standard, National Geographic, is still one of most educational, interesting magazines around.

Who among us doesn't remember having a National Geographic magazine floating around the bathroom. In our house, this magazine was eagerly awaited every month. It's still a good read.

Reader's Digest - large print edition

Reader's Digest Large Print
Reader's Digest Large Print

Aging eyes means that it might be harder to see small magazine print - I know as I have aging eyes. Ok, so I'm not quite ready for large print yet (or, at least, I refuse to admit it) but this magazine will delight any senior citizen.


Tabloid magazines

Why would I include tabloid magazines in this article Magazines for Senior Citizens, you might ask? Well, I will admit to reading "People" and, I will admit that, upon occasion, I'd pick up one of these other magazines at the grocery store and bring it home to Mom so we could laugh. We just plain old found them funny!

HGTV is another interesting magazine for a senior citizen

HGTV Magazine
HGTV Magazine

If you're like me, you'll spend a lot of time sitting around with your favorite senior citizen and watching TV. This magazine brings ideas from the HGTV channel (Home and Garden TV) right into your living room anytime you want.


Get your favorite senior citizen to help you plan your garden with these great garden magazines

I don't care what time of they year it was but there was always a gardening magazine lying around the house somewhere. Mom and I could barely wait for the February addition of "Fine Gardening" to start planning our vegetable and flower garden. I'm sure the deer and rabbits must have been awaiting that issue too as they sure liked the garden we ended up planting. Luckily, there was enough for everyone.

I used to love to read to Mom the comments my readers would leave behind after seeing one of my articles. I still like to see if you liked it or not so please let me know.

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      David Stone 3 years ago from New York City

      A lens filled with terrific ideas and one I hadn't thought of. I think these would also be great gift subscriptions for nursing homes and senior centers, a nice treat for people on limited incomes with limited mobility to go with it. Nicely done.

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      Merry Citarella 3 years ago from Oregon's Southern Coast

      Great choices! And a great lens. It's so sweet to read your lens about caring for your mother. You learn so much of their needs and pleasures. A couple of other choices I found are any of their animal interests, such as dogs, cats, and horses! But I think Reminisce is a favorite! Thanks for sharing.

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      TapIn2U 4 years ago

      My mom will surely love these selections. Sundae ;-)

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      geosum 4 years ago

      Great Lens. At 76 it brings back memories.

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      Rick McBride 4 years ago from Dallas

      Great ideas. Reading a nice magazine is still a treat even with all the other media available. I'll check these out for my mom.

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      treasuresabound 4 years ago

      Giving magazines to senior citizens is such a great idea. Find something they enjoy and find a magazine(s) that they can enjoy to fill their time. Well done.

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      Peggy Hazelwood 4 years ago from Desert Southwest, U.S.A.

      Thanks for this great selection of magazines for seniors. My parents loved Grit, Capper's Weekly, Reader's Digest, and the newspaper, and my dad loved Appaloosa News.

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      Virginia Allain 4 years ago from Central Florida

      These are perfect. I know my 88 year old mom and dad really looked forward to their issues of Birds and Blooms, Reader's Digest, Natl. Geographic, Reminisce, and The Good Old Days. They also enjoyed some state magazines like Kansas and Kansas Wildlife.

      Capper's Weekly has a lot of old-fashioned content and they looked forward to it.