Updated Sep 3, 2021 – Reading is such a wonderful activity that many senior citizens enjoy – I know that my amazing 99 year old mom-in-law reads a book or her favorite magazine every single day.
But for many seniors – reading a regular magazine in traditional print is often very difficult. Whether it’s due to health issues or simply aging, it can be frustrating to not be able to enjoy a favorite hobby.
Unfortunately, there are not many magazines offer a large-print edition. Which seems a shame since many seniors would be interested in publications such as Health Magazine, Blooms magazine, The Week, Prevention magazine, Southern Living and many more.
So the best solution for them is to either find a large print version of their magazine at their local library (or purchase a yearly subscription) OR to use a tool like the Fire Kindle or a large magnifying reader.
For older adults, the perfect magazine is one that peaks their interest, or perhaps sparks new interests. But it should also be one that is easy reading. Also remember that a magazine subscription can make for a wonderful gift!
Check out the best magazines in large print that we list below.
Reader’s Digest Large Print
A very popular magazine (at least here in the United States) and an excellent choice for all ages is Reader’s Digest. Many older adults grew up with it and many still read all the wonderful short stories and information in this great magazine.
Now available in large print for anyone with low vision problems.
Guideposts is another popular publication. It’s a monthly magazine offered in a large print edition. It’s filled with inspirational stories and interviews of a variety of people around the world. It’s a wonderful magazine not only for older people, but most everyone.
If you are interested in reading material that will leave you feeling hopeful and loving towards the human race – Guideposts may be just what you’re looking for.
A popular nostalgic type of magazine for the baby boomers in our aging population. It’s filled with stories and information about events and life in the 1930’s and 1940’s.
The subscription includes 7 issues throughout the year.
Portals of Prayer
This wonderful magazine provides devotionals and inspiration. Many older adults have enjoyed this beautiful publication for many years.
Another inspirational magazine that is now in large print.
Large Print Activity Books
In addition to magazines and books, there are also a nice variety of activity books such as large print puzzle books and much more.
With everything from Sudoku to word search to coloring books – you should be able to find something that you or a senior loved one will enjoy doing.
Kappa Word Search – 9 Volumes
A collection of 9 large print books of word puzzle games. Easy to read and fun to do if you’re into word searching games.
Over 1000 Sudoku puzzles in this large print book making it easy to read and fun to work on.
If you love crossword puzzle books, than this large print crossword dictionary will make it much easier for you to partake in one of your favorite activities.
A beautiful large print coloring book for those seniors who enjoy spending hours coloring but find it difficult to see the images. My mother would spend hours and hours coloring and we enjoyed getting her as many books as we could find.
Puzzles, trivia and fun facts – all meant to help to keep your mind sharp. Written in large print for anyone with low vision problems.
110 Brain Workouts
A large print book filled with a variety of games including word search, sudoku, crossword, mazes and more.
75 difference brain teasers including puzzles, riddles and games to help you keep your mind sharp. All written in beautiful large print.
How To Read All Magazines
The number of printed magazines that are available in large print is very small (as you can see from our list above). But that does not mean that you are limited to only these publications.
There are ways that you can read all your favorite magazines – it just takes a tool to do it.
Kindle Fire Tablet
Amazon’s Kindle Fire tablet is a tool that you can use to easily read any magazine that you enjoy. I recommend this model with a 10 inch screen because not only is the screen larger but it has a very high definition display.
Using the Kindle Fire you can subscribe to any online version of a magazine offered on Amazon (and there are many!) and then view them digitally. Using the touch screen, you can easily flip from page to page, article to article and of course, you can adjust the font size as well.
It’s a perfect way to keep up with the latest trends in your favorite topic.
Large Reading Magnifier
Since not EVERY book or magazine is produced in large print – you can use this large magnifier with lights to help you read anything that is not available in a large print.
National Library Service For The Blind and Print Disabled
You can also further check into the magazines that are available from the NLS (National Library Service). They have a special section for blind and visually impaired individuals.
Large Print Books
Of course, in addition to magazines and activity books, there are also many large print books available as well.
Check them out at your local library, or if you can visit a bookstore but you can also find a wide selection of large print books by clicking here or of course on Google Books.
For a list of all the large print books, magazines and activity books available at Amazon – click here.