The benefits of coloring books for seniors certainly include the mindfulness and relaxation that everyone receives, but it also provides advantages in dexterity, boredom relief, and mind stimulation. In fact, coloring has been found to be helpful to those suffering from the early to mid-stages of Alzheimer’s disease and dementia.

AARP believes in the benefits of coloring for senior citizens so much that they’ve partnered with HCIF to produce a unique line of adult coloring books called InkSpirations which are designed specifically to provide emotional, physical, spiritual, and mental benefits. They’ve provided two pages available for free. Download the “Just Be” coloring page here and the Mandala coloring page here.

Coloring Books for Seniors: Including Books for Dementia and Alzheimers - AARP Inkspiration Free Mandala Coloring Page
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Coloring Books For Seniors Including Those with Dementia and Alzheimers – How to Choose the Right Book

When shopping for a coloring book for a senior, consider his or her limitations and needs. Simple designs are best for those with sight or dexterity problems. Dementia and Alzheimer suffers may prefer a coloring book of everyday activities or ones that depict historical events which can lead to storytelling or remembrances of things they’ve done or knew about. Coloring books that lay flat or that a page can be removed from are best for seniors who’ll need assistance and professionally printed pages rather than those printed at home will be more rewarding and less frustrating. Printing pages at home with an inkjet printer can produce pages that smear and bleed when colored.

Purchase colored pencils, gel pens, or markers that are appropriate for the senior’s dexterity and abilities. A set of fine point pens can be frustrating as would a set of fat markers that won’t fit into the coloring lines. Soft watercolor pencils with a sharpener may be the easiest option. Provide pencil grips if necessary – they’re inexpensive and can be moved from pencil to pencil. Shop carefully and avoid the cheap Chinese pencils and pens sold at dollar stores and on Amazon.com. They’re frustratingly poorly made, and most of the good reviews for these inferior products are fake or are from people who received the items for free or a reduced price.

Coloring Books for Seniors, the Elderly, Sight-Impaired, and more

 TRAVEL COLORING BOOKS

Travel Between the Lines Adult Coloring Book –  Inspirational Coloring for Adult and Senior Globetrotters and Daydreamers

Creative Haven CityScapes: A Coloring Book with a Hidden Picture Twist (Adult Coloring)

Travel Inspired Coloring

The Natural Atlas – A Worldwide Adult Coloring Book with over 30 doodled maps to color

Cities of the World Coloring Book for Adults –  For Travel and Relaxation  – A Vacation Destination Book with International Scenery and Landmarks from Europe and Asia (Volume 1)

Adult Coloring Book: Exploring Scandinavia

The Chicago Coloring Book – Iconic Landmarks and Hidden Gems 

Lonely Planet Ultimate Travel Coloring Book

Africa Coloring Book: African Designs Coloring Book of People, Landscapes, and Animals of Africa (Adult Coloring Books)

Ancient Egypt: An Adult Coloring Book with Famous Landmarks, Legendary Women, Detailed Egyptian Scenes, and Hieroglyphic Pattern Designs

Italy Coloring The World: Sketch Coloring Book (travel coloring for adults – Volume 1)

Coloring Europe: Bella Italia: A Coloring Book Tour of the World Capital of Romance

Cathedrals of the World Coloring Book (Dover Coloring Books)

Carmel-by-the-Sea: California’s Storybook Town Coloring Book for All Ages

COLORING BOOK FOR DEMENTIA AND EARLY TO MID ONSET ALZHEIMERS SENIOR CITIZENS AND ADULTS (PLUS STROKES AND BRAIN INJURIES)

Color Your Mind – A Coloring Book For Those With Alzheimer’s

Houses Coloring Book for Grown-Ups 

The Colorful Past: A 1950’s Coloring Book: Everyday objects and people to color in and talk about from the 1950’s!

Remembering The 4-Seasons: 30 Dementia, Alzheimer’s, Seniors Interactive 4-Seasons Coloring Book – (Volume 1)

Remembering The Holidays: Dementia, Alzheimer’s, Seniors Interactive Holiday Coloring Book (Volume 1)

Coloring Book For Adults with Dementia – Volume #1 by Kensington Press

Connecting Memories – Book 1: A Coloring Book For Adults With Dementia – Alzheimer’s (Volume 1)

Connecting Memories – Book 2: 27 Simple Familiar Color Cued Drawings With Sentence Cuing Common Phrases – For Art Therapy (Volume 2)

Connecting Memories Book 3: Coloring & Activities Book for People with Dementia, Alzheimer’s, Brain Injuries, Stroke and Other Cognitive Disabilities – Volumes 1 & 2 Combined into One Big Book. (Volume 3)

Connecting Edible Memories: Interactive Coloring and Activity Book For People With Dementia, Alzheimer’s, Stroke, Brain Injury and Other Cognitive – Sentence Cuing Common Phrases. (Volume 1)

Strokes of Color – An Adult Coloring Book for Stroke Survivors

Fight Memory Loss with Art  – How learning an Art or Craft can delay dementia and Alzheimer’s. Why you need to take up drawing, painting, sculpture, music or another language to keep your brain healthy

Colors – Alzheimer’s / Dementia / Memory Loss Activity Book for Patients and Caregivers

Therapeutic Art Activities For Alzheimer’s/Dementia Patients: For Alzheimer’s/Dementia Patients

LARGE PRINT COLORING PRINTS FOR THE SIGHT IMPAIRED

Coloring Books for Seniors: Including Books for Dementia and Alzheimers - Large Print Cats: A Simple Adult Coloring Book with Over 35 Large and Easy Prints
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Large Print Cats – A Simple Adult Coloring Book with Over 35 Large and Easy Prints

Amish Quilts Coloring Book — Large Print (Amish Quilts and Proverbs) (Volume 1)

Easy Mandalas: Adults Coloring Book for Beginners, Seniors and people with low vision

NIV, Beautiful Word Bible, Large Print, Hardcover: 500 Full-Color Illustrated Verses

Let Your Dreams Take Flight: Large Print Adult Coloring Book

Large Print Adult Coloring Book: Big, Beautiful & Simple Designs

Easy Flowers Designs in Large Print: Coloring Book For Adults (Stress Relieving Adult Coloring Pages)

Ocean Life – a Large Print Coloring Book For Adults  – Stress Relieving

Large Print Adult Coloring Book: Flowers & Easy Designs (Beautiful Adult Coloring Books) (Volume 71)

Large Print Mandalas Adult Coloring Book – Big, Beautiful, and Simple Mandalas

Large Print Adult Flowers Coloring Book: Big, Beautiful & Simple Flowers

Large Print Images For the Elderly or Sight Impaired to Color –  Beautiful, Easy & Simple Designs – Volume 75

RELIGIOUS & INSPIRATIONAL COLORING BOOKS

NIV, Beautiful Word Bible, Hardcover: 500 Full-Color Illustrated Verses

Color Your Blessings: An Adult Coloring Book for Your Soul (Color the Bible)

Color the Promises of God – An Adult Coloring Book for Your Soul -Color the Bible

Color the Psalms: An Adult Coloring Book for Your Soul (Color the Bible)

“The Word in Color”: Hardcover Biblical Inspiration Adult Coloring Book

Inspiring Words Coloring Book – 30 Verses from the Bible to Color

NIV, Beautiful Word Coloring Bible, Hardcover: Hundreds of Verses to Color

NIV, Beautiful Word Bible, Large Print, Hardcover – 500 Full-Color Illustrated Verses

Color The Psalms: Catholic Coloring Devotional (Religious & Inspirational Bible Verse Coloring Books For Grown-Ups)

Color The Gospel – a Catholic Coloring Devotional for Grown-ups (Religious & Inspirational Bible Verses)

Color Me Hopeful-A Coloring Book For Adults, Full Of Hope And Motivation: An Easy Coloring Book For Adults Of All Ages

Choose Quality Pens and Pencils for Coloring

Fiskars Gel Pen Set, 48-piece – Multiple Colors

Prismacolor Premier Colored Pencils, Soft Core, 72-Count

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Prismacolor Premier Colored Pencils, Soft Core, 132 Pack (4484) with 2 Blender Pencils (962) & Pencil Sharpener (1786520)

Prismacolor Watercolor Pencils 36/Pkg

Pencil Pen Ergonomics Handwriting Aid Grip for Adult and Kids – Anti-Skid

Abilitations Egg Ohs! Handwriting Grips – Set of 3