Age-Defying Benefits of Reading for SeniorsOctober 08, 2018
Madeleine L’Engle said, "A book, too, can be a star, a living fire to lighten the darkness, leading out into the expanding universe." It’s true; reading gives us a window into someone else’s story and soul, expanding our worlds. By being able to travel through someone else’s story, we can gain new experiences and feel more understood.
Throughout our entire lives, many of us have experienced the joys of reading. But did you know that reading has specific benefits for seniors? Let’s take a look!
#1 Brain Workout!
In order to keep our muscles strong, we need to give them a workout. Your brain is a muscle, too! So how can you keep your brain toned? Reading is one great option. Reading requires concentration and the ability to retain new information. In fact, reading is more intellectually demanding than processing images or speech. So, pick up a good book and get the brain workout started!
#2 Delaying Onset of Dementia
In addition to boosting your ability to learn and absorb new information, reading helps to keep your brain toned and sharp. By keeping your cognitive skills and memory intact, studies show that reading can actually delay the onset of Alzheimer’s or dementia.
#3 Soothing and Relaxing
Reading helps us to feel more grounded and in the moment. By focusing on someone else’s story, we can be lifted away from our own worries. Getting lost in a wonderful book has shown to help the body relax, reducing heart rate and muscle tension.
#4 Enhancing Sleep
Nowadays, many people look at their phones or a screen before going to bed. This can actually disrupt your sleep-wake cycles; the light emitted from screens sends a signal to your brain that it’s actually time to be awake. Reading, on the other hand, is an age-old cure for restlessness. So, next time you want to watch a movie or look at your phone before bed, try picking up a book instead.
#5 Joy and Connection
Reading can provide a wonderful mood boost, bringing us into new and exciting worlds. We can also take the joy of reading to a more social level by joining a book club! Here at Blue Harbor, many of our active senior living communities have their own book clubs. These clubs are a fantastic way to enjoy a good book all while making new friends.
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Want more ideas for great activities for seniors? Be sure to follow our blog for inspiration, including great fall activities for seniors, favorite activities to engage seniors with dementia, and the benefits of lifelong learning. Should you have any questions for our True Blue family, we’re just we'd love to talk. Happy reading!
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