Read with a Senior

Studies have shown there are many benefits of reading for older adults, from reducing stress and enhancing sleep to possibly delaying the onset of dementia and Alzheimer’s disease. 
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Reading has many benefits. For seniors, it’s been proven to enhance memory and slow down cognitive declines.

Here are five proven benefits of reading for seniors:

  1. Enhancing Memory
    Reading engages the brain’s neural network and helps exercise memory. These activities are critical for short-term recall.
  2. Sharpening Decision-Making Skills
    Reasoning and problem-solving skills decline as we age. Reading can improve these skills for seniors.
  3. Delaying Onset of Alzheimer’s and Dementia
    Brain-challenging activities can delay onset of dementia and Alzheimer’s disease. Stories are one of the oldest brain-challenging activities in the history of mankind.
  4. Reducing Stress
    Much like meditation, getting lost in a good book can ease tension and reduce stress.
  5. Sleeping Better
    If your senior falls asleep during the book, don’t take it personally. Reading, as opposed to watching TV or looking at a screen, is considered a surefire way to induce heavy eyelids.

This week, we are challenging you to read with a senior. Choose a chapter from a book that you both love or an interesting article, and enjoy reading together!

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Bunmi Victoria
1 Kind Act Completed

God be with our seniors and renew their strength.

Cora Houghton
1 Kind Act Completed

Yes! I think this is a good idea! And I’m interested to share my time with this special people specially what was going around us, the chaos that everyone are on edge!

Cora Houghton
1 Kind Act Completed

I’m interested to share my time with this special people specially what was going around us, the chaos that everyone are on edge!

Barbara
0 Kind Acts Completed

We would love to read to seniors. And help out any way we can as being adopted by elderly parents I have a special fondness for the elderly

Margie
1 Kind Act Completed

THE WORD OF GOD IS THE BEST ENCOURAGEMENT.. PSALMS 91 AS WE DWELL IN HIS SECRET PLACE WE WILL BE SAFE AND PROTECTED

Toni
2 Kind Acts Completed

Keep o touch with your elderly neighbors during this pandemic

Margie
1 Kind Act Completed

PSALMS 91 WE ARE SAFE AND PROTECTED

Avonelle Pinard
0 Kind Acts Completed

I would like to continue doing this mission but where do I start?

Zia
0 Kind Acts Completed

Good experience

Gwen
8 Kind Acts Completed

I haven’t read with a senior yet, but to help with loneliness, you can schedule Zoom meetings with seniors from your church for example and have a bible study, play a Kahoot game, charades, etc. Check with YouTube for virtual game ideas.

Atinuke
0 Kind Acts Completed

This mission is very good for seniors, I tried it

Antionette
5 Kind Acts Completed

i learn to read with a senior, let them pick out the materials and let them explain to you what it is all about, they will get the best out of it.

Florence
0 Kind Acts Completed

I would love to read to seniors but no one has called me to get started

TINA
2 Kind Acts Completed

I will read to my mother.

Alison
0 Kind Acts Completed

Not able to do this mission

Thomas
2 Kind Acts Completed

I read every morning
Favorite author Ken Follet favorite book Pillars of the earth and world without End

Georgine
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Would love to read to a senior. If someone to help with the web on.

Tanya
2 Kind Acts Completed

I ordered my favorite book for my senior friend, once it was delivered we read together 💗

Monica
1 Kind Act Completed

Yes! I am interested to share my time with wonderful Seniors,and help out any way I can.
Thank you 🙏

Penny
9 Kind Acts Completed

I have an elderly lady that i take care of during the week. We read the paper together. She really loves that. And we do that almost everyday.

Penny
9 Kind Acts Completed

I take care of an elderly lady during the week. And we read the paper together almost everyday. She really loves that.

Charlene
3 Kind Acts Completed

I am a waitress and an elderly customer who comes to have coffee once in awhile I read to her while she drank her coffee I enjoyed it and she left with a big smile and said to me hope we can do this again and I said sure thing

Wanda
8 Kind Acts Completed

Hi one of the greatest joy with my mom she was my rock.We did funny things like instead of walking with her walker she liked riding it.This was in the nursing home. I love her very much and miss her she went home to Heaven 7 17 2017
God bless you

Wanda
8 Kind Acts Completed

Don’t have any readers. Would to be a pen pal.

Anna
0 Kind Acts Completed

My duty to my 93 year old mother and making certain with my abilities, determination,
education and help from others. I could make her end of life a honourable memory of pure caring intensions by a devoted daughter .
Me Anna

“THE END” My journals name.

Anna
0 Kind Acts Completed

Making calls to bureaucratic organizations regarding how they process people through the system.
Observation:
Information during covid is limiting and can be frustrating. It teaches patience on the positive side.

Wanda
8 Kind Acts Completed

This week sending out encouragement cards to one couple that has cancer.One 3rd stage lungs.The other covid-19 .These families are not getting out much only doctors. Our older generation has so much to give to the younger.

Michele
9 Kind Acts Completed

My senior neighbor and I will meet up at the pool for a few minutes of morning conversation and then we will read our books in solitude and sunshine 🌞

Elisa
9 Kind Acts Completed

Once a week, on my day off work, I read to a senior that lives down the road from me. She loves reading and due to the size of the print, she can no longer read a book. I get just as much or more penjoyment from reading to her as she gets from the experience.