Read with a SeniorStudies 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.
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:
- Enhancing Memory
Reading engages the brain’s neural network and helps exercise memory. These activities are critical for short-term recall.
- Sharpening Decision-Making Skills
Reasoning and problem-solving skills decline as we age. Reading can improve these skills for seniors.
- 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.
- Reducing Stress
Much like meditation, getting lost in a good book can ease tension and reduce stress.
- 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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