Everybody knows that regular exercise helps to keep your body fit. However, what about your brain? As you age, it is imperative that you continue to keep both your mind and body active. Whether it’s playing a board game, embracing new hobbies, or having animated conversations with your friends, you should never stop socializing or engaging in activities that can keep your brain juices flowing.
Reading is one of the activities that has numerous benefits for your physical and mental health. Studies have shown that seniors who frequently pick up a book have experienced the many perks of reading. As books and reading materials are readily accessible, you should incorporate the habit of reading into your lifestyle.
Psychological Benefits of Reading
Reading constantly means you are continuously learning new things. Exposure to different types of knowledge ensures that the brain is actively processing information and researchers believe that this can help delay Alzheimer’s disease. As you read a novel, you will try to remember details of the plot and its characters. This constant act of recalling facts and ideas can help you to improve your memory. Furthermore, the slow, deliberate process of reading also helps you to hone your concentration skills. As we are surrounded by attention-grabbing mobile devices, being able to focus on a book for an extended period of time can improve your ability to focus on other tasks that require sustained attention.
Emotional Benefits of Reading
Another perk of reading for seniors is that it can reduce your stress levels. Research suggests that reading can decrease stress levels by up to 68 percent, making it a wonderful way to relax. If you find yourself worried or anxious, a book can help calm you down too! Reading helps you to face uncertainty with more openness, therefore you’ll experience less anxiety in the long run. Studies have also indicated that consistent readers are more unlikely to make rash decisions and are often happier people. A key finding from a study was that adults who read just 30 minutes a week felt 20% more satisfied with their lives than those who didn’t. Books do not just alleviate your worries; they can contribute to a brighter and clearer state of mind too!
Social Benefits of Reading
Reading can provide you with common topics to discuss with others. Sharing about your favorite character or a surprising plot twist makes for an interesting conversation starter. Joining book clubs or even starting your own are just some of the socialization opportunities that reading can bring into your life. Research has also found that reading books, especially fiction, can increase your emotional capacity and improve your ability to empathize with others.
Physical Benefits of Reading
As you age, seniors may find it more difficult to get a good night’s sleep. As a relaxing activity that eases tension, reading before bedtime can create a routine that makes falling asleep easier. By making it a habit, your brain will be prompted to send signals to the body that it’s time for bed.
At Aston Gardens At Pelican Marsh, our residents have access to our well-stocked library. If you are looking to join a retirement community, we would like to invite you to tour our stylish resort-style apartments. With robust senior living programs and dedicated team members, you are sure to find yourself enjoying the many amenities with your newfound friends.