According to Vital Record, a news publication of Texas A&M Health, some common health issues faced by older adults include mental and cognitive issues such as dementia and depression that may have been brought about by social isolation. To the best of our abilities, we should help our loved ones keep these issues at bay.
One of the ways we can help is by encouraging our loved ones to adopt the habit of reading as a hobby or nighttime activity. There are many benefits of reading. In the case of older adults, reading has been shown to noticeably improve one’s cognitive abilities and memory. It is also an ideal activity to pass time. Experts recommend setting aside 20 to 60 minutes daily for reading. Learn about the five benefits of reading for older adults now.
Delay Onset of Dementia
According to a study by Dr. Zavan Kachaturian, engaging in mentally challenging activities can help build neuronal connections that prevent symptoms of dementia from emerging. By exercising and stimulating our brains through activities like reading, we can actively play a part in delaying the onset of dementia.
Studies conducted on stress and reading show that participants took no longer than five minutes to release tension from their bodies once they started reading a book. Based on these experiments, we can conclude that reading can help to relieve stress.
Improve Decision Making
Reading stimulates our minds and improves brain functions. As such, it can help to strengthen our analytical reasoning as well as decision-making skills.
Prevent memory loss
Reading exercises our brains and improves our memory and retention capabilities. While reading, our brain’s neural network is strengthened and as a result, we become more receptive to learning new materials and have better memory retention.
Improve Sleep Patterns
According to a study conducted by researchers at the University of Sussex in 2009, reading before bedtime can help people cope with sleepless nights and insomnia. The study claims that just six minutes of reading time can reduce stress by 68%! Hence, reading can help us wind down mentally, release tension from our bodies, and prepare us for sleep. Encourage your loved ones to start reading before bedtime today – they may find themselves sleeping better in no time!
However, do note that reading should not be done on any electronic devices as the blue light that’s emitted from these devices may wreak havoc on our circadian rhythms and make it difficult for us to fall asleep.
Check Out Our Library Collection at TerraBella Newton
At TerraBella Newton, we understand that you desire the best for your loved ones. If you are looking for a senior living community for your loved ones, we would like to invite you to tour our beautiful campus. If your loved one is an avid reader, we would love for him or her to check out our extensive library collection too. At TerraBella Newton, we have a wide range of activities that your loved one can participate in. Schedule a tour today and learn more about our exclusive senior living programs!