The Benefits of Reading for Seniors


Reading a book is one of life’s simple pleasures. It’s easy to forget the joy of a good book in a world of screens. It’s also easy to overlook the many benefits that come from the act of reading. And it just so happens to be National Library Card Sign-Up Month.


Brain Exercise

Reading is a workout for your brain. As said by Joseph Addison “reading is to the mind what exercise is to the body.” While you go through the details of a story, your brain’s neural networks are strengthened. Like how muscles are strengthened by an intense workout. Research shows that reading improves memory, cognition, and attention span. Especially in seniors. By strengthening memory retention, reading can slow the process of dementia and Alzheimer’s by keeping the mind limber.


Boost Analytical Thinking

As we age analytical or critical thinking starts to decline. Luckily, reading is here to help. Whether your story takes place in a faraway country or distant time, an exciting narrative pulls you in. Reading requires focus, imagination, and memory of the details. All of this stimulates brainwave activity, in turn allowing you to ask questions, view different perspectives, identify patterns, and make connections.


Better Life

More than a great distraction, reading dissolves stress and tension by as much as 68%. It works faster than other methods such as listening to music, going for a walk, or having a cup of tea. Losing yourself in a book is the ultimate relaxation before bedtime. Reading can induce sleep better than falling asleep in front of electronic devices. And remember reading doesn’t have to be a solitary endeavor, you can share your excitement of a new book with neighbors and friends.


So, if you’re stressed, reading can calm you down. If you’re worried about your memory, reading can help. If you’re concerned about Alzheimer’s disease, reading can reduce the risk and effects. And even if you’re not sleeping well, reading can help you sleep better. It’s time to live a better life, go get that library card!


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