Reading is a habit everyone should have. Knowledge enhancement, pastime, vocabulary, personality development etc are some of the many reasons to make reading an essential part of your life.
This is how reading benefits seniors:
- Keeps Them Mentally Active: Reading keeps the brain active, consistently engaged and stimulates thinking. The brain like any other organ needs a workout to stay fit & healthy. Reading does just that.
- Knowledge Has No Age Bar: It is always good to stay updated with the latest and enrich your mind knowledge. It opens your mind to different perspectives and helps view life through a different lens. Your memory might act difficult and you may not remember everything you read but you do have some information deposits that will help in your life.
- Enhances Memory: Memory loss is a common problem among seniors and reading may just be the solution! A story or a narrative which needs your brain to logically link one event to another will enhance short-term memory & reducing memory loss.
- Reduces Loneliness: Loneliness is a big worrying factor in old age. And books serve as all time available company. Apart from being stress relievers they also make seniors independent; they don’t need to depend on people for company and can keep themselves occupied with a good book.
Reading will help seniors accept old age gracefully & positively. Concerned caregivers or family must ensure the availability of a reading room where the elders can spend some time browsing books and reading