Philips Lifeline has republished an article in June of 2021. The article talks of the many benefits that reading has on the senior brain. It names 5 mental health benefits for older adults with good reading habits. The result is a preserving of mental faculties, allowing elderly citizens to live independently longer. Below are the 5 benefits of reading:
- ENHANCES MEMORY Reading exercises the brain, and strengthens the neural network, allowing the brain to be receptive to learning and memory retention.
- SHARPENS DECISION-MAKING SKILLS
Reading aids the brain in maintaining fluid intelligence. It is the fluid intelligence that helps in analytical and reasoning powers.
- DELAYS ONSET OF ALZHEIMER’S & DEMENTIA
Brain challenging activities such as reading, build up a reserve of neuron connections. Those connections are what dementia attacks. By having a reserve of neuron connections, it drastically slows down the dementia progression.
- REDUCES STRESS AND ANXIETY
The best way to unwind is to dive into a good read. It has shown to be better at easing tension than listening to music, having a cup of coffee, or going for a walk. The heart rate and muscle tension can show relaxation after only 6 minutes of reading. The lowering of anxiety leads to clearer thinking, and readers show a reduced tendency to make impulsive decisions.
Reading in bed has been long considered a great way to fall asleep. Developing a ritual of reading in bed signals the body that it is time to sleep.