Reading has long been a popular pastime for millions of people around the world, young and old. However, with the advancement of technology, people have gradually shifted their attention to the screen. Despite this, there are many benefits of reading for seniors, not least giving the brain a good workout. Read on to find out some top reasons to keep reading into your 50s!
Keep Cognitive Decline at Bay
Much like physical exercise is a workout for the body, so is reading a workout for the mind. When reading, you are constantly asking questions in keeping up with the plot and questioning what you have just read. Whether you prefer to read prose or poetry, fiction or non-fiction, you can reap the same benefits. Boost your analytical thinking skills and keep cognitive decline at bay with a good book!
Reduce Stress Levels and Improve Sleep
Reading is a relaxing activity that can be used to help you release stress at the end of the day. You may even wish to turn it into a bedtime ritual, making sure to read for a set time every day before bed. Studies have shown that looking at a screen prior to bedtime can disrupt the sleep process. Swap out the screen for a good book and a cup of tea, and you will soon find your stress levels dissipating!
When reading, there’s much to remember in order to progress through the book. You will have to remember what you have read in earlier chapters and use your imagination to fill in the gaps sometimes. This results in brainwave activity that helps you to focus and builds on your memory skills, allowing you to retain a good memory for longer!
Stay Social with Storytelling Activities and Book Clubs
Today, reading is most often thought of as a solitary activity; however, it hasn’t always been like that. Oral traditions have passed down many of the myths and legends we are still familiar with today. When you read, you are opening yourself up to book clubs and storytelling activities, where you can meet like-minded individuals and get socially involved.
Social isolation has negative consequences on your holistic health and overall wellbeing. In a book club, you can share your opinions and debate issues of interest with other members. Serving as a socialization opportunity and a brain workout all in one, there’s no better reason to start reading today!
Come to SummerHouse Bay Cove for Stimulating and Engaging Senior Activities
Regardless of whether you are just picking up reading as a hobby or have been doing so all along, SummerHouse Bay Cove can provide our residents with a range of stimulating senior activities, including book clubs. When you make the move with us, you can expect every day to be filled with thought-provoking activities, fun socialization events as well as opportunities for keeping fit and active. Check out our photo gallery today and discover why you should choose us as your new home!