Keeping the brain healthy is a very important part of aging, and one great way to keep the brain active and engaged is by… reading!
Here are some benefits of reading:
- Improve memory
Reading exercises your memory, which helps with short-term recall. Regular reading can strengthen the brain’s neural network, helping your mind become more receptive to learning and memory retention.
- Sharpen analytical thinking and reasoning
Reading can help improve analytical thinking and reasoning, which is known as fluid intelligence. Fluid intelligence can decrease as we age, but people who routinely challenged their brains did better on fluid intelligence tests.
- Delay Alzheimer’s and Dementia
Dr. Zaven Khachaturian, senior science adviser to the Alzheimer’s Association, says that brain challenging activities help build a reserve of neuronal connections, which makes it take longer for Alzheimer’s to destroy enough neurons for symptoms to arise. Reading also helps preserve the brain structures that are important for cognition.
- Reduce Stress
When is comes to relaxing, reading a book is one of the best ways to unwind. Studies have found that it only took 6 minutes for the heart rate and muscle tension to relax once the participant started reading.
- Help you sleep
Reading before bed is a great way for the mind to wind down. Creating a bedtime routine that includes reading is even better. Once you grab your book, your brain will know that it’s almost time for bed!
Reading provides great health benefits for everyone! So take some time away from the TV and grab a good book.