Retirement is a great time to relax.
After years of working, our elderly deserve nothing more than time for themselves. There are many things they could choose to do, but one of the highly suggested activities is reading.
The activity keeps the seniors occupied for most of the day and it has been proven time and time again that reading is beneficial and helpful to the elderly.
And while reading is recommended for all ages, here’s why being a bookworm in your golden years will continue to keep you in a great state:
Knowledge and vocabulary expansion
It’s never too late to learn something new! Keeping your brain active by building on information is an advantage given by reading a book everyday. Even better if the words and information you store will be useful, like telling stories to grandkids or beating everyone in Scrabble.
You have to admit that seniors have built some stress over the years, whether it’s personal or work-related. Stress cannot be fully avoided, but a good way to keep it low is by taking up a book and imagine yourself in a different world. Why be hot-headed and nervous when you can relax in 19th century England, or an unexplored planet somewhere in the universe?
The movies don’t lie. Reading a chapter or two in bed is a good way to help you fall asleep. As you get older, it gets harder to fall asleep; as such reading a book is highly recommended as compared to say watching a movie on cable or playing games on iPad (we know you still play).
Prevents Alzheimer’s and dementia
Memory loss is a common thing dreaded by people late in their years. However, according to Dr. Zaven Khachaturian, an American senior science adviser to the Alzheimer’s Association, doing brain-challenging activities can prevent early stages memory loss, at the same time can strengthen short-term memory recall — and reading every now and then is an simple activity even you won’t forget.
So remember to pick up a book, a magazine, or even a newspaper every once in a while!