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4 Benefits of Reading for the Aging Brain

by Sarasota Bay Club

While the aging process is inevitable, mental and physical decline doesn't have to be. Embracing activities that nourish and stimulate your brain is crucial for maintaining mental agility and keeping both your mind and body sharp as you age.


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Reading can be a powerful tool for keeping the aging brain sharp – and it's never too late to start a reading habit. Let's explore four benefits that reading has on our brain health!


1. Reading Prevents Dementia

Your body may feel like it's slowing down in your golden years, but the same isn't true for your mind. Several studies have shown that older adults who participate in mentally stimulating activities (such as reading books) experience less cognitive decline than those who don't challenge their brains. These studies show that reading for at least 30 minutes per day can delay the onset of dementia for up to 5 years.



2. Reading Improves your Memory

In addition to preventing memory-related diseases, reading can also improve your overall memory functioning. Engaging in this mentally stimulating activity exercises your cognitive muscles and strengthens your brain's ability to recall information.

One study found that people had greater mental alertness and memory recall on days when they read a novel or fiction story compared to days when they didn't. The same study concluded that reading can improve both your long and short-term memory.



3. It's more accessible than ever

It probably comes as no surprise that most Americans aren't reading as much as they used to. People are spending more time on computers or watching TV than ever before, but technology can also help older adults stay sharp by tackling the challenge of slow reading speed.

Many people over 50 say that it's difficult for them to read because their eyesight isn't what it used to be and they struggle with other sensory issues. Luckily, modern technology has a few possible solutions. E-books, available on almost any smart device or Kindle, allow you to increase the font size, decrease background glare, and use photo-realistic text. Or, if your eyes get tired quickly, you can listen to audiobooks. Better yet, get back into the reading habit by reading and listening to your book!katie-lyke-nKMVrzRRS1A-unsplash


4. Reading Can Improve Your Sleep

Sleep is just as important for healthy aging as fitness and nutrition. To keep your brain healthy along with your body, it's essential to take care of your mental health and prioritize relaxation. 

We all know how good bedtime stories are for kids – they help them relax before falling asleep. Research found that reading before bed or reading regularly reduces stress and insomnia, improves sleep quality, and helps people of all ages get more sleep.



Stay Connected by Joining a Book Club

If you want to stay connected with friends and family, you don't have to rely solely on face-to-face visits. Why not pick up a book club or reading group at the library? You can meet new people and read books that interest you, which are both great ways to maintain social connections and sharpen your mental agility.


With a variety of different genres and formats--whether they be short stories, comics, news articles, or blogs-- and new technology, like e-books and audiobooks, reading has never been more accessible.  Make reading fun by joining a book club! Our book club at Sarasota Bay Club motivates each other by bringing fun and friendship to this mental exercise.

Our active senior living community brings excitement into physical exercise groups and resident clubs as well. Learn more about our luxury senior living community at Sarasota Bay Club with a personal tour!

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