Reading should be a habit for all people, regardless of age, since it does not matter how old you are; reading will always bring important benefits to your mental health. But if we talk about older adults or adults with mental illness, we can find many great benefits that will help them sharpen their minds.
Keeping the mind active is essential to preventing mind-related diseases such as Alzheimer’s and dementia, among others. Reading is a way to protect the brain and keep it constantly working; it can help to increase concentration, imagination, memory, and the ability to acquire new knowledge.
Here are some benefits that reading can have on your loved one
- It increases the ability to concentrate
By reading, older people improve their attention, comprehension, and observation skills, making their minds more agile and helping them function better.
- Improves memory
Reading stimulates older adults’ memory through the emotions it provokes, making them more likely to recall things.
- Increase empathy
Getting to know other people’s thoughts and development as well as reading or listening to different genres will make your loved one a more empathetic person. Putting on an audiobook or reading different genres weekly can help increase empathy
- Sense of well-being
The act of reading is a very effective way to relax and relieve stress. Read with your loved one for half an hour a day to help them relieve stress and spend time together.
Reading often becomes a hobby, something that is done for pleasure and not for its benefit. It is a way of keeping our minds active and entertained.
- Avoid loneliness feeling
Reading will prevent your loved one from feeling lonely. As a result, they will begin to envision scenarios from the book in their minds. When they read these scenarios, they will forget their loneliness and feel comforted and entertained.
- Help sleep
As we said before, reading is a method of relaxation and stress release. Therefore, reading with your loved one a few minutes before bed will undoubtedly make their sleep much better and make them feel rested in the morning.
As people age, these types of distractions tend to complicate tasks for them, but at 24/7 Nursing Care, we want you to know that you are not alone; our team is always ready to support your loved ones.
Making the choice for how to best support your aging loved ones can be difficult. Give us a call to learn more about our in-home referral services and to schedule a free in-home consultation so that we can help you make a decision that best fits your personal needs. We can be reached at (786) 518-3622 in Miami-Dade or (954) 949-1332 in Broward. 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, including holidays.