There’s nothing better than curling up with a good book right as the air begins to chill and the sun begins to set. National Read a Book Day takes place every year on Sept. 6. If you’ve already made it through your summer beach reads, don’t stop reading now. Here are four reasons why reading is important, especially for older adults.

It Keeps Your Brain Sharp

Not only are books inexpensive entertainment, but they are like brain exercises for seniors. Research published in Neurology shows that older adults who engaged in mentally stimulating activities, such as reading, over their lifetime experienced slower late-life cognitive decline.

It Helps You Sleep Better

Establishing a bedtime routine, such as drinking a cup of tea and reading a book, can help you calm your mind and send your body a message that it’s almost time for sleep. Many seniors have problems getting to sleep, and reading can be a great way to improve your sleep quality as you age.

It Can Ease Depression

Depression among older adults can have serious consequences. Combined with attending support sessions, reading self-help books can help improve mood and knowledge of the causes and treatment of depression.

It Can Help You Relax

Stressed? There’s a book for that. Research shows that reading may reduce stress by as much as 68 percent. It doesn’t matter what you’re reading, either. Whether you’re a fan of romance novels, sci-fi thrillers or memoirs, books can be a source of escapism and can bring relief and comfort.

If you struggle to read due to age-related changes, why not ask someone in your life to read with you? Even if you live across the country from each other, you can still read with the ones you love using a video intercom service.

There are many reasons why reading is important for people of all ages. For seniors, reading offers profound physical, mental and emotional benefits.


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