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The Importance Of Reading As You Age

Getting lost in a captivating book offers more than emotional stimulation. Scientific research has proven the long-term health benefits of reading on a regular basis. Aging adults need to make time in their busy daily schedules to relax and enjoy a book to help encourage brain power.

Stress Reduction

Reading has a significant impact on your body. While reading, your heart rate lowers and muscle tension alleviates. In fact, a 2009 study conducted by the University of Sussex found reading lowers stress levels by as much as 68 percent. Choosing books that you will enjoy without upsetting you is the key to reducing stress. Novels are usually helpful for unwinding while reading newspapers may promote stress. No matter what you’re in the mood to read, you’ll find it within the library at Heritage Havenwood Heights. The expansive collection includes new releases, biographies, historical novels, classics, science fiction, and thrillers.

Stop Memory Loss

Reduced mental function as we age is a shared fear. We want to stay clear headed as we enter our golden years. Although doctors often stress the importance of working out the body to stay healthy, not enough emphasis is put on mental workouts. With reading, you’re giving your brain the engagement it needs. A study funded by the American Academy of Neurology found people between the ages of 70 and 89 who read experienced a 30 to 50 percent decreased risk of memory loss. Conversely, participants in the study who watched TV alone were 50 percent more likely to develop memory loss. Reading also strengthens nerve connections in the brain, making you have better short-term memory recall.

Never Stop Learning

Learning is a natural part of the human process. No matter what age we are, we can always acquire new knowledge. The knowledge you gain from reading can be applied to tackle challenges in your day-to-day life. You may learn something as small as a new vocabulary word to something as significant as a new skill. You’ll put your analytical abilities to good use as you read too while attempting to solve a novel’s mystery. The library at Heritage Havenwood Heights will certainly help you widen your knowledge base. Besides from offering standard texts, we have teaching courses available with audio and video capabilities.

Social Benefits

Isolation is a significant concern among seniors. Despite living in a flourishing retirement community, a senior may struggle to connect socially. Reading presents an opportunity to make connections through books. Book discussion groups allow for seniors to meet and have thought-provoking debates about shared reading material.

Reading Deterrents

Seniors are often faced with age-related issues when reading. Vision problems, in particular, may cause a senior to reduce the time he or she spends with a book. However, new adaptive technologies assist with reading. Options may include reading glasses, magnifiers, large print books, and audio books. Luckily, Heritage Havenwood Heights includes many of these assistive devices. Within our senior living community’s library, audio books are available as well as optical magnifiers to expand text. Many of the books in our collection are available in large print editions.

The Library At Our Retirement Community In Concord, New Hampshire

The library at Heritage Havenwood Heights is so much more than a home for books. All reading materials are collected through an annual drive with book donations always accepted. Volunteers make the library a warm and friendly space with weekly activities like Tuesday night concert screenings. Two computers are available on-site with a web camera and headset. Besides books, residents are permitted to borrow vinyls, DVDs, VHS tapes, and CDs.

At Havenwood Heritage Heights, we provide a comfortable atmosphere with plenty of things to do throughout our community. If you’re interested in learning more about our continuing care retirement community in Concord, New Hampshire, please don’t hesitate to contact us today!

By Mike Wall

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