Why Aging Adults Should Read More Often

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Reading is an important part of life for many people. In addition to being fun, it can be educational. If your senior loved one has difficulty reading small print, see if your local library or bookstore carries large print books. Some people also enjoy audiobooks. In addition to being able to rent audiobooks on disc, you can also download apps for your loved one if he or she would prefer to listen to books being read. Here are a few reasons you should encourage your elderly relative to keep reading.

Reading is like exercise for the brain, which keeps the brain active. It may slow down or stave off age-related memory conditions, and it also builds critical thinking skills.

Seniors can face a variety of challenges as they age, many of which can be mitigated with the help of professional in-home caregivers who provide high-quality home care. Centennial families trust in Home Care Assistance to help their elderly loved ones age in place safely and comfortably.

When it comes to entertainment, few things beat reading a book. Reading can take seniors to another world, allow them to enjoy places and time periods they have never seen and characters they have never met. Getting lost in a book is a wonderful way to spend an afternoon. It’s an inexpensive form of entertainment, particularly if your loved one utilizes libraries and subscription services like Kindle Unlimited or Audible. Reading can be a great hobby for seniors with limited mobility or other health conditions.

Certain age-related conditions can make it more challenging for seniors to age in place safely and comfortably, but Centennial live-in care experts are available around the clock to help seniors manage their health. Whether your loved one is living with dementia or is recovering from a stroke, you can trust in professional live-in caregivers to enhance his or her quality of life.

Your loved one can continue to learn by reading. Whether it’s a mystery novel or a DIY book on building boats, there is always something new to learn. Continuing to learn can also help your elderly relative feel better about him or herself, as depression and low self-esteem can be an issue in the golden years. Don’t try to force your loved one to read educational books if he or she doesn’t want to. Particularly at this stage in life, reading should be pleasurable, and there is something to learn from any book, whether it seems educational or not.

If your loved one doesn’t go out, he or she may feel there isn’t much to talk about with family and friends. Reading is a great conversation starter, and a voracious reader always has something to talk about, whether it’s discussing the book he or she is currently reading, specific genres he or she likes, or the new book in a series he or she can’t wait to read.

Reading can be a great bonding tool for you and your loved one. If your relative is willing, join a book club at your local library or community center together. If that isn’t an option, you could always form your own book club by reading and discussing books you are both interested in.

If you provide care for an elderly loved one and require additional support or assistance, consider hiring a professional caregiver. Centennial respite care professionals can assist seniors with a wide array of daily tasks, offering family caregivers the chance to focus on other personal responsibilities or take a break to prevent burnout. Whether it’s for a few hours a day or a few days a week, respite care is the perfect solution for family caregivers who are feeling overwhelmed. Call Home Care Assistance at 303.957.3100 to find out about our revolutionary senior care plans or to schedule a free in-home consultation.