We at Home Care Assistance Palo Alto recognize the many benefits of reading in a digital age. In our book Happy to 102, we share the secrets to living longer, healthier and happier lives. One of the behaviors linked to healthy longevity is mental stimulation. Exercising your mind is just as important as exercising your body and one of the most enjoyable ways to keep your brain active is by reading.
Maryanne Wolf, director of the Center for Reading and Language Research at Tufts University, tells us in Benefits Of Reading, “Reading gives you a unique pause button for comprehension and insight.” When we watch TV, perhaps the most common pastime nowadays, we often become drone-like while reading requires our full concentration and often involves reasoning.
Dr. Geoff Kauffman, an author for Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, speaks to our involvement while reading stating, “When people read a fictional story, they vicariously experience their favorite character’s emotions, thoughts and beliefs in the process.” Imagining something happening is just as good at activating the brain as actually participating in the event in reality; our brains simulate experiences. When we allow our brains to press pause and become wrapped in a story, we are building and strengthening neurological connections.
In addition to keeping your mind sharp, reading is also correlated with reduced stress, a benefit we think our Palo Alto home care clients appreciate since maintaining calmness is also linked to longevity.
Home Care Assistance Palo Alto encourages you to keep your brain young by picking up a book and putting down the remote or computer mouse. Take your grandchildren to the library to choose books together. It’s a great way to bond and promote the benefits of reading.