April is National Poetry Month, and celebrating it may help improve your parent’s brain function. Researchers conducted studies in which brain scans revealed that reading stimulates the brain, and not just the areas that process language. In fact, they found that when people read words for items that would evoke a sensory response in real life, such as “cinnamon” or “lavender,” the same areas of the brain activate as would activate if someone were smelling cinnamon or lavender. This indicates that the brain does not distinguish between reading about something and experiencing it. Certain kinds of metaphors can also stimulate the sensory cortex of the brain.
Not only does reading stimulate the brain, it is also an excellent way to pass the time and prevent boredom. Visiting the library to choose books is also a good way for your parent to get out of the house with their home care provider. Your parent may also enjoy joining a book club to discuss the books they are reading, which gives them a chance to socialize with others while also providing an incentive for reading.
5 Ways Reading Helps the Aging Brain
Here are some more reasons to encourage your parent to read:
- Reading slows Alzheimer’s: Researchers have discovered that people over the age of 65 who had engaged throughout their lives in mental activities like reading had less beta amyloid protein in their brains. Beta amyloid protein is the protein that comprises the plaques in the brain that are associated with Alzheimer’s disease.
- Reading improves memory: Scientists have found that reading poetry activates the part of the brain responsible for autobiographical memory.
- Reading slows the decline of mental abilities: One study found that people who engage in mental activities, including reading, show a lower rate of mental decline. Those who did not participate in mental activities decline at a rate of 48 percent faster.
- Reading increases concentration: Focusing on just one thing at a time, like reading a book, helps build the discipline required to concentrate on a task.
- Reading makes you smarter: Reading improves the vocabulary and you never know what you might learn while reading a book!
Ask your parent’s home care provider to assist with keeping your parent involved in reading. A home care provider may be able to drive your parent to the bookstore or library to find books to read. If your parent is unable to read on their own, perhaps because of eyesight issues, ask the home care provider to read aloud to them. This can be a great way for the two of them to form a bond and will give them something to talk about, too.
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