How Reading Books Keeps Your Brain Sharp as You Age by Maranatha Village

We’ve all been through varying phases of love/hate with reading. Growing up and being incentivized to read in school to potentially growing up to enjoy reading for pleasure. Some of us find reading to be an escape, while others don’t want to fill their free time with that particular hobby. Whatever your feelings about reading, there are significant benefits that are proven to come from reading. 

Here at Maranatha Village, a retirement community in Springfield, we focus on the overall well-being of our residents. When transitioning to different phases of life, it’s especially important to care for your brain. While there are many ways to do this, reading has been proven to be both enjoyable and beneficial. 

Preventing Cognitive Decline

Studies have shown that those who participate in activities that stimulate the brain do not experience cognitive decline at the same rate of those who do not. This means that activities like reading actually strengthen your mind and lessen the odds of experiencing things like memory loss or confusion. In fact, the study shows that those who read regularly have up to 32% lower rate of cognitive decline compared to those with average mental activity.

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Processing Information

When we read, our brain takes an active role in processing the information. Unlike watching television or movies, where the scene is presented to us, readers have to construct this piece for themselves. Engaging the mind in imagination and narrative production is what makes reading so beneficial. Reading forces the brain to consider circumstances or situations that may not occur in everyday life, which is a form of exercise for the mind. 

Increases Vocabulary

Not only does reading expand the horizons of the imagination, it has many other practical benefits. Regular reading increases your vocabulary and the ability to empathize with others, especially in unorthodox situations that may not occur in regular life. Recalling details about the content of the book throughout its duration helps exercise the memory of the reader. All of this helps to engage and exercise the brain, helping to maintain its function as we age.

Maranatha Village Is Here for You

There are many proven and attested benefits of reading, which is why we encourage our residents to find a book and enjoy the beautiful grounds of Maranatha Village.

What to Do When Severe Weather Hits Maranatha Village

Disaster preparedness in assisted living and independent living communities is highly important. Without effective plans in place, our residents may face dangerous circumstances during extreme weather. Our team of experts here at Maranatha Village will cover what to do when extreme weather hits. 

Get a Kit

Having a disaster kit is going to be the best way to survive an unexpected tornado, or flood if your home is affected. 

Store your disaster kit in a duffle bag or backpack that has wheels on it. Label the bag and anything else you’ll need (wheelchairs, canes, or walkers) with your name, address, and phone number should you become separated from your items.. 

Include enough supplies to last for three days. These items include dried, or canned non-perishable food items, batteries, a first aid kit, and your current daily medications. To see a full checklist, click here, Keep in mind that your kit needs to be updated regularly-a minimum of every 6 months. 

Another thing to remember is that these preparedness kits are for worst-case scenarios.

Make a Plan

Planning ahead, and talking through your plan with family and friends, is highly important when it comes to disaster planning. Create a family communications plan. This includes carrying a family contact card in your wallet in case of emergency, and establishing an out-of-town contact person. Oftentimes after a disaster it is easier to make long distance calls than local ones, especially if power is out.

Talk to resident services at Maranatha Village about what plans we have in place. We will go through and check on each resident in the event of a severe weather diaster, presuming our staff is able to do that. Knowing what we will do in the event of an emergency will help you plan as well. Consider going through an emergency drill once every spring before severe weather hits the Ozarks.

Be Informed

Stay informed of weather alerts in your area. 

Ways to stay connected include:

  • Understanding weather alerts and what they mean.
  • Maintaining an NOAA Weather Radio/All Hazard Radio
  • Contacting the front office of Maranatha Village.
  • Knowing where to take shelter.
  • Weather apps on your phone to know when severe weather is heading your way.

It is so important to make sure you are staying informed on the preventative measures to take to protect yourself from severe weather. 

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Maranatha Village’s Disaster Plans

If you are a concerned family member, senior, or family member, and you would like more information on how to create your own disaster preparedness plan, please contact us or call (417)-883-0016. Resident Services is always here for you!