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.

A TREASURE

Maranatha Village library is a treasure available to all residents. Located in the Northwood Apartment building, it houses several thousand books, over 300 DVDs, dozens of jigsaw puzzles, photocopies at five cents a page, and hand-made greeting cards.

The library is open daily on a self-service basis. Residents discover the treasure and are enriched!

Our library is just one of the many reasons why we’re not a nursing home, we’re much better! Contact us or visit to find out why our residents love it here.