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Did You Know? Reading is a Great Way to Improve Your Mental Health

Posted: 11/12/2014 3:48 PM by Interim HealthCare

 Mental Activities Such as Reading Are Important for Seniors! Here are
Some Great Ideas to Help You Get Your Loved One Started!
It’s important to continue improving mental health and activity as people age. Reading is a great exercise for the mind that can help keep your brain active and your memory sharp. Older adults may really enjoy reading books that were written in their generation or written about activities they enjoy. Finding literature that an aging adult can relate to can help keep their memories vivid and intact. Here are some wonderful books that you or a loved one may have an interest in reading.
  • If you are looking for a book that not only contains adventure and travel but also speaks to the heart, The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry by Rachel Joyce would be a great choice. This bestselling book is about a retired man named Harold. Harold’s life is pretty uneventful until he receives a letter from a long lost friend. He then embarks on an adventure where he crosses paths with all kinds of interesting people and events. If you are no longer able to travel the world, this story can take you on a wonderful journey all from the comfort of your own home.
  • If you are an older woman living alone or just enjoy stories that are told from the viewpoint of a strong woman, The New woman: A Staggerford Novel by Jon Hassler may be perfect you. This story is told from the perspective of a woman in her late eighties who lives alone. Older women may be able to relate to this story and the feelings of being alone, disconnected, or frustrated. Ultimately the woman discovers true happiness in the people she loves the most, family and friends.
  • If you enjoy books related to spirituality, A Prayer for Owen Meany by John Irving may be just what you are looking for. The main concepts of the book deal with having a belief in God and friendship. The story is set between the years of 1950 and 1960, if you are an aging adult you may be able to relate well to this time period.

Mental activity is important for aging adults and their overall well-being. Mental exercises can help seniors keep their memories intact and their minds healthy. And as a bonus, it can be a totally free activity if you use the services of your local public library. There are also online books for free and others at a very nominal cost. This would save someone making trips out for books when they don’t have the time or the weather doesn’t cooperate.

Reading is a great hobby for someone who is home-bound most of the time, due to medical issues. In-home health care services can provide the medical attention your loved one needs in the comfort of their own home.

If you have an aging loved one and are considering home care services, contact Interim HealthCare today. G+

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