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Reading or Listening to Books Stimulates the Mind

Alzheimer’s Care in Tarrytown NY

Have you ever listened to a book? Audiobooks have become increasingly popular during the last 10 to 15 years. There’s a good reason for that; people can listen to audiobooks while heading to Alzheimer’s-Care-in-Tarrytown-NYwork, riding the train or bus, or when just relaxing at home with the lights off. It can be a great activity for anyone, including those who may be at an increased risk of developing Alzheimer’s or some other form of dementia.

June is Audio Book Appreciation Month, and encouraging a senior to read or even listen to audiobooks more frequently can be incredibly beneficial. Even if the senior has already been diagnosed with Alzheimer’s or some other form of dementia, they can benefit by reading or listening to audiobooks frequently.

That’s because the process of reading or listening to a story in audio format, as opposed to acted out on television or in movies, stimulates the brain in a number of ways. Words are merely symbols that represent objects or ideas. The person reading or listening to a story will have to use their own imagination which fires neurons and neurotransmitters, providing valuable exercise for the brain.

Why exercise for the brain is so valuable.

The brain is a muscle. Just like every other muscle in the body, it requires exercise to stay in peak condition. Watching television or a movie is a passive activity, meaning there is very little mental stimulation going on, even with intense crime dramas or other mysteries.

The same is not true with regard to books. Anything a senior can do to stimulate their brain is going to provide many benefits. Somebody who has not yet been diagnosed with Alzheimer’s but has a family history or is considered at risk for developing it may be able to stave off this serious health condition if they get enough mental exercise every day.

Somebody who has been diagnosed with the disease may be able to strengthen their memory and delay more serious aspects of memory loss, at least for quite some time. That can directly impact quality of life for them.

This month, it’s a great individual or family activity to read together. An adult child, spouse, sibling, or other family member or friend could even make time to visit with the senior, sit down, and listen to an audiobook together. They can enjoy a couple of chapters every visit, discuss the story, and that can forge an even stronger relationship while providing that incredible mental benefit for the senior.

If you or an aging loved one are looking for Alzheimer’s care in Tarrytown, NY, call the friendly staff at The Perfect Home Care at (855) 855-5728.  Call today!

 

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Geralyn DiGiovanni

Manager of Client Services at The Perfect Home Care, Inc.
Geralyn DiGiovanni has been marketing director of The Perfect Home Care since July, 2013. She’s responsible for promoting the agency by identifying and reaching out to market segments that align with the services offered by The Perfect Home Care. Among others, she works closely with geriatric care managers, elder care attorneys, and assisted living facilities. Her industry-specific experience includes multiple stints as a companion aide for seniors. She also has extensive experience in the publishing industry, where she worked as an account manager. “I love this industry and am passionate about working with seniors,” she says.

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