Friday, August 5, 2016

The Health Benefits of Reading Books

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Reading books is tied to a longer life, according to a new report.
Researchers used data on 3,635 people over 50 participating in a larger health study who had answered questions about reading.

Those Who Read Books Live Longer Than Those Who Don’t, Study Finds
Do Kindles count? By Ann Brenoff
Researchers at Yale University School of Public Health have found that book readers have a “significant survival advantage” over those who don’t read books.

Book readers live an average of almost two years longer than those who did not read at all, research has found By Roisin O'Connor

Keep Reading to Keep Alzheimer's at Bay [Reading books and magazines, writing and participating in other mentally stimulating activities, no matter your age, can help to keep memory and thinking skills intact, a new study suggests. The findings add to growing evidence that mental challenges like reading and doing crossword puzzles may help to preserve brain health and stave off symptoms of Alzheimer’s in old age.
“Our study suggests that exercising your brain by taking part in activities such as these across a person’s lifetime, from childhood through old age, is important for brain health in old age,” said study author Robert S. Wilson, at Rush University Medical Center in Chicago. The findings appeared in Neurology, the American Academy of Neurology’s medical journal.]

Reading, Chess May Help Fight Alzheimer's [The study's main author, Dr. Robert Freidland, claims people who don't exercise their gray matter stand a chance of losing brain power.
The new report questions 193 people about their participation in 26 different hobbies. The list included physical activities, like gardening and knitting, intellectual hobbies like reading, and passive ones such as television viewing.
Freidland cautioned, however, that the new data does not rule out the possibility the decreased mental activity was a result of the early stages of Alzheimer's, not a cause.
TV Watching May Even Be an Alzheimer's Risk Factor]

12 Scientific Ways Reading Can Actually Improve Your Life
[Reading enhances your memory. Every time you read, you create a new memory of what you've read—essentially exercising your memory muscles. With each new memory, your brain forges new synapses, strengthens existing ones, and helps to keep your memory sharp.]

Reading Improves Memory, Concentration and Stress
[If you are looking for ways to improve your memory and concentration and also relieve stress, reading will help. The brain-stimulating activities from reading have shown to slow down cognitive decline in old age with people who participated in more mentally stimulating activities over their lifetimes.]

Reading Fiction Improves Brain Connectivity and Function By Christopher Bergland
Reading a novel has the power to reshape your brain and improve theory of mind.

Reading Aloud to Others Can Improve Memory By Rick Nauert PhD
[A new study from the University of Montreal suggests that reading aloud can boost verbal memory and that reading aloud to another person is even better for recall.]

10 Benefits of Reading: Why You Should Read Every Day

Why Novel Reading Reduces Anxiety By Tracy Shawn, MA
[“You think your pain and your heartbreak are unprecedented in the history of the world, but then you read. It was books that taught me that the things that tormented me most were the very things that connected me with all the people who were alive, or who had ever been alive.” ~James Baldwin, American author (1924-1987)]

Reading 'can help reduce stress'
Reading is the best way to relax and even six minutes can be enough to reduce the stress levels by more than two thirds, according to new research.

7 Hobbies Science Says Will Make You Smarter [The benefits of reading are the same whether you are enjoying Game of Thrones, Harry Potter or the latest issue of the Wall Street Journal.]

Study: Reading books leads to long life By Paula Wolfson
[WASHINGTON — The latest key to a long life may be as close as your local library.
A new study suggests that people who read a lot of books tend to live longer.  And it doesn’t matter whether it is Harry Potter or “War and Peace”— it is the time spent reading that counts.]

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