Good news for all of us who love to read! According to a new study reported in the Smithsonian, reading is one of the best ways to reduce degenerative memory loss in old age! I've always believed this, but now I have the evidence to prove my supposition.
Old-Age Study: Read to Remember
Another reason to keep reading and enjoy reading: the Smithsonian magazine reported that a study published in Neurology suggests that "reading books, writing and engaging in other similar brain-stimulating activities slows down cognitive decline in old age, independent of common age-related neurodegenerative diseases. In particular, people who participated in mentally stimulating activities over their lifetimes, both in young, middle and old age, had a slower rate of decline in memory and other mental capacities than those who did not."
The study also found that "any reading and writing is better than none at all. Remaining a bookworm into old age reduced the rate of memory decline by 32% compared to engaging in average mental activity. Those who didn't read or write often later in life did even worse: their memory decline was 48% faster than people who spent an average amount of time on these activities."-Self Awareness
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