Humans are taught at a young age that reading is an important activity throughout life. Books help educate individuals on infinite subjects and sparks creativity through fictional tales. More importantly, this hobby can be used as a tool to sharpen our brains through critical thinking.
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According to Philips Lifeline, reading can help enhance a baby boomer’s or senior’s memory, sharpen decision-making skills, delay onset Alzheimer’s and Dementia, reduce stress levels, and help with sleep. At the very least, picking up a good book can help pass the time.
What Books Should You Read to Strengthen Your Brain?
With the help of our Moorings Park CogniFit specialist, Kelli Russo, we’ve compiled a list of books you should add to your library.
- Keep Sharp: Build a Better Brain at Any Age by Dr. Sanjay Gupta
- Boost Your Brain Power in 60 Seconds: The 4-Week Plan for a Sharper Mind, Better Memory, and Healthier Brain by Dr. Michelle Schoffro Cook
- Radical Curiosity: One Man’s Search for Cosmic Magic and a Purposeful Life by Dr. Ken Dychtwald
- The Total Brain Workout: 450 Puzzles to Sharpen Your Mind, Improve Your Memory & Keep Your Brain Fit by Dr. Marcel Danesi
- Strong Memory, Sharp Mind: Anti-Aging Strategies for Your Brain by Dr. Frank Minirth
- What Retirees Want: A Holistic View of Life’s Third Age by Dr. Ken Dychtwald and Robert Morison
- Wisdom at Work: The Making of a Modern Elder by Chip Conley
- Whole Brain Living: The Anatomy of Choice and the Four Characters That Drive Our Life by Dr. Jill Bolte Taylor
- Hear Your Brain Whisper: How to Unlock Your Mind’s Potential by Otakara Klettke
- Brain Builders: Easy Exercises to Sharpen Your Mind by Dr. Frank Minirth
Notice how some titles feature exercises and strategies to keep your brain active, such as word searches, sudoku puzzles, riddles, and brain teasers. These activities work both the left and right sides of the brain, keeping your mind active and memory in motion.
Beyond reading paperbacks, there are plenty of ways of keep your mind and body active. At Moorings Park Communities, we offer a wide variety of fun physical and intellectual activities and amenities to fulfil our resident needs, from educational guest speakers and member book clubs to fully equipped pneumatic fitness centers and creative art and wood shop classes.
To learn more about what Moorings Park Communities can offer you, please visit MooringsPark.org.