MEDFORD, Ore. -- Reading books lowers your risk of developing Alzheimer's disease, a study shows.
According to a study published by the National Academy of Sciences, older adults who read or played mentally challenging games regularly were two and a half times less likely to develop the disease.
Reading exercises your brain in a way viewing images does not. It can also lower stress, improve social skills, and improve relationships.
Many studies linked reading fiction to better empathy and social awareness skills. In one study, researchers gave participants a test designed to measure empathy, and another that gauged ability to interpret the mental states of others. Participants who read fiction frequently scored far higher on measurements of social awareness.