Senior Care in Port Salerno FL
A habit that far too many Americans have developed in the last few decades is watching a tremendous amount of TV, even movies. Watching movies and television programs are not bad on their own, but in excess, just like many other things, they can be problematic.
When you’re talking about positive senior care, there can be a lot of benefits to watching movies, but there can also be some potential trouble to keep in mind.
The benefits of watching movies.
For seniors who are, for the most part, homebound because they no longer drive, have health issues, or are facing other physical limitations and challenges, they may have a tendency to watch a lot of television programs or movies.
If they do this on a daily basis, that could be a problem, but if this is a type of activity they do with the senior care provider, a family caregiver, or other friends and loved ones, it can be a great opportunity for companionship. It can even open the door to conversations they may be missing out on and the rest of their life.
Watching certain movies, especially historical documentaries or other films that open up various questions of morality, life, and other issues could create avenues for discussion among family members. This can help increase conversations among the senior and their friends and loved ones into the future.
The potential trouble of watching too much TV and movies.
Some people incorrectly assume that watching TV, especially dramas, documentaries, the history Channel, or other such programming actually provides mental stimulation. It doesn’t. For an elderly individual, it’s important that he or she gets proper mental stimulation to avoid various issues, including memory loss. A person who watches five hours of TV or movies a day will be at greater risk of experiencing significant memory loss and even potentially developing some type of dementia in the future. Alzheimer’s disease is a form of dementia and some research has shown that mental stimulation and avoiding excessive television watching helps to reduce the risk of developing this disease.
Another potential problem with watching too many movies during the week is the senior could become depressed. Sitting around watching a movie is fine, but doing that all day, every day is not going to be providing stimulation or allowing the senior to get exercise. That can have serious negative consequences on his or her health.
If you or an aging loved one are in need of senior care services in Port Salerno, FL or the surrounding areas, contact the caring professionals at Treasure Coast Home Health Care. Call today at (772) 678-3324.