Seniors with Alzheimer’s need various forms of entertainment just like the rest of us. Watching or listening to familiar TV shows, movies, and music, can help keep their brains active and keep memories coming back.
A positive TV show experience can enhance mood, promote socialization, ease anxiety, and bring long-term memories of old favorites to the surface.
Watching television with family members can enhance the senior’s experience. Family members can help explain confusing moments during a television episode, and they can also be there to monitor the type of content the senior is watching.
It’s best for seniors with Alzheimer’s to watch DVD’s as opposed to cable television. This allows for more control over what they are viewing. If they were to watch cable television, they might catch a glimpse of other programs that are challenging to watch.
It’s important to note that seniors with Alzheimer’s should avoid watching the news or any stressful programs such as TV shows with violence or suspense. This can negatively affect them due to misinterpretations of what is reality and what isn’t.
Another thing to note is that these seniors should not be exposed to too many hours of television viewing. It’s best for them to also be involved in other activities that allow them to focus and communicate with others.