Seniors and Television – How much is too Much?

Senior Care in Potomac MD

Research has shown that adults aged 65 and over spend 3 times more hours watching television than do younger adults.  While this statisticSenior-Care-Potomac-MD may seem surprising, seniors who are retired and no longer have a job to do each day and those who have no children at home may find that they have much more time in the day to spend watching T.V.  Watching T.V. is not a harmful activity and it can provide seniors with entertainment, educational information, as well as knowledge of news and current events.  However, is it possible for seniors to watch too much T.V.?


Consequences of Watching Too Much T.V.

Adults over the age of 65 spend about 25% of their waking hours watching T.V.  Watching T.V. is a passive and sedentary activity and excessive T.V. viewing can lead to an increased risk for dementia, loneliness, obesity and/or type 2 diabetes, and poor cardiovascular and bone health.  Watching T.V. itself is not necessarily what leads to these health conditions, but the fact is that people who watch an excessive amount of T.V. spend less time doing the things that could help them improve their health.  Despite the fact that watching T.V. may not always make seniors feel good, it is often hard for seniors to stop or limit their T.V. time.  This is because it is easy for seniors to believe that they have nothing else to do and nothing else to contribute, a way of thinking that can also cause lower self-esteem and a lower sense of self-worth.  However, that belief couldn’t be any further than the truth!


Alternatives to Watching T.V.

For seniors who feel that they are “trapped” or that they are unable to do other things besides watching T.V. shows, the truth is that there are many activities that all seniors can enjoy that are healthier alternatives to watching T.V.  Here are just a few suggestions:

•   Exercising is recommended for all seniors who are physically able.  Exercise boosts the mood and keeps the body healthy as it can help seniors manage chronic medical conditions.

•   Reading provides entertainment just as T.V. does, but it is more mentally stimulating.  While reading, seniors must visualize, think about the words, and follow the plot more closely – a workout for the brain!

•   Volunteering is a great way for seniors to get involved in helping their community.  Through volunteering, seniors will be able to see that they still have much to contribute to society.


If you or an aging loved one are considering senior care in Potomac, MD, please call the friendly staff at Philia Care today at 202-607-2525.




About Kira Tewalt, Founder, Manager

Philia is founded and managed by Kira Tewalt. As a working mom, Kira understands the delicate balance between attending to the needs of her family and a demanding job. She knows that many people also have the added burden of caring for their parents. Kira founded Philia to help this sandwiched generation and because she loves the authenticity of children and seniors. They are her true passion. Philia was founded to holistically care for our most vulnerable citizens – children and seniors. We do this by focusing on the entire persons needs – not just their physical needs. For children, this means placing a nanny who has an in-depth understanding of childhood development to help the child with social, emotional and physical development skills to increase their confidence. For Seniors, this means planning activities that go beyond helping them with activities of daily living. The activities will facilitate their emotional and psycho-social wellbeing as well. Kira has a Masters of Business Administration from Johns Hopkins University and a Masters of Systems Engineering from George Washington University. She lives in Washington DC with her husband, 2 children, dog and 2 cats, and enjoys spending time with her family and running through woods with her dog.