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This is Why your Elderly Loved One Should Have Netflix

by Claudia Vicente Insignia Digital


The Era of Netflix

It‘s the Era of Netflix and we’re just living in it. Netflix for seniors? Yes here’s why your elderly loved one should have Netflix! Everyone love’s good entertainment accompanied by a comfy couch. For those of you who don’t exactly know, Netflix is a media-services provider, that streams countless shows and movies. For many, it is a life-altering platform, inducing daily life with a sprinkle of amusement and enjoyment. It’s appropriate for people of all age groups, with adult shows, teenage shows, and also a “Kids” account with content for children.

A Lot of Time in Seniors hands

Seniors usually have a lot of time in their hands. Other than exercising, eating, and having an appropriate resting pattern, keeping seniors occupied with something during the day is sometimes challenging, but it doesn’t have to be! Watching a movie, a show, or a documentary is a great option to help pass the day with enjoyment. Also, a show can give the person something to look forward to watching the next day, or the day after that. There are diverse options to choose from! Different categories, depending on the mood, and on the taste of the individual. Comedies and Drama—adding joy or a giggle to their day, and known to be very entertaining; Game shows/ Trivia—challenging the mind and also a very popular choice; Documentaries—for those who love informative content; Reality shows—for a few eye-catching situations; not to mention famous Telenovelas! There are so many choices!

Here are some suggestions, divided by categories:

Comedies & Drama: (with series descriptions)

  1. Grace and Frankie – “They’re not friends, but when their husbands leave them for each other, proper Grace and eccentric Frankie begin to bond in this Emmy-nominated series.”
  2. Medici The Magnificent – “In 15th century Renaissance Florence, the visionary Medici dynasty flexes its power in politics and the arts, risking its rivals’ lethal opposition.”
  3. Velvet – “Velvet is on the verge of bankruptcy. Don Gerardo, a family friend, offers to save Velvet if Alberto agrees to marry his daughter Cristina.”
  4. When Calls the Heart – Leaving behind her upper-crust city roots, a woman journeys west in the early 1900’s to become a teacher in a small Canadian mining community.
  5. Madame Secretary – “When a highly capable woman becomes secretary of state, she struggles to find a balance between the demands of world politics and those of her family”

Game Shows/ Trivia: (with series descriptions)

  1. Jeopardy! – “Alex Trebek hosts one of TV’s longest-running game shows, where a trio of players buzz in with their knowledge of history, arts, pop culture, and more.”
  2. Minute to Win It – “In this game show hosted by Apolo Anton Ohno, contestants compete by completing 60-second challenges using common household items.”
  3. Idiotest – “Comedian Ben Gleib hosts this game show in which teams of two compete to solve increasingly tough brain teasers. Faster answers mean more money.”

Documentaries: (with description)

  1. Planet Earth – Docu-series “This landmark series transports nature lovers from the Himalayan Mountains to the depths of the ocean and everywhere in between.”
  2. Life – Docu-series “Discover the glorious variety of life on Earth and the spectacular and extraordinary tactics animals and plants have developed to stay alive.”
  3. Blue Planet – Docu-series “David Attenborough narrates this definitive exploration of the marine world, from the familiar to the unknown, revealing the sea and its communities.”
  4. Given – “A surfing adventure across 15 countries gives a young boy from Kauai an opportunity to widen his horizons and gain a deeper understanding of life.”
  5. Tales by Light – Docu-series “Photographers and filmmakers travel the world capturing indelible images of people, places, creatures and cultures from new, previously unseen angles.”

Reality Shows: (with series descriptions)

  1. The Final Table – “Teams of elite chefs vie to impress the world’s toughest palates as they whip up iconic dishes from nine nations in this star-packed competition.”
  2. The World’s Most Extraordinary Homes – “Award-winning architect Piers Taylor and actress/ property enthusiast Caroline Quentin travel the world touring beautifully unconventional homes.”
  3. Instant Hotel – “Teams of Australian homeowners compete for the title of best Instant Hotel by staying overnight in each other’s rentals and rating their experience.”

Telenovelas: (with descriptions)

  1. La Esclava Blanca – “In Colombia in 1821, a white orphan is taken in by black slaves. Years after torn from them, she returns to find her family and childhood love.”
  2. Silvana Sin Lana – “When her fugitive husband leaves her homeless and penniless, a once-wealthy woman has no other choice but to join the working class.”
  3. La Rosa de Guadalupe – “This series responds to the need to believe in miracles, dreams, love stories, and happy endings, with positive characters.”
  4. Pasión de Gavilanes – “Three brothers seek to avenge the tragic death of a loved one, but become emotionally entangled with the daughters of those they hold responsible.”
  5. Corazón Valiente – “Ángela and Samantha, childhood best friends separated by fate fore years, reunite in an unforgettable story of loyalty, friendship, courage, and love.”

Also, here are some must-watch movie suggestions:

  1. Julie & Julia – “In this heartwarming tale, Julie Powell decides to spice up her life by cooking all 524 recipes outlined in Julia Child’s classic cookbook.”
  2. The Aviator – “Leonardo DiCaprio portrays eccentric tycoon Howard Hughes, who turned a small fortune into a massive one by building Hollywood and aviation empires.”
  3. Becoming Jane – “A passionate romance with roguish barrister Tom Lefroy serves as the inspiration for the works of budding novelist Jane Austen.”
  4. West Side Story – “The Classic Musical set among the tenements of New York City finds a pair of star-crossed lovers caught in a turf war between rival street gangs.”
  5. The Guernsey Literary & Potato Peel Pie Society – “A London writer bonds with the colorful residents of Guernsey as she learns about the book club they formed during the WWII German occupation.”
It’s significant to state that seniors’ screen-time should be limited for the sake of their sleeping patterns. And also, although the hours can fly by while watching shows or movies, it’s important for seniors to keep exercising regularly! Hitting pause and taking an afternoon walk is surely beneficial. We hope this article helped with the suggestions presented! Ready, set, Netflix!

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