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Why Elderly Will Love Downton Abbey

By Kevin McClarren, 9:00 am on

For many seniors, cognitive and mobility challenges make it difficult to leave the home. As a result, television shows and movies often become a popular way for seniors to pass the time. If your elderly loved one is looking for new shows to start watching, he or she may enjoy the BBC hit series, Downton Abbey. Presented by Home Care Assistance Warren, here are five reasons your loved one should consider watching Downton Abbey.

1. Time for Family

Downton Abbey has received popular and critical acclaim for the quality of the acting and production. The show has a large ensemble cast and multiple on-going storylines that can engage family members of all ages, offering an opportunity to bond with your elderly loved one while discussing the different historical events depicted in the show or debating the strengths and weaknesses of the characters.

2. Mental Stimulation

The show features a large cast of regulars and a number of guest supporting actors. Each episode includes multiple storylines, some of which continue throughout the season. The intricate relationships between the characters and various plot twists will require your loved one to exercise their memory, problem-solving, and deductive reasoning skills, helping promote mental acuity and prevent cognitive decline.

3. Humor

The show has many humorous moments, many of them involving the character played by Dame Maggie Smith. Laughter has been shown to have many emotional benefits for older adults, helping your elderly family member relax and reduce his or her stress levels. Laughter also causes the brain to release endorphins that can make your loved one feel happier and can help prevent depression.

4. Physical Benefits

Not only does laughter have emotional benefits, laughing can also help promote your loved one’s physical health. Laughter has been shown to reduce cortisol that causes pain and inflammation, lower blood pressure, and strengthen seniors’ immune systems.

5. Relatable

Downton Abbey has a number of senior characters who face many of the challenges common to seniors, including changing family dynamics, health concerns, and working with new technologies. As most of the characters also maintain active and happy lives in spite of these challenges, including doing things like working, volunteering, traveling, and finding romance, your loved one may also find the show inspiring.

If you’re looking for other ways to help your loved one stay happy, healthy, and cognitively engaged while he or she is home alone, consider turning to Home Care Assistance. Expertly trained to help with a variety of senior needs, including Parkinson’s, dementia, and Alzheimer’s care in Warren, our caregivers can help ensure your loved receives assistance for a range of daily activities, as well as emotional support and companionship. To learn more about our care services, dial 908.450.9400 to speak with a Care Manager and schedule a free in-home consultation.