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4 Reasons Why Seniors Should Have Netflix

By Kevin McClarren, 9:00 am on

The online streaming website Netflix has taken over in most American households, where Netflix has become almost as common as cable. Offering access to thousands of popular movie and television titles twenty-four hours a day, seven days a week, Netflix has revolutionized the way that young Americans watch television. Presented by a leading provider of senior home care in Warren, here are for four reasons why seniors would also enjoy Netflix.

1. Simple Set Up

For many seniors, complicated technology is a big turnoff. However, while streaming Netflix does require a device that connects to the Internet and a way to connect that device to the television, for most people setting up Netflix is easier than setting up a cable box or DVD player. If your loved one has difficulty setting up Netflix on his or her own, a family member or Warren hourly caregiver can help by logging into Netflix on a laptop and using an HDMI cable to connect the laptop to the back of the television. Once your loved one’s television is connected to the laptop, simply change the television’s input selection until it reaches the correct channel.

2. Easy-to-Use Interface

While there are many ways to set up Netflix on your loved one’s television, once set up, the interface is easy for seniors to use. Netflix uses large video thumbnails and a smooth sliding list, making the selection process easy to navigate for seniors with vision or fine motor challenges. With Netflix, you can set your loved one up in a comfy chair with the laptop nearby and he or she can browse, select, and play television shows and movies with ease.

3. Access to Classic Programming

Many programs that were favorites in the past have regained popularity in American households because of their availability on Netflix. Shows like “The Andy Griffith Show” or “The Rockford Files” and movies such as “Breakfast at Tiffany’s” and “The Great Escape” are among the hundreds of classic titles offered. With thousands of modern titles and new releases available, seniors have the option of catching up on shows that they loved in their prime, or watching films that captured their hearts as children and young adults. For seniors with memory challenges, watching these old shows also provides a way to get them cognitively engaged and potentially recalling old memories.

4. The “My List” Feature

Being able to create a playlist is an excellent way to eliminate the trouble of searching for programming when your loved one decides to sit down and relax. Channel flipping and DVR programming is yesterday’s burden. With the My List feature, your loved one can compile movies and shows he or she wishes to see, so that when he or she is ready, those programs are just a click away. Netflix also keeps your loved one’s place if he or she wants to pause or stop watching, and resumes when your loved one clicks play.

If your elderly loved one is alone at home as a result of physical or mental challenges, he or she may benefit from having a video streaming service like Netflix available. With a huge number of programs at your loved one’s fingertips, he or she can have a way to stay entertained and mentally engaged. If you’re looking for ways to encourage cognitive engagement, a professional 24/7 caregiver in Warren can also help. At Home Care Assistance, our experienced caregivers are trained in revolutionary cognitive approaches that can help promote mental acuity and vitality. To learn more about our propriety care methods, reach out to a Care Manager at 908-450-9400 and schedule a free consultation today.