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The relationship between elderly health and watching TV

In recent decades, studies on television and health have found that excessive television viewing is detrimental to human physical and mental health. This is especially important for children and the elderly because These two groups of people can suffer the most from watching too much TV. The most dangerous aspect of watching too much TV comes from what your body does while watching TV, and that is sitting. Excessive sitting causes cardiovascular disease, decreased metabolism and consequently obesity and its consequence type 2 diabetes.

What the body does after each meal is the secretion of enzymes needed to break down fat and digest food, which circulates through the bloodstream to supply the muscles when physical activity is reduced and the body is in the sitting position for a long time it slows down blood flow and reduces enzyme secretion, resulting in increased cardiovascular disease such as stroke or heart attack. In addition, lack of activity can lead to bone health, type 2 diabetes and obesity. Even watching too much television can be directly linked to dementia in the elderly.

Sometimes the elderly resort to watching television to escape disturbing thoughts and to silence their mental conversations, and this causes them to be isolated and away from the public, which in turn causes depression, grief and sorrow. To prevent this, work as much as possible to make them feel needed and the family needs them.

It is interesting to know that older people watch TV more than younger people but enjoy it less than younger people.

The best way to reduce TV viewing in the elderly is to increase their life motivation in a variety of ways, including encouraging them to participate in peer groups and communities, to participate in sports classes, especially yoga. and increase visiting them in order to make them feel enjoy by being with family.