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A study from the University of California published in the American Journal of Preventative Medicine found that seniors watch more television than any other age group- about 3 times more to be exact. While that news isn’t too hard to believe considering the extra time seniors have in retirement to do with what they please and increased physical impairments; what came as a surprise to researchers was that adults over 65 actually enjoy TV less than younger people.
Seniors devote 25% of their day to TV watching but report getting little satisfaction from it.
And to make matters worse, too much television watching takes a toll on seniors’ physical health as well. It is common knowledge that sedentary lifestyle puts you at a greater risk for a variety of health problems from obesity and type 2 diabetes to heart disease and dementia. Experts have even called excessive television viewing a “public health problem” and compared the dangers of watching too much TV to those of smoking or being overweight.
The average American spends 4 hours and 30 minutes on average each day watching television.
So why do seniors spend so much time watching television if they don’t get satisfaction from it and it negatively affects their health? Well, it is not related to stress relief either. Researcher claim that while younger adults use television to relax them, those stress relieving benefits decrease with age.
Seniors have spoken! There are many TV alternatives that seniors would rather enjoy and that would improve their overall well-being. Seniors want to spend their leisure time away from the television, and interacting with others.
Volusia County, let’s get our seniors out and active!
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