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What to Watch: Documentaries

What to Watch
Documentary stories are a great way to learn about the world and its people. They can also help you understand how others see the world and how their lives have been impacted by other people and events.

Documentary stories can help seniors gain new knowledge about everything from politics to science, from history to art, and from culture to philosophy. They can help them understand what motivates others, what makes them happy or sad, and what makes them think or feel.

They can teach seniors about the past and present so that they feel better informed and more confident about the future.

Documentary stories can also be used as a tool for self-discovery since watching someone else’s life unfold on screen provides an opportunity to reflect on one’s own life experiences and values in a nonjudgmental way.

Here are some of the good documentaries to watch:

  • California Typewriter (2016)

    A documentary film on the mythology of the typewriter, featuring various obsessives who celebrate its physicality and its ability to summon creativity. A documentary also covers the struggles of one of America’s last remaining typewriter repair shops dedicated to keeping aging machines working. It’s rated 7+ and is available on Amazon Prime.

  • A Brave Heart: The Lizzie Velasquez Story (2015)

    She is an author and motivational speaker with a rare congenital disease called Marfanoid-progeroid-lipodystrophy syndrome. She cannot gain body fat or weight due to her condition. There is a lot of inspiration in this documentary, but there are also some quite intense moments. In her teenage years, she faced cyberbullying, which inspired her to become a motivational speaker. It’s rated PG-13 and is available on Amazon Prime.

  • The Hidden Lives of Pets (2022)

    This documentary series focuses on pets’ hidden skills and abilities. It’s rated 13+ and available on Netflix.

  • The Mind, Explained (2021)

    Are you curious about what’s happening inside your head? Learn how your brain works by watching this illuminating series about dreams and anxiety disorders. It’s rated 18+ and available on Netflix.

Watching documentaries is not only educational but also therapeutic! Watching documentaries allows you to escape into another world where you can experience all kinds of emotions without any negative consequences such as stress or depression.

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