Chill Out with a Good Binge or Book

Throughout many regions of the United States and Canada, a heatwave is expected over the next several days.  Older adults are more vulnerable to heat stress and can more easily become dehydrated.  Plan any outdoor activities in the early morning or evening rather than in the heat of the day, drink plenty of water and why not use the rising mercury as an excuse to catch up on indoor tasks, a good book or maybe a Netflix binge?  Here’s what we’re watching and reading at the Oldish:h

  • Grace and Frankie – If you haven’t watched this series, stop everything and start now
  • Tidying Up with Marie Kondo – inspiration for purging and decluttering.
  • The Great British Baking Show – amateur bakers face-off in a 10-week competition
  • The Romanoffs – an intriguing series of stories about people who believe themselves to be descendants of the Russian royal family, by the producer of Mad Men
  • Weed the People – A documentary from producers Ricki Lake and Abby Epstein focused on the benefits of medical cannabis and featuring Mara Gordon who has been a guest on The Oldish TV.
  • My Next Guest Needs No Introduction – Interviews with David Letterman
  • Stay Here – A designer and a real estate expert show viewers how to find, develop and market homes in this age of homestay vacation rentals
  • Mad Men – If you haven’t watched this series be warned, it’s addictive!
  • Our Planet: Season 1 – a beautifully filmed documentary series that calls viewers to action
  • The World’s Most Extraordinary Homes – explores the world’s most beautiful and unconventional homes
  • Bloodline – talk about a dysfunctional family!
  • Peaky Blinders – a post-WWI crime drama set in Birmingham, England

Remember it’s important to get up and move around between episodes if you are indulging in some binge-watching this weekend.  And take a break from screens an hour before bedtime with a good book. Try creating a community book club through Facebook to get to know your neighbors better. Here’ s some picks for summer reading:

  • Next Year in Havana – Chanel Cleeton – transports the reader back to Havana 1958 with all its beauty and political turmoil.
  • The Reckoning – John Grisham – what’s summer without a classic thriller?
  • Calypso – David Sedaris – a personal story of death and family with a dark sense of humor.
  • The Body Keeps the Score – Bessel van der Kolk M.D. – trauma and stress can reshape the brain and body; learn about the pathways to recovery.
  • City of Girls – Elizabeth Gilbert – a juicy look at glamour, sex and adventure through the eyes of a New York showgirl in the 1940’s. It’s spicy in places but the author, of ‘Eat, Pray, Love’ fame, crafts a fascinating story.
  • Summer of ’69 – Elin Hilderbrand – a historical novel that revisits the summer that changed everything.  
  • 101 Essays That Will Change the Way You Think – Brianna Wiest – a good book for those who enjoy thought-provoking ideas.

Stay cool, drink lots of water and check in on elderly friends and family over the next few days.