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4 Family Movies to Watch with a Senior This Christmas

All age groups can enjoy movies, which is what makes them a great entertainment option for the entire family. Rent a classic movie this Christmas and spend an entertaining and cheerful time watching it with your loved one at home. Summit at-home care experts recommend these classic films your loved one might enjoy watching.

1. It’s a Wonderful Life

This is the quintessential feel-good holiday classic. Jimmy Stewart leads as George Bailey in this unforgettable Christmas film from 1946. No one can forget Clarence the angel or Zuzu’s petals. Seniors are likely to enjoy this classic because it may remind them of their youth. The songs and the fictional small town of Bedford Falls may take seniors on a sentimental journey down memory lane. Even though many might have seen the scene where the bell rings and Clarence gets his wings many times, this classic is still worth seeing over and over again.

2. Miracle on 34th Street

This movie features a young Natalie Wood, who plays Susan Walker. Susan’s mom teaches her to not believe in Santa Claus or fairy tales, but Kris Kringle, posing as the Macy’s Santa Claus, leaves Susan and the entire city wondering. You cannot help but root for Kris as he is railroaded into court to avoid being committed to a mental hospital. Made in 1947, this is an annual holiday favorite film. The fashion, cars, telephones, and other props shown in the film are likely to remind seniors of the times they grew up in.

3. Holiday Inn

Bing Crosby and Fred Astaire lead in this musical film that runs through all the major holidays right up to Christmas. This is the film that made the song “White Christmas” famous. Made in 1942, Holiday Inn was under production when Pearl Harbor was attacked. The songs and dances in this musical may inspire nostalgia in your loved one because many seniors are familiar with Bing Crosby’s voice and Fred Astaire’s fancy footwork. This enjoyable film can jog your loved one’s memory and take him or her on a trip down memory lane this Christmas.

4. A Christmas Carol

The 1938 version of A Christmas Carol starring Reginald Owen is a classic. While there are many film versions of Charles Dickens’s classic book, this one stands out. Even though the film was released in 1938, the special effects are impressive.

If you want to watch a modern version of the film, consider the one starring Patrick Stewart made in 1999 or the 2009 animated version with Jim Carrey as Scrooge. With so many movie versions of this classic Christmas story, you are likely to find one that will appeal to your loved one. Also, do not forget the film adaptation where Henry Winkler plays a version of Scrooge in An American Christmas Carol. This Charles Dickens classic is so embedded in our culture that it is likely to be familiar and enjoyable for all seniors.

Watching a movie with family is not just a relaxing activity. It is also a great way to connect with each other. If you need help supporting your loved one emotionally and physically, reach out to Home Care Assistance, a trusted name in home care. Our caregivers can provide emotional support to your loved one in addition to helping him or her with daily activities around the house. We also specialize in comprehensive Alzheimer’s, dementia, stroke, and Parkinson’s care Summit seniors and their families can trust. Call 908.450.9400 to learn more about our services and schedule a free consultation.