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Movies to Watch with Your Elderly Loved One During the Holidays

Watching holiday movies is a tradition in many households this time of year and can be enjoyed by people of any age. If you are looking for something your senior loved one will enjoy watching with the rest of the family, Lancaster home care experts suggest these movies to include in your holiday festivities this year. 

Home Alone (and Home Alone 2)

These comedies are sure to inspire an evening of uproarious laughter with their holiday humor. When 8-year-old Kevin finds himself accidentally left at home while his family heads to Paris for Christmas, he initially thinks it’s the best thing in the world. He soon learns two bumbling thieves are out to burglarize his house, but they won’t succeed unless they can get past Kevin’s resourceful booby traps. The movies are great for seniors because the humor is family-friendly and based on good, clean fun, and studies are showing laughing is great at any age, but especially for senior health.

It’s a Wonderful Life

This 1946 movie is likely already one of your loved one’s Christmas favorites. It focuses on George Bailey, a man facing bankruptcy who wishes he had never been born. Luckily, George’s guardian angel helps him see all the lives he’s touched through his kind, caring deeds and helps remind him and his family what Christmas is all about. This movie is sure to warm the heart of anyone who’s ever felt life simply isn’t going their way and help remind viewers that even when all seems lost, things can turn around. Seniors will enjoy the heartwarming and persevering message of this Christmas classic. 

The Holiday

If your loved one enjoys romantic comedies, try this heartfelt but unique Christmas movie about two women who participate in a house swap to escape their man problems over the holidays. The movie features a beautiful subplot focused on one of the women bonding with her 90-year-old neighbor, who helps the woman regain her self-esteem. Full of romance, comedy, and feel-good emotions, this movie is great for seniors who want a little bit of sweet romance mixed with their Christmas spirit. The ability of both women to move on, pull themselves up by their bootstraps, and find better lives for themselves can be appreciated by those of all ages. 

The Polar Express

A newer Christmas classic, this animated film may completely change the way you and your loved ones think about animation. Featuring the amazing abilities of Tom Hanks and state-of-the-art animation, this movie is about a boy who is starting to doubt the existence of Santa Claus. On Christmas Eve, he takes a special trip on a train to the North Pole, where he is chosen by Santa to receive the first gift of Christmas. The boy chooses a bell from Santa’s sleigh, which he is told will ring for anyone who truly believes. Along the way, he meets a young girl who shows him the true spirit of Christmas and a young boy who needs a magical Christmas this year most of all. The beautiful animation and focus on Christmas morals will delight seniors and their grandchildren alike.

Getting the family together for fun holiday activities like watching movies can help ward off feelings of isolation and loneliness your loved one may be experiencing during this time of year. If your loved one could use a part-time or live-in companion to help with emotional support and tasks around the house, consider a professional caregiver from Home Care Assistance. We also provide a wide variety of specialized care services for seniors who require more comprehensive care. For more information on Parkinson’s, stroke, and dementia home care Lancaster families trust, call one of our friendly Care Managers at (717) 540-4663 to schedule a complimentary consultation.