5 Classic Christmas Movies for Seniors & Their Families

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Top 5 Classic Holiday Movies for Seniors & Their Families

By Ted Holmgren, 9:00 am on December 5, 2016

This Christmas, seniors should gather around the fireplace, sip some hot chocolate, and cozy up with their families to enjoy a warm gathering and watch some timeless Christmas movies. Scottsdale elderly care professionals recommend a few cinematic choices that are especially enjoyable for seniors to see with their families during the holidays.

1. It’s a Wonderful Life

Set in 1940s America and offering messages of hope and perseverance, the movie follows George Bailey on his quest to discover what his life truly means to others. The movie’s nostalgia from a simpler era is appealing to many seniors.

2. Miracle on 34th Street

Released in 1947, this Academy Award-winning film focuses on the Santa Claus at a department store who claims to be the real Santa. This film has been a holiday favorite for decades, and seniors will enjoy re-watching a story they likely remember from their younger years.

3. Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer

This heartwarming feel-good movie from the 1960s is animated but appeals to viewers of all ages. Seniors will appreciate the timeless messages of friendship and bravery along with the movie’s wholesome tone.

4. White Christmas

White Christmas features songs by Irving Berlin and acting by favorites like Bing Crosby, Danny Kaye, and Rosemary Clooney. Crosby also sings in this 1954 musical romantic comedy. Seniors will enjoy a walk down memory lane while seeing actors they grew up loving and hearing the musical style from their younger years.

5. A Christmas Carol

The 1840s book A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens has been made into a movie several times, including in 1938 and 1951. The film presents the same story as the book, with the miser Ebenezer Scrooge learning what really matters in life. The familiar story is bound to remind seniors of hearing the message from the book during childhood, which can still be applied to their current lives.

If your family is unable to spend time with your senior loved one during the holidays, make sure he or she has support to remain happy and healthy at home. At Home Care Assistance, our caregivers are trained to provide services that can help boost a senior’s overall wellbeing, including social stimulation, transportation, and assistance with daily tasks like cooking, cleaning, and exercise. In addition to respite and live-in care, we also offer comprehensive Parkinson’s, post-stroke, and dementia home care Scottsdale seniors can count on. For more information and to schedule a free consultation with a friendly Care Manager, call 480.448.6215 today.