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10 Great Movies for Senior Citizens

May 3, 2018

Not only are movies a fun source of entertainment, they are actually good for our health, too. Movies allow seniors to relax as they are taken on a temporary journey, experiencing happiness and other emotions along the way. For people with Alzheimer’s, favorite movies can trigger fond memories which can boost spirits. Now that movies from all eras are easily accessible to rent or download, you and your loved one can sit down and watch an “oldie, but goodie” any time. Here’s a list of what we believe are some of the best movies for senior citizens. 

1. On Golden Pond (1981)
This heartwarming drama about family relationships and aging provides many moments that all senior adults can relate to. Plus, the cast is unbeatable with Henry Fonda, Katharine Hepburn, and Jane Fonda.  

2. Walk the Line (2005)
If your loved one is a Johnny Cash fan or enjoys music, this is a great choice. This biographical drama follows the early years of this music legend and his rise to fame. 

3. All the President’s Men (1976)
This classic film reconstructs how journalists, Bob Woodward and Carl Bernstein, unraveled the infamous Watergate affair. Its wonderful mix of drama, mystery, and suspense makes it a good movie that is sure to keep older adults engaged and excited.

4. The Help (2011)
Set in Mississippi in the 60s, this movie explores the complex relationships African American maids had with their employers and the children they helped raise. Seniors will enjoy this drama, as it’s peppered with numerous funny moments.   

5. Singing in the Rain (1952)
Musicals are especially popular with seniors who enjoy reminiscing in the memorable tunes. This time-honored film, featuring Gene Kelly and Debbie Reynolds, details the movie industry’s difficult transition from silent pictures to sound.  

6. Lincoln (2012)
This drama focuses on one of America’s most beloved presidents during his tumultuous final months in office. It’s perfect for seniors who appreciate history and war movies.

7. Grumpy Old Men (1993) 
There’s nothing like a little humor to brighten your loved one’s day. This funny movie, starring comedic actors Jack Lemmon and Walter Matthau, is about lifelong feuding neighbors. If you enjoy this first movie, don’t forget to watch the sequel: Grumpier Old Men.

8. The Bucket List (2007)  
You and your loved one will share many laughs watching this comedy. Actors Morgan Freeman & Jack Nicholson play cancer patients who head off on a road trip with a wish list of to-dos before they die.

9. Driving Miss Daisy (1989)  
Set during the late 40s in Georgia, this senior favorite is about a stubborn old Jewish woman and her African-American chauffeur. It’s both heartwarming and funny at the same time.

10. The Wizard of Oz (1939)
Movies don’t get to be much more classic than The Wizard of Oz. You and your parent can probably recall the first time you watched this legendary film. Plus, it transcends all ages, making it one of the best movies for older adults to enjoy with their grandkids or great-grandkids, too!

Next time you spend an evening together with your senior parent, relax and enjoy a movie. Movie nights are very popular for Enlivant residents. If you or your loved one has a film they’d like to recommend, we’d love to hear it. Just write it in the comments box below. 

Sources
Alzheimers.net

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