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5 Christmas Movies Seniors Can Watch with Their Families

By Ted Holmgren, 9:00 am on

Christmastime is the perfect opportunity for aging adults to bond with their families, and watching movies is a simple and entertaining way to spend some quality time together. Chandler in-home care professionals have put together a list of the top 5 Christmas movies seniors and their families can enjoy watching together.

1. Elf (2003)

This film was written with all ages in mind, as witnessed by the different levels of humor. Elf is not only a good Christmas story, but it is also full of multilevel humor and has a moral to boot. Grandparents and grandkids can watch it together and share both life lessons and laughs.

2. A Christmas Carol (1951)

Black and white Christmas movies are especially good to watch with seniors because they can bring back memories of good times past. This classic film reminds everyone of what really should matter at Christmastime (and the rest of the year): life is precious. 

3. It’s a Wonderful Life (1946)

Though this film might seem like just a nostalgic blast from the past, the overall message of the movie remains relevant to the world of today. This motion picture can remind seniors and their families about the true meaning of Christmas and the word “family.”

4. Miracle on 34th Street (1947)

This miraculous movie focuses on the spirit of the holidays. Critics and fans alike generally agree this seasonal film brings both imagination and magic to the soul. It’s the perfect picture to watch with kids, but it is mature enough for older adults to appreciate as well. 

5. A Christmas Story (1983)

This is a classic family-friendly movie set in the past, and most critics find a place for it on their top Christmas movie list for good reason. Everyone can relate to the universal concept of wanting and then getting his or her most desired Christmas gift, and seniors are likely to relate to the craziness of Christmas shopping and the challenge of making the most of less-than-perfect holiday situations.

Watching movies together with the family is just one of many ways to boost your senior loved one’s emotional wellbeing this Christmas. Another way is to hire a professional caregiver to provide social stimulation on the days when you and the rest of the family won’t be around. At Home Care Assistance, our compassionate caregivers make wonderful companions, and we also specialize in Parkinson’s, stroke, and dementia care Chandler seniors can rely on. For more information on our in-home care services, call one of our friendly Care Managers at 480.448.6215 today.