4 Movies for Seniors to Watch on Thanksgiving Weekend

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4 Movies to Watch with Your Senior Loved One on Thanksgiving Weekend

By Lesa Hardiman, 9:00 am on

Grand Rapids elderly care does not only involve helping with your elderly loved one’s daily tasks. There should be time for him or her to enjoy life, and this becomes even more important with the holiday season on its way. Movies are not only great entertainment, but they can allow you and your loved one to spend time together doing something you both love. On Thanksgiving weekend, as well as the days before the holiday, be sure to watch some of the top films pertaining to the holiday with your loved one. 

1. Planes, Trains, and Automobiles 

Many seniors enjoy family dinners, especially Thanksgiving dinner. This is a time your loved one can watch family videos, go through photo albums, and share stories or recipes that can be passed down from generation to generation. Being alone on Thanksgiving could cause your loved one to feel lonely and depressed, which is the theme of Planes, Trains, and Automobiles. This film shows how desperate an advertising executive is to get home in time for Thanksgiving dinner and how a complete stranger (a shower curtain salesman) helps him achieve this after a three-day adventure. The ad executive realizes the salesman is alone for the holiday and invites him to dinner so he will not have to be alone. 

2. The Mouse on the Mayflower 

This Thanksgiving classic is one you may enjoy watching with your loved one during the holiday. It is not only entertaining, but it offers a lot of history pertaining to Thanksgiving. Your loved one can stimulate his or her brain activity by remembering certain aspects of history while enjoying the time spent with you and other family members. 

3. A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving 

Thanksgiving is not the same without this classic gem. Watching A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving is a great way for your loved one to spend time with his or her grandchildren. With more seniors living in the same households as their children and grandchildren, it is important to establish a deep bond between grandchild and grandparent. Nurturing this bond is crucial because it helps kids connect with seniors and it brings them closer to create long-lasting memories.

4. Miracle on 34th Street 

Even though this film has a Christmas theme, it actually opens with the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade, which is one of the most watched parades of the year. The film takes place between Thanksgiving and Christmas, two of the most popular holidays. The holidays are important to many seniors because they can:

• Spend time with family members and friends 

• Create memories and times to remember 

• Get in touch with their spiritual beliefs 

• Volunteer for worthy causes 

• Remember how blessed they truly are

Whatever your loved one’s preference, there is sure to be something on this list he or she will enjoy over the Thanksgiving holiday. If you’re concerned your loved one isn’t getting enough activity or companionship during the holiday season, reach out to Home Care Assistance. Our caregivers can assist around the house, transport your loved one to personal events, and provide company whenever it is needed. We also offer specialized Alzheimer’s, dementia, Parkinson’s, and post-stroke care in Grand Rapids. If you would like to learn more about our senior care services, call a Care Manager at 616-243-0835 to schedule a no-obligation consultation.