We often talk about the need for caregivers to take a break from the demands of caregiving. One simple way to do so? Watch a movie. And while heading to your local cineplex is one way to escape, you can also relax and recharge while watching a movie at home in the company of your loved ones. Read on for a list of five movies which are likely to delight caregivers, their kids, and aging loved ones alike.
Who doesn’t love the story of plucky orphan Annie who overcomes obstacles -- and that awful Miss Hannigan -- to win over the heart of business tycoon Oliver Warbucks? Choose from the 1982 version set in the 1930's or 2014’s modern-day remake featuring the adorable Quvenzhané Wallis -- both of which feature plenty of musical numbers guaranteed to get toes tapping and hearts stirring.
2. The Karate Kid
Young Daniel LaRusso takes on bullies and triumphs with the help of karate master-turned-repairman Mr. Miyagi in this now-classic 1984 martial arts film. Kids will enjoy waxing on and waxing off alongside Daniel while seniors will appreciate the film’s celebration of the wisdom of elders.
3. Finding Nemo
While there are plenty of wonderful family-friendly Disney and Pixar films to choose from, our hearts keep coming back to this underwater, father-son-friend adventure featuring clown fish Marlin and the forgetful and fantastically funny Dory on their adventure to find, well, Nemo. Equally wonderful animated films for multi-generational viewing? Toy Story, Peter Pan, Frozen, The Incredibles, Monsters, Inc., and countless others.
4. The Wizard of Oz
While kids may initially resist watching an “old” movie, they’ll soon get whisked away by the tale of Dorothy and Toto on their journey through the magical land of Oz. Meanwhile, seniors will enjoy sharing this beloved flick from their own childhood with the next generation.
This endearing, imaginative Australian film tells the story of Babe, a pig on a quest to transcend his ominous barnyard destiny by becoming -- of all things -- a sheep pig. According to Roger Ebert, this 1995 movie, “knows things, and teaches lessons. And it is so well made that adults will find it entertaining, too - maybe more than some kids, because they'll see the invention that went into it.”
The best part? When you’ve worked your way through these five movies, there are plenty of other films which offer equal appeal for both the young and young at heart.
Watching movies together isn’t just a way to pass the time, it’s also a great way for children and seniors to connect.
In addition to these five movies, countless others are out there just waiting to be discovered and enjoyed by all.
About Marissa Salvesen
My journey into the world of senior living began when I started working for United Methodist Homes in 2010. Starting as an Activities Director at one of our-winning assisted and independent living communities and then transitioning to Marketing and Promotions Manager for UMH, I now work as the Manager of Mission Development, fostering the Mission and Values of our organization. I love sharing stories about the many ways we build meaningful relationships and enrich the lives of those we serve, and am proud to be part of building UMH’s 140-year legacy of caring. Wondering what makes our communities such special places to live and work? Connect with me and find out!
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