Being able to sit back and enjoy a good movie is a treat for anyone.   A quality film can lift our mood and spark the imagination.  Seniors, like everyone else, want to be entertained on occasion and films provide a perfect vehicle for entertainment.   Regardless of any physical limitations, the imagery, music and dialog of a good movie is welcomed by one and all.    

Just because someone is a senior citizen doesn't mean that they can only identify with characters in their age group either.   While films with older actors are not to be discounted, an interesting character, whether 10 or 80, can be a joy to watch.    Also, keep in mind that the elderly are not as innocent as we are led to believe.  Everyone was a teenager at one time with many of the same rebellious habits, language and actions of those today.    

If you're considering films for a senior, find out what they enjoy, because you may be surprised.  Romance, action and even horror films can delight at any age.  PG or R rated, may not make a difference to a senior, so ask!

Here are some tips if you are looking at films for a senior;

-- If someone is suffering from Alzheimer's or dementia, they may becomes agitated or frightened easily. Look at low-key films and remember that even what looks cute to us, could be scary to someone with dementia. In these situations, play movies early in the day, or when the person is at their best, to help prevent night-terrors.
-- Elderly people enjoy more than just older films, so mix it up and introduce them to newer films too.
-- If a person is battling issues sadness and depression, avoid only showing dramatic films with sad endings, or a negative focus on aging.
-- Most importantly, talk to them and find out about their interests or past films they enjoyed to help select something new


The following is a just part of a list of films compiled by groups of seniors nationwide.   You may find some of them surprising and if you haven't seen them, put them on your list!

If someone is suffering from Alzheimer's or dementia, they may becomes agitated or frightened easily. Look at low-key films and remember that even what looks cute to us, could be scary to someone with dementia. In these situations, play movies early in the day, or when the person is at their best, to help prevent night-terrors.

Elderly people enjoy more than just older films, so mix it up and introduce them to newer films too.

If a person is battling issues sadness and depression, avoid only showing dramatic films with sad endings, or a negative focus on aging.

Most importantly, talk to them and find out about their interests or past films they enjoyed to help select something new


The following is a just part of a list of films compiled by groups of seniors nationwide.   You may find some of them surprising and if you haven't seen them, put them on your list! 

Calendar Girls (2003-Comedy/Drama) - A Women's Institute chapter's fundraising effort for a local hospital by posing nude for a calendar becomes a media sensation.

On Golden Pond (1982-Drama) - The loons are back again on Golden Pond and so are Norman Thayer, a retired professor, and Ethel who have had a summer cottage there since early in their marriage.

Auntie Mame (1958/ Comedy) - An orphan goes to live with his free-spirited aunt. Conflict ensues when the executor of his father's estate objects to the aunt's lifestyle.

Moonstuck (1987/Comedy) - Loretta Castorini, a book keeper from Brooklyn, New York, finds herself in a difficult situation when she falls for the brother of the man she agreed to marry (the best friend of her late husband who died seven years previously)

The Godfather ( 1972 / Drama) - The aging patriarch of an organized crime dynasty transfers control of his clandestine empire to his reluctant son.

Jaws (1975 / Drama) - When a gigantic great white shark begins to menace the small island community of Amity, a police chief, a marine scientist and grizzled fisherman set out to stop it.

The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel  (2011 / Comedy) - British retirees travel to India to take up residence in what they believe is a newly restored hotel. Less luxurious than its advertisements, the Marigold Hotel nevertheless slowly begins to charm in unexpected ways.

Something's Gotta Give (2003-Comedy) - A swinger on the cusp of being a senior citizen with a taste for young women falls in love with an accomplished woman closer to his age.

Gran Torino (2009-Drama) - Disgruntled Korean War vet Walt Kowalski sets out to reform his neighbor, a young Hmong teenager, who tried to steal Kowalski's prized possession: his 1972 Gran Torino.

Waking Ned Devine (1998-Comedy) - When a lottery winner dies of shock, his fellow townsfolk attempt to claim the money.

WItness For The Prosecution (1957 / Drama) - Leonard Vole is arrested on suspicion of murdering an elderly acquaintance. He employs an experienced but aging barrister as his defense attorney.

The Blue Brothers (1980 / Comedy) - Jake Blues, just out from prison, puts together his old band to save the Catholic home where he and brother Elwood were raised. Filled with lively soul music and surprise guest stars throughout.

Raiders Of The Lost Ark (1981/ Action) - Archeologist and adventurer Indiana Jones is hired by the US government to find the Ark of the Covenant before the Nazis.

LA Confidential  (1987 / Drama) - As corruption grows in 1950s LA, three policemen - one strait-laced, one brutal, and one sleazy - investigate a series of murders with their own brand of justice.

UP  (2009 / Comedy) - By tying thousands of balloons to his home, 78-year-old Carl sets out to fulfill his lifelong dream to see the wilds of South America. Russell, a wilderness explorer 70 years younger, inadvertently becomes a stowaway.

Steel Magnolias  (1989/ Comedy/Drama) The story of a group of southern women who support each other in their daily trials and tribulations. It focuses mainly on the character of Shelby, who is a that endangers her own life by choosing to have a baby. 

O Brother Where Art Thou? (2000 / Comedy) - This charming and unique telling of Homer's "The Odyssey" has comedy, drama, adventure and a terrific soundtrack for those who like gospel and bluegrass.

 

 

 




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