There are many ways to maintain a connection with the elderly. If your Grandma now needs assistance from an in-home care service, watching the movies below is a great way to spend time with your grandparent. A lot of the movies listed below have great themes and lessons that may lead to opportunities for a good conversation after watching.
Movie #1: Fried Green Tomatoes.
This movie centers around a woman, Evelyn, who is unhappy with her marriage and her life. She meets Mrs. Threadgoode in a nursing home while visiting relatives. The two become friends and the movie progresses as the older woman tells Evelyn the story of people that she knew beginning in the 1920’s. The story takes place in Alabama with Idgie as the central character and as Evelyn learns of Idgie’s strength throughout her life, Evelyn learns a few lessons along the way that help her to find her own happiness as well as a deep friendship with Ninny.
Movie #2: Driving Miss Daisy
Driving Miss Daisy is about an old Jewish woman and is set in Atlanta, Georgia. Since she isn’t able to drive any longer, her son Boolie hires a driver for her named Hoke. This movie is set in the 1950s and Miss Daisy is very set in her ways and insists that she doesn’t need a driver. In fact, she initially won’t let Hoke drive her at all, but Hoke’s gentle ways and subtle insistence eventually convince her to allow him to drive her. The movie spans over 20 years and demonstrates how friendship can develop from even the most unlikely of pairings.
Movie #3: On Golden Pond
On Golden Pond is about a retired couple, Norman and Ethel Thayer. Their daughter, Chelsea, decides to visit them at their summer cottage because it’s her dad’s birthday. Chelsea and Norman have a very difficult and challenging relationship. Chelsea and her fiancé are headed to Europe and plan to leave his son with Chelsea’s parents for a couple of weeks. When Chelsea comes back, she is surprised at her reaction when she observes her dad and her stepson. Chelsea eventually confronts Norman. This is a great movie about the challenges and fragilities of the father-daughter relationship.
Movie #4: Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory
This is a movie for the young and the young at heart. Willy Wonka is an eccentric candy maker and hides five Golden tickets in his “Wonka Bars.” Whomever finds the golden tickets will get a tour of the factory and chocolates for life. Charlie Bucket is one of the winner’s and chooses his Grandpa Joe to go with him on the tour. The tour is a magical and strange adventure and not all of the winners make it to the end of the tour.
Movie #5: Grumpy Old Men
This is a movie that is exactly what the title states. John and Max are two grumpy old men who are neighbors. For over 50 years, they’ve fought and hurled insults until one day a beautiful woman moves into the neighborhood. This increases their feud and the laughs.
The bottom line is that if you’re trying to find something to do with your Grandma, any of these movies would be a good choice. Whether your grandparent is able to care for themselves or has a good in home care service, the most important thing to remember is that watching movies together is a great way to stay connected.