You can’t always be there. But we can.
Spending an evening watching a movie can be an excellent way for caregivers and their elder relatives to relax together. Movies are fun, engage the brain, and offer a way to forget about things that may be worrying you, like health or financial issues. Plus, watching movies at home is relatively inexpensive and can be enjoyed by seniors even if physical disabilities make it difficult to go to theaters.
However, it can be hard to find movies that both caregivers and their elderly relatives will enjoy. One thing that can help make a movie more enjoyable for an elder is to see people of their generation represented on the screen. Plus, caregivers can enjoy the movie because the years of experience older actors bring to the screen makes them a joy to watch.
Below are 4 suggestions for movies featuring older adult actors that caregivers and their elders can enjoy together.
Best Exotic Marigold Hotel
This 2011 film stars the amazing talents of Judi Dench, Maggie Smith, Bill Nighy, and Tom Wilkinson. It’s about a group of senior citizens who move to India to live in a hotel. They believe the hotel has been through extensive restorations and will be a luxurious way to live out their retirement years. When they arrive, they discover the hotel isn’t exactly as advertised. However, life in India isn’t without its charms and, despite its shortcomings, living in the hotel proves to be life-changing.
Released in 2003, Calendar Girls stars an ensemble cast of senior actresses including Helen Mirren and Julie Walters. When the husband of one of the members of a Women’s Institute chapter is stricken with cancer, the ladies decide to change up their usual activities to include a fundraiser for the hospital that treated him. When they decide to produce a risqué calendar featuring themselves, the results are both life-affirming and hilarious.
Florence Foster Jenkins
Florence Foster Jenkins, a 2016 film, stars winner of multiple Oscar awards, Meryl Streep. It is based on a true story. Streep plays a wealthy woman who wants to be an opera singer. The problem is that she cannot sing. Yet, her loving husband, played by Hugh Grant, goes to extraordinary lengths to make sure she never knows just how bad she is. A concert date for Carnegie Hall proves to be quite the challenge for the poor, sweet man.
Book Club is a 2018 film that stars actresses Jane Fonda, Diane Keaton, Candice Bergen, and Mary Steenburgen. The women play lifelong friends who are all stuck in a rut of one kind or another. When their book club decides to read 50 Shades of Grey, a popular work of erotic fiction, the women are inspired to make some interesting, often comedic, choices.