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Top 4 Thanksgiving-Themed Movies to Watch with Your Senior Loved One

By Nick Paciello, 9:00 am on

Watching heartwarming movies together can be a wonderful way for families to bond this holiday season. Home Care Assistance, a leading provider of in-home care Henderson families trust, suggest some of the best Thanksgiving-related films you can enjoy with your senior loved one.

1. Miracle on 34th Street

While this 1947 classic starring Maureen O’Hara and a young Natalie Wood is considered a quintessential Christmas movie, it begins during the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day parade and a significant plot point involves neighbor Fred Gailey finagling a Thanksgiving dinner invite out of young Susan so he can get close to her mother. Your loved one may enjoy this movie due to the classic actors and heartwarming message, and it is wholesome enough for the whole family.

2. Planes, Trains, and Automobiles

This 1987 movie featuring Steve Martin and John Candy tells the story of two very different men trying to travel during Thanksgiving. Candy’s Del Griffith, a bumbling traveling salesman, stymies Martin’s straight-laced character, Neal Page, at every turn as he attempts to get home to his family. This is a great film for seniors to enjoy with their families because of the many hilarious, slapstick scenes and the more serious, poignant moments.

3. Hannah and Her Sisters

Thanksgiving surrounds the action in this 1986 Woody Allen movie. The film begins during Thanksgiving and introduces Hannah’s (Mia Farrow) extended, neurotic family and then checks in on them a year later at another Thanksgiving dinner. Fans of Allen will love the witty writing and complicated themes, and seniors will appreciate watching it with their adult children.

4. Home for the Holidays

Jodie Foster directed Holly Hunter in this 1995 film about a single mom visiting her family for Thanksgiving. Robert Downey Jr. also stars as her black sheep brother and many wacky capers ensue, as well as touching, heartbreaking moments people of all ages can relate to. This is another film you and your loved one can delight in watching together as you revisit past Thanksgivings gone wrong and maybe even have a good laugh.

During the busy holiday season, don’t forget to keep your loved one’s individual care needs in mind. If he or she needs high-quality care any time of the year, Home Care Assistance can help. Our compassionate caregivers not only make wonderful companions, but they can also assist your loved one with a wide variety of daily tasks such as cooking, cleaning, exercise, and bathing. We also offer Alzheimer’s, dementia, stroke, and Parkinson’s care in Henderson if your loved one requires more comprehensive care. For more information, call one of our friendly Care Managers at (702) 527-7723 to schedule a free in-home consultation.