I recently partnered with Gracewell of Hawley for their intergenerational movie night initiative. Having had a grandmother who had to live in a care home and a working with older adults in my day job really made this campaign hit home, so when they asked if I wanted to participate, of course I said yes.
Gracewell is encouraging everyone to help combat loneliness and foster togetherness by hosting an intergenerational movie night--and they sent us some amazing snacks to get us going. At Gracewell, the residents are encouraged to have their families come along to enjoy movies with them to keep up morale.
However, it is important to acknowledge that one doesn't have to be in a care home to be lonely, as many older people live by themselves and go weeks without seeing someone. So in light of both the upcoming holidays and Gracewell's initiative, it's always a great time to go visit your ageing loved ones and pop in one of their favorite films.
Gracewell generously let me choose the film I wanted to use for my own intergenerational movie night. It took me a while, but I decided on Fiddler on the Roof, Beauty and the Beast or The Sound of Music and asked to be surprised. All three of those films are ones that I used to own on VHS as a child (dating myself!) and don't have on DVD. Furthermore, they are films I've enjoyed with my friends, parents, grandparents and children I've babysat--they are true classics that anyone at any age can enjoy!
The Sound of Music has particular significance for me as it has always been one of my favorites growing up. When I was 13, I played one of the von Trapp children in a local theatre production of the play, which is one of my most treasured memories. Last year, my mother and I went to see it on the Big Screen when I visited her to celebrate 50 years since its release and it was a wonderful bonding experience.
I'm saving this one for Christmas Day to enjoy with my boyfriend (who has never seen this movie! I KNOW!), his parents and grandmother since I won't be back in the USA for Christmas. But we will definitely be enjoying this classic and all of the goodies Gracewell generously sent me.
What film will you be watching with your family this season? What is one of your favorites that you watched as a kid and still love?