Are you looking for a unique way for you and your senior mom to do something unique together? May is National Get Caught Reading Month. Head to the library or bookstore and pick up some of these books that were made into movies. Read the books together and then watch the movie. You’ll enjoy lively discussions of the stories themselves and how well they transitioned into a movie.
A Romance: Me Before You by Jojo Moyes: Me Before You is a quirky romance in which the heroine loses her job, takes a new job as a caregiver to a handicapped man, and starts to fall in love in the most impossible of situations.
A Musical: Les Miserables by Victor Hugo: Read this book first and then experience the recent musical where many of the scenes were shot in one take. The story is set in France during the 1800’s. A man is hunted for what is a seemingly minor parole violation, but it spans into a story of a young factory worker who dies and the prisoner agrees to raise her daughter after her death.
A Drama: To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee: This is likely a book your mom will know well. It’s also a very popular classic movie about a Southern lawyer and single dad who is doing his best to raise his kids in sleepy town. His current case involves him in a very turbulent trial that tackles racism.
A Mystery: The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo by Stieg Larsson: While the Dragon Tattoo series can be a little graphic at times, it’s also a very absorbing mystery. A journalist is hired to write the Vanger family’s story, but his ultimate goal becomes to uncover the truth about the disappearance of a young woman in the Vanger family. There are two movies, one done in the U.S. and one Swedish.
You can’t spend every minute caring for your senior mom. You do need breaks from time to time. By hiring a senior care agency, you’ll be able to focus on quality activities like reading books and watching movies together. Create your own reading list of more books made into movies as you continue spending time together.
A senior care professional can take over the more tiresome tasks like changing sheets, making beds, and preparing nutritious meals for your mom. You may even find your mom’s caregiver wanting to join your book group, which is a good way to solidify the bond between your mom and her senior care provider.