Life’s Too Short – Let’s Laugh!


They say laughter is the best medicine and we couldn’t agree more! In honor of National Humor Month, the assisted living team at Collingswood is going to highlight a few of the best comedies for seniors to stream. Because who couldn’t use a good laugh right about now? Whether it’s a hit Netflix show or a classic movie, there’s a little something for everyone on this list.

At United Methodist Communities, assisted living residents love our themed “Movie Days” when we dress in comfy PJ’s, bake some sweet treats, and have a good laugh together. We hope after reading this list, you will follow suit and dedicate the day to laughter and fun!

Some Like it Hot

It’s only right that we start with a timeless classic: Some Like it Hot! Main characters Joe and Jerry find themselves in the wrong place at the wrong time. After witnessing a Mafia murder, they think of a quick plan to stay alive by escaping from Chicago. The first part of the plan is to disguise themselves as women to join an all-girl jazz band and hop a train to Florida. Joe immediately becomes smitten with the band’s beautiful lead singer, Sugar, and pretends to be a millionaire to win her over. All the while Jerry finds himself pursued by a real millionaire as the mobsters track them down. The hijinks and quips will keep seniors giggling until the credits roll.

The Wedding Singer

An Adam Sandler classic, this movie is about a nice guy (Robbie Hart) who’s left at the altar and happens to have one of the most romantic jobs in the world: a wedding singer. While he tries to move on from his breakup, he finds himself helping his coworker, Julia, plan her wedding. After spending so much time together, he falls for her and realizes he has to stop her wedding. This movie will have seniors laughing out loud with its’ childish humor and eccentric characters. One of our favorite characters has to be the sweet old lady who pays for her singing lessons in meatballs — she’s the cutest!

Grace and Frankie

Grace and Frankie is a Netflix series about two senior women who bond after their husbands announce that they’re in love with each other. Ironically, their husbands, Robert and Sol, are also successful divorce lawyers in San Diego. This series features Jane Fonda as Grace and Lily Tomlin as Frankie, who make senior audiences laugh each season with their nutty hijinks and sarcastic jokes. Right now, there are six seasons that can be streamed on Netflix and the final season is in production.

Something’s Gotta Give

This is a witty comedy about the fears of aging and the lengths a person will  go to hang onto their youth — definitely a movie that seniors can identify with. To sum it up, the main character, Harry Sanborn, is a “player” in his senior years with a girlfriend, Marin Barry, who is way too young for him. They decide to go to Marin’s family beach house in the Hamptons for the weekend, and are surprised to find her mother, Erica, there. Erica was planning to stay the weekend as well and is horrified to discover her daughter is with a womanizer who is in the same age group as herself. In a strange turn of events, Harry has a heart attack at the house and is prescribed lots of bed rest. While he is recovering, he grows much closer to Erica – who is out of his league in more ways than one.

The Good Place

The Good Place is another comedy series that can be streamed (or binged) on Netflix. The plot revolves around Eleanor Shellstrop (Kristen Bell) who is welcomed into “The Good Place” after her death. She quickly finds herself in the wrong environment because “The Good Place” is a heaven-like utopia, and she was not the most righteous person in the past.  Seniors will appreciate the clean, light-hearted humor and Kristen Bell’s superb acting performance episode after episode.

Senior living in Collingswood, NJ

At UMC at Collingswood, our assisted living residents can continue to live a full and independent life. We pride ourselves on fostering an environment in which residents can pursue their hobbies, while receiving the care they need. As mentioned above, both our Collingswood associates and residents love to take part in “Movie Days,” and other fun activities that engage socialization.

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