The best movies to watch with relatives who have dementia

A CHARITY has put together a list of film recommendations for families with a relative affected by dementia.

Dementia UK, which provides specialist support for dementia, states that their selected films have music, interactivity and a simple storyline in their hearts.

Dr. Hilda Hayo, CEO and chief admiral nurse of Dementia UK, said: "No experience of dementia is the same and families are always in the best position to know which films or other activities would appeal to their family members with dementia.

"However there are some genres or movie styles that may be interesting for someone with dementia.

"This can include films that do not have complex narrative lines and movies in which there is a strong action, a comic or musical element.

"We are witnessing more and more film screenings to satisfy people with dementia and their families.

"Some of our Admiral Nurses dementia specialists have been involved in bringing these projections to local communities, for example.

"They undoubtedly help raise a person with the mood of dementia, helping them stay engaged and connected to their families and society in general."

The Dementia UK film list includes:

Mamma Mia!

What marks Mamma Mia! it is the fact that it is so interactive.

People of all ages regularly sing on Abba's tones, helping to connect people with dementia.

Music and songs can arouse strong emotions even in those suffering from dementia.

Other similar recommendations include:

  • The sound of music
  • My Fair Lady
  • South Pacific

Laurel and Hardy

Many people diagnosed with dementia have grown up with Laurel and Hardy's slapstick routine allowing many to remember.

Their comic routines can bring amusement and distraction.

Movies like this are also great to share with the wider family. They can also help provide an inestimable connection between children and grandparents with dementia.

Other similar recommendations include:

Top Gun

This could be a suitable choice for young people diagnosed with dementia. The linear plot of Top Gun can help keep a person with attention to dementia.

Other similar recommendations for young people with dementia include:

For more advice on how the limbs can be used to help people with dementia or in general, you can contact the Admiral Nurse Dementia Helpline at 0800 888 6678 or send an email to .


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