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Recommendations for Films to Watch for People with Dementia

The power of arts and film has been proven to work with people living with dementia. Some specialist dementia nurses have recognised its ability to help families stay together in the face of the illness.

Dementia UK’s research has shown that films which include music, interactivity and simple plotlines at their heart are ideal for those living with the condition.

Complicated or over-the-top movies can be difficult to follow, while the introduction of music can lighten the experience and make it far more memorable.

Here are a list of the films and the reasons why they are ideal, as listed by Dementia UK.

Mamma Mia

Mamma Mia is a popular musical, starring Amanda Seyfried and Meryl Streep as a mother and daughter duo. This choice is great for all ages as they can watch and sing along to the jukebox musical film.

Music can bring out strong feelings for those living with dementia, whether that’s because it invokes happy memories or simply because its something they can enjoy.

Laurel and Hardy

Laurel and Hardy were a comedy duo from the early Hollywood era of American film. They are known for their “slapstick” comedy which was a favourite for many from 1927 to 1955.

Many people living with dementia grew up with slapstick comedy will have favoured Laurel and Hardy. By watching their films, it can allow people to reminisce and encourage positive memories.

Dementia UK explains that their comedic routines can bring entertainment and distraction which are suitable to be shared with wider family. They can even provide invaluable connections between children and their grandparents who are living with dementia.

Top Gun

Top Gun is an action film from 1986, starring Tom Cruise and Val Kilmer.

This is an example of a film with a straightforward plot, that can help hold the attention of a person living with dementia. It may be suitable for those living with the condition that are slightly younger or because it reminds them of when the film first came out in cinemas.

Other films that have easy-to-follow plotlines include Ghost and Pretty Woman.

To find out more about how we can help you or your loved one who is living with dementia, contact us today.