Dementia UK have put together a list of films that are particularly suited to someone living with dementia. The list focuses around films which have music, interactivity and simple plotlines at their heart.
Mama Mia, The Sound of Music, My Fair Lady, South Pacific were chosen for their ability to enable the viewer to sing along with the many well-known songs that are featured. Mama Mia, in particular, was singled out due to the high level of familiarity people have with Abba’s music.
Comedy, especially the slapstick variety was also recommended. Movies featuring Laurel & Hardy, Charlie Chaplin and Mr Bean brought enjoyment and distraction in an easy to understand format, the ‘physical’ nature of these types of comedies makes them very easy to follow
For younger people with dementia the movies Top Gun, Ghost and Pretty Woman were singled out as having plot lines that were straightforward enough to hold one’s attention.
The list is a great starting point but remember that because no experience of dementia is the same, you are best placed to know which films are likely to appeal to the person you are caring for.