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Dementia friendly cinema screening in Wales

Published on 4th September 2017

As part of World Alzheimer’s month, independent cinemas and arts centres in Wales are showing old movies to help trigger the memories of those living with dementia. Old classics such as Some Like it Hot, Calamity Jane and Viva Las Vegas are just some of the movies being screened.

Ivor James’ wife Margaret has vascular dementia and the old classics help to trigger her memory. For dementia friendly screenings, the lights are dimmed and the volume is slightly lowered. Mr James went on to say: Margaret struggles to recall seeing the film afterwards but she enjoys the experience and it is lovely to see her show some spark and an inkling of understanding.

With Alzheimer’s affecting over 43,000 people in Wales, Sue Phelps the Director of Alzheimer’s Society Cymru, said dementia friendly screenings are valuable in fostering an inclusive society.

‘Creating a social space in cinemas where people living with dementia can enjoy a simple leisure activity with their friends, family and carers is so important. Cinemas can make a huge difference to people living with dementia by allowing audiences to move around, chat and sing along if they want to, with an opportunity to socialise afterwards, it creates a much more relaxed atmosphere.’

Hana Lewis, strategic Manager of Film Hub Wales, has been helping film-lovers with dementia in Wales since 2013:

‘Film not only has the power to bring communities together but it is a powerful tool to improve mental well-being and confidence.'

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