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Film & Theatre - 5 Hints and Tips

Trips to the theatre and cinema are a fantastic way for people living with dementia to reminisce. Seeing a show/screening is brilliant for stirring memories & conversations, allowing people to feel more engaged with life. We understand that the thought can be quite daunting for carers, so MindforYou have come up with fool proof tips from our experiences on holidays. Click below to have a read, and you'll be enjoying ice cream in the interval in not time!

Dementia Friendly Cinema & Theatre Showings

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Dementia Friendly Films

Carers Go Free! CEA Cinema Card

Our Tips to make your Trip more Enjoyable

Well for a start they choose a film or performance that often suits people with dementia more such as a musical. As well as this the staff are trained in understanding and supporting people with dementia and there is also clear signage for toilets, ticket office, car park ect.

Don't worry if you aren't tech savvy, haven't heard of Youtube and don't know how to use it. Ask your children or grandchildren and I am sure they will be happy to help, it is incredibly easy to use.

  • Nostalgic films from the past often work well at bringing back old memories but that isn't always the case for younger people with dementia.

This fantastic scheme enables a disabled cinema guest to receive a complimentary ticket for someone to go with them when they visit a participating cinema.

As with any day out with someone living with Dementia planning ahead is very important. Here are some of MindforYou's top tips that we have learnt from taking our guests to a wide variety of performances:

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A brilliant way to help you and your loved one have a more relaxing and enjoyable trip to the cinema/theatre is by going to see one of the many dementia friendly screenings or shows available. But, what makes it dementia friendly?

In addition to this the lighting is keep on but at a low level as opposed to darkness and the sound level isn't too high, all of which make things less confusing and distressing for the person living with dementia.

There are so many amazing clips from old movies/TV shows on Youtube that you can watch together from the comfort of your own home. This is a fantastic way to spark memories and intiate conversations about movies from the past.

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Picking the right film for someone living with dementia either at home or at the cinema is incredibly important. Here are some top tips from us:

  • Musicals are often a good choice as music often stays with people throughout their journey with dementia - a     favourite of ours is The King and I!

  • Speak to the person living with dementia and ask what kind of things they like and chose a film to suit their likes.

  • Pick a film that is short with a simple plot and that is fun and upbeat!

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The Card is also one way for cinemas to make sure they look after their disabled guests. If you require an adjustment to be made prior to visiting a cinema because of your disability, cinema staff should make these adaptations for you, whether you have a CEA Card or not. Follow the link below to find out more and how you can apply:  

  • Book your tickets in advance and if you can pick them up before the day of the show to save any stress waiting in a cue.

  • Reserve seats at the end of the aisles and near the exits/toilets that way if you need to get up for whatever reason it is as easy as possible.

  • Make a day of it! Get to the theatre or cinema nice and early to avoid any stress or rushing and perhaps have a spot of lunch before the show.