We held our first ‘Dementia Friendly cinema screening’ on Friday 7th December. Local carers support group, ‘Hertswise’ invited their members to choose the film they would most like to see and Layston Grove provided their cinema room for them to watch the film.
Nostalgic old classics are a great choice, giving audiences the chance to connect with memories and reminisce. Hertswise members chose to watch ‘The Good, The Bad and The Ugly’, a Clint Eastwood classic.
A pitch black room can be intimidating for somebody living with dementia, making it more difficult to identify exits and toilet signs. The cinema room at Layston Grove has low lighting during dementia-friendly screenings, using lamps and up-lighters to create a softer, more relaxed feel.
A trip to the cinema is one of life’s great pleasures, but it’s not always a supportive environment for people living with dementia. According to The Alzheimer’s society recent survey, 69% of people with dementia said that the main reason they stop going out is a lack of confidence. And with more than 850,000 people in the UK currently living with the condition, it’s vital we do everything we can to build a society that’s inclusive for all.
Hollie Rauber, Team Leader for Hertswise in East Herts, said ‘it was a lovely experience for our members to have a cinema screening put on just for them as so often they feel it is too difficult for them to attend the large cinemas we have now which can be busy and noisy places.’ More sessions are planned and for more information you can contact Layston Grove direct on 01763 274327. For more information on carers support groups in your area visit www.hertswise.org.uk.