There are potential memory-preserving benefits of watching familiar movies and television shows. These movies and shows can help older adults with dementia or Alzheimer’s disease. Memory care specialists are now using such forms of entertainment as a therapy to promote the conservation of cognitive function. Watching television shows can help to trigger memories and jog recognition. Read on to learn more about the tips for choosing the right movie for older adults with Alzheimer’s.
Movies and Memory
Old movies that were made in the 1930s and 1940s serve as time capsules to bring older adults back into the past. Their old memories will return to them, along with the emotional connections that were made.
Watching these classic movies is a great idea for older people to socialize. Dementia can make socializing more difficult but it is a key part of memory care. Talking about movies is one of the ways older people can interact with others.
There are classic movies of all kinds and there are so many options to choose from. When you are picking a movie for your loved one with Alzheimer’s, you want to avoid films that are too sad, long, complex, or violent.
Many people have at least one favorite movie. What we want to watch can depend on our mood too. We often associate a movie or show with what was happening in our own lives, both the good and bad events. For older people with Alzheimer’s, these links are still in their minds and can be brought back with the right movies. No matter which movie it is, older adults with Alzheimer’s can benefit from watching familiar movies or TV shows regularly.
Tips for Choosing the Right Movie
A good movie can help to improve the mood of your loved ones with Alzheimer’s and make them more willing to interact with others. It can bridge the gap between generations too. Here are some tips for choosing the right movie:
- Not too many characters
- Simple plot
- Not too violent
- No displays of serious illness or death
- Fun and optimistic
- The length of the movie is less than two hours
These are some of the best shows from the past, featuring some of the most beloved actors. Here is a list of recommended movies and TV shows you can try:
- The Wizard of Oz
- It’s a Wonderful Life
- Calamity jane
- I love Lucy
- Singin’ in the Rain
- The Sound of Music
- West Side Story
- The Andry Griffith Show
- Paint Your Wagon
- The Waltons
- Grumpy Old Men
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