On the 17thJuly the Royal Albert Hall will be hosting a dementia friendly screening of Calamity Jane, starting at 1pm and costing only £5 per ticket which includes tea and biscuits.
The screening has been arranged specifically for those with dementia or alzheimers disease, their companions and support staff, and the stewarding team will be on hand throughout to assist all movie-goers and make their experience as comfortable as possible.
Statistics currently show that over 79,876 Londoners suffer from dementia, while the Alzheimers Society has revealed research that shows that while there are 850,000 people living with dementia in the UK this is expected to rise to over 1 million by 2025 and soar to 2 million by 2051. Nostalgic music and showing classic films have been found to be beneficial to those who suffer, as they can be a form of reminiscence therapy, which is widely used to help stimulate memories and conversations for people living with dementia.
Another example of the Hall’s interest in the elderly community can be found in The Albert’s Band Songbook; a completely free concert series, which travels to care homes, hospices, day cares and hospitals. One care home manager who received a Songbook concert last year remarked that “the way that music affects people who can otherwise spend long periods of time in a distressed or confused state is wonderful, and it was really special to see this”.
Another Dementia Friendly Screening has been scheduled for the 20th November at 1pm, only this time guests will be able to watch the Wizard of Oz.
Click here for tickets to watch Calamity Jane
Click here for tickets to watch The Wizard of Oz