Cinememories at the Phoenix
There are many films about dementia. Most of them are documentaries but there are also more or less accurate and enlightening feature films with famous actors.
I came across an inspiring project in London: the use of films to entertain and relieve isolation of people with dementia.
The Phoenix Cinema (East Finchley) organises with the help of the Alzheimer’s Society twice a month ‘dementia friendly’ screenings. They have shown mainly musicals : My Fair Lady, Pal Joey, Seven Brides for Seven Brothers, 42nd Street.
In the interval a facilitator who runs Singing for the Brain sessions for the Alzheimer’s Society leads the singing over refreshments.
These screenings attract a bigger audience than many other ‘special screenings’ at the Phoenix. It is true that the Phoenix is a registered charity but our local independent cinemas who see themselves as serving the community do not even bother to provide facilities for the hard of hearing.