If movies are being put on as a group social activity in a residential setting or cinema, it can also be an enjoyable social event, although certain conditions will need to be adhered to so that everyone remains comfortable. Even so, the noise of many people singing along over a movie or TV show may be too much for some people to manage, and the people involved should be monitored for signs of distress or discomfort. Some local cinemas and theatres now put on special showings for people living with dementia, with quiet zones, limited numbers, and muted lighting to help comfort levels be maintained.
Watching family cine films or home movies from decades gone by is also a valuable shared social experience that loved ones can enjoy. Age UK undertook a project where home movies from years gone by were used to promote the wellbeing of people living with dementia. They stated that “Showing archive footage stimulates discussions about life when the users were younger, ranging from fashion faux pas in the 60s to getting free milk at school.” One of the participants added, “It’s like the years peeling back – the memories are all still there, it just needs a trigger.”