Dementia Friendly Theatre

Written by Active Minds on Friday the 19th of August 2016.


Theatres such as the West Yorkshire Playhouse have been exploring and addressing the potential barriers that might stop someone with dementia coming to see a show and making the right adjustments such as putting up extra signs and having more staff working in key area to make people living with dementia, as well as the people who care for them, more comfortable and at ease.

Theatres all around the UK that are starting to make shows more suitable have the understanding that people with dementia have tastes as varied and surprising as everyone else, however counter in that all shows should be aimed at an adult audience to respect the adulthood of people with dementia and that they need to consider the narrative, the shows need to have a clear narrative as people with dementia can find it difficult to follow a plot.

Not only can a trip to the theatre give someone living with dementia so much joy, there are other benefits such as social interaction, and a positive emotional state of mind.

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