Theatre can play an important role for dementia patients and those close to them.
- A visit to the theatre can provide the inspiration for a good conversation, which can bring memories back to life.
- As with art, theatre can be a bridge between the healthy and ill aspects of the person’s life. It gives dementia patients the chance to feel that they are taking part in society.
- When visiting the theatre, it is recommended to choose a fairly short play, one that features clear and recognisable events rather than abstract concepts.
Recently, a number of directors have depicted dementia in theatrical form, not only showing the patients’ vulnerability and the situation faced by those close to them, but also describe the opportunities for respect and communication.