Top Films for Families Dealing with Memory Impairment

By Pete Lane, 9:00 am on

Alzheimer’s disease and dementia-related conditions tend to be very isolating for both the individuals living with such conditions and family members witnessing changes in their loved ones. These films about memory loss take away that isolating feeling by presenting characters in situations anybody directly or indirectly affected by such conditions can relate to in some way.

1. On Golden Pond

This Oscar-winning film is centered around an older couple’s relationship as they travel back to their summer cottage. It’s revealed that the husband is showing signs of dementia, a fact his wife painfully realizes as the story progresses.

2. Aurora Borealis

A husband, father, and grandfather becomes self-aware of his dementia caused by Parkinson’s disease. The film explores his increasing dependence on those around him and the guilt he feels about this as his wife reaches out to a senior home care provider for additional support.

3. Alive Inside

This documentary can be useful for dementia caregivers and their elderly loved ones by showing how alternative treatments like music therapy can produce results. In addition to showing dementia patients responding well to music, the film also offers commentary from healthcare workers and caregivers.

4. The Notebook

The story that unfolds in this movie revolves around a husband reading from a notebook that details his relationship with his wife. He’s ultimate goal is to rekindle memories she’s lost because of Alzheimer’s disease.

5. Still Alice

Based on a best-selling book of the same name, this movie dispels the myth that dementia only affects the elderly. A university professor comes to grips with an eventual diagnosis of early on-set Alzheimer’s disease as she struggles with her own identity and how the condition will affect her family members.

6. Age-Old Friends

A widower living in an assisted living facility wholeheartedly rails against the concept of old age. The movie goes on to offer a poignant look at how his memory issues become more pronounced over time during regular Sunday visits with his daughter.

Some of these movies–depending on how the situation depicted relates to issues pertaining to you or your loved one–can be used to spark a conversation. Movies like this can also help address complex issues with younger family members affected by your loved one’s condition.

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