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Ideas for TV programs for PWDs

Discussion in 'I have a partner with dementia' started by Roseleigh, Sep 16, 2019.

  1. Roseleigh

    Roseleigh Registered User

    Dec 26, 2016
    183
    I thought it would be helpful if ppl can put the most popular viewing here:

    "I changed to Tom and Jerry after a bit and he liked that too. The programmes kept him amused for longer than usual which is better than sitting dozing. I have also tried Laurel and Hardy but he took some of it seriously so only look at that sparingly. I guess it’s finding what presses the right buttons."

    "Its very hard to find suitable TV. He still likes football, though has lost interest in other sport he used to love, will also watch some wildlife stuff David Attenborough and so on, and doesnt mind Mrs Browns Boys which he thought idiotic before dementia ."
     
  2. Fishgirl

    Fishgirl Registered User

    Sep 9, 2019
    98
    My OH likes the war documentary’s on the yesterday channel don't know why he’s so obsessed because he’wasn’t even born then, mind you I’m beginning to feel as though I lived through every minute of it! Still it keeps him quiet for a while:)
     
  3. Roseleigh

    Roseleigh Registered User

    Dec 26, 2016
    183
    Mine used to love Midsommer Murders until a few months ago. I tried one again recently and it scared him. He sometimes thinks ppl on TV are laughing at him too.
     
  4. Moggymad

    Moggymad Registered User

    May 12, 2017
    383
    Female
    My mum likes the antics of Mr Bean.
     
  5. Dimpsy

    Dimpsy Registered User

    Sep 2, 2019
    188
    Female
    My mum really enjoyed The Durrell's, especially Louisa, the Keeley Hawes character.
    She gets the giggles when You've Been Framed is on, but her real pleasure comes from watching TV with other people, she will never sit and watch TV on her own.
     
  6. RosettaT

    RosettaT Registered User

    Sep 9, 2018
    255
    Female
    Mid Lincs
    My OH likes You've Been Framed, Doc Martin, most documentaries about WW2 and wild life and will sit and watch the news all day, tho' I'm not sure he understands all that is going on. In the main he is content with tv.
     
  7. Duggies-girl

    Duggies-girl Registered User

    Sep 6, 2017
    1,552
    Who wants to be a millionaire, It seems to be on a lot and dad will watch it over and over again.
     
  8. DesperateofDevon

    DesperateofDevon Registered User

    Jul 7, 2019
    1,149
    Tipping point, & also a program about Life at the Zoo, - & the one about monkey world in Dorset.
     
  9. Bunpoots

    Bunpoots Registered User

    Apr 1, 2016
    3,028
    Nottinghamshire
    My dad used to like the “Back in Time for...” series on the BBC. He used to get quite chatty while it was on. Often asking me if I remembered things from before I was born :rolleyes:.

    It was lovely to see him so engaged with the program and I used to just say “yes” or “tell me about it”.
    A real conversation starter at a time when dad was losing that skill.
     
  10. Grahamstown

    Grahamstown Registered User

    Jan 12, 2018
    1,400
    East of England
    Tried ‘Only fools and horses’ today and although he watched it he didn’t seem to get the jokes. But he did laugh at the obvious things. It’s trial and error as we go along.
     
  11. Rosserk

    Rosserk Registered User

    Jul 9, 2019
    244
    Do you have a DVD player? My father enjoys all the old musicals which are really easy to get hold of, Oklahoma, the Sound of music he still remembers the songs and sings along. X
     
  12. Littlebear

    Littlebear Registered User

    Jan 6, 2017
    68
    Death in Paradise is my OH's favourite - it's on Netflix. I think it's the location he likes as sadly he can no longer follow a story. Other than that quiz, nature & property programs, anything really that doesn't need any concentration.
     
  13. canary

    canary Registered User

    Feb 25, 2014
    10,534
    Female
    South coast
    My OH loves The Repair Shop and things like Grand Designs. He is enjoying the current series on the Tower of London
     
  14. nae sporran

    nae sporran Volunteer Host

    Oct 29, 2014
    5,919
    Male
    Bristol
    C still watches nature programmes, but the noise they call background music gets a bit much for her some days. Same goes for anything about the planets. Usually after watching she gets excited and muddled so it can take an hour afterwards to settle her down. It is good to see her alive and trying to engage with the world in the way she used to though.
    As with Rosserk's dad the old musicals are always a winner however many times I show them. 'The King and I' and 'My Fair Lady' are favourites.
     
  15. Bunpoots

    Bunpoots Registered User

    Apr 1, 2016
    3,028
    Nottinghamshire
    My dad used to love "Oliver"
     
  16. Roseleigh

    Roseleigh Registered User

    Dec 26, 2016
    183
    Mine likes the Monkey World too. He feels sorry for the monkeys!!
     
  17. Agzy

    Agzy Registered User

    Nov 16, 2016
    853
    Moreton, Wirral. UK.
    We have cable through Virgin and so can record up to 6 channels at once which my OH is very adept at. The main channels for her are Drama and ITV 3 as they play all the old series repeats such as Corrie and Eastenders. These and any others that transmit repeats from the shows of her yesteryear are recorded and watched which for her is perfect but for me a form of torture but hey ho, that’s life.
     
  18. fortune

    fortune Registered User

    Sep 12, 2014
    145
    Mum got fixated on Monkey World for several months. Now she hates tv, can't follow it and too noisy.
     
  19. Dimpsy

    Dimpsy Registered User

    Sep 2, 2019
    188
    Female
    My mum loves the musicals too; like a lot of PWD, music and songs are well and truly lodged in the music department in her noggin! Play a song and not only will she name that tune but also sing-a-long. What always makes me smile is if we have put on an a musical - the other day it was My Fair Lady, mum (89 years young with AZ) comment's on how old-fashioned the film is!

    This is the bit I don't understand, although she was a classically trained pianist, once she married and started a family, her piano playing was put aside.
    As a child I have no memory of mum taking any particular interest in the music of the 50's, 60's or 70's; she never ever sang along to the radio (although regularly joined in with Hymns of Praise on a Sunday) it is as if she was secretly absorbing the lyrics because she can recall the words once the music starts.

    And it isn't just music memories that remain, mum comes out with great chunks of poetry from time to time, which leaves us gobsmacked. She recites the lines and I Google them for the whole poem.

    Am I under-educated, or will I too astound my family with Yeats and Samuel Taylor Coleridge etc when I reach the dementia years?

    The brain is truly an organ of mystery (at least mum's is), our motto is 'expect the unexpected'.
     
  20. Roseleigh

    Roseleigh Registered User

    Dec 26, 2016
    183
    Have you got your own TV you can watch while she enjoys her repeats?
     

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