My mother is still in fairly early stages of dementia compared to some posters loved ones, it is the broken pelvis and loss of site combines with the memory loss which is causing her to need a nursing home, therefore this may not be much help to some people, but I found today that giving her a cassette player and some talking books has really brightened her up. she doesnt understand how to work the player, but the staff are in and out all day to change the tapes etc for her. Im not sure how much she actually follows and understands but the human voice talking seems to soothe her a lot. As the tapes come from the library I just hope she doesnt decide to throw then away! Last week she had thrown her false teeth in the bin! luckily they were retirieved in time.