Television viewing has changed for people living with dementia with the launch of My Life TV.

The first video on demand streaming service for people with dementia. It’s like Netflix for people with dementia.

Award winning charity My Life Films have launched a new, on demand streaming service, for people with dementia. My Life TV offers a positive experience with a wide choice of safe, carefully curated programmes specially designed for people living with dementia. It can be accessed via phone, tablet, laptop or linked to TV – giving freedom to watch what you want when. It’s also available to both care homes, and people in their own homes.

The benefits of tv

Many people enjoy watching tv as part of everyday life so why not people living with dementia?

Research by the University of Stirling Dementia Services Development Centre in 2016 concluded that television can bring multiple benefits to care home residents with dementia.

Professor Martin Green, Chief Executive of Care England, stated that “This research confirms our view that when used appropriately, television can be used as force for good in the care of older people. Not only does television act as a form of entertainment for people of all ages, which is a core part of feeling happy and oriented, it can also have real benefits if used imaginatively to complement exercise and social interaction activities”.

Building on research, My Life TV collaborates with prestigious partners including British Film Institute, British Pathé, to produce high quality programmes chosen especially for the cognitive needs of people with mid to late-stage dementia.

There is a wide choice of programmes to choose from:

  • Slow TV: cruise the Fjords, relax with the gardeners at Kew Gardens, watch kittens playing or enjoy wildlife watching in the Royal Parks.
  • Happy, entertaining, feelgood content: laughter videos, cute babies and ever popular funny animals.
  • Reminiscence: childhood memory films from the BFI, programmes about Royalty and history programmes from British Pathé collection.

My Life TV also create content. This includes bespoke quizzes, carefully timed between question and answer, sing-alongs to popular songs, chair yoga, and music therapy with Intergenerational Music Making. Furthermore, new content is added daily.

Easy to use and navigate

Fiona Saddat, Manager, Cecil Court Care Home, observed:

“Some of the residents like to watch nostalgic movies to bring back memories, while others prefer to watch outdoor landscapes and scenery, allowing them to experience nature”.

One programme – “Gift of Laughter” – simply shows people laughing, it’s the modern-day equivalent of the laughing policeman. St Mary’s Care Home, use this programme to improve low mood and mental well- being, as Jo Warren, Deputy Care Manager, says:

“From tearful moments to such laughter and joy within minutes of watching the programme”.

Choice is key with programmes selected to cater for the needs of and to engage each individual resident, as Jo highlights:

“Within a few minutes of watching a film, her body language changes from a slumped disinterested position to an upright attentive posture”.

My Life TV has so much to offer

My Life TV has a lot of benefits for people with dementia. It complements activities, enhances therapeutic provision, supports exercise and enables social connection, whilst offering opportunities for respite or delivery of care. Programmes can help improve mood and quality of life and care, and help address agitation, anxiety and apathy. Participation can help build confidence for the return of in person activities.

Families can also share viewing experiences with loved ones and provide new topics of conversation.

Anne Smith subscribed for her mother Joyce:

“She becomes herself again and that brings great joy and relief to me knowing that she’s in a much better place and we can start afresh from that point”.

Subscription costs £30 per month for up to 30 devices for care homes, or £4 for up to 3 devices for individuals. Find out more about My Life TV’s new service for people with dementia here.

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