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I am looking for suggestions for movies for elderly folks affected with Alzheimer's. What I am looking for are movies that are one and a half hours or less, and one or all of the following: upbeat, fun, humorous, involve antics with animals(beethoven for example), are romantic(in the courtship sense, not a roll in the hay sense), have no death, tragedy, scary images, serious illness, or violence. Also, plot is secondary. In other words, with this short attention span, each moment needs to carry the film(good musicals fit the bill--ie. calamity jane--it doesn't matter if the residents can follow the story line, the singing and dancing keeps them entertained.) Also, it must not be juvenile; even though they are declining cognitively, many find this insulting. So cartoons tend to be out. While I love movies, my interest here is purely to find someone to help me. Unfortunately, when I clicked on help, it turns out no one will help you unless you have posted ten times. So, I hope someone can help me. It's not like I'm not willing to put my time in...I'm not selfish. I'm spending my time off trying to do something positive for my Alzheimer's residents. I hope to hear from someone!



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Originally Posted by AlZimer View Post
Unfortunately, when I clicked on help, it turns out no one will help you unless you have posted ten times.
I don't know what you mean by this. We don't allow people with less than 10 posts to post links or images, but we routinely answer questions from brand new members.

Speaking of which, I've moved this thread to the Movie Questions forum.
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Singing in the Rain. You can't go wrong with that.


Seven Brides for Seven Brothers
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Last edited by will.15; 05-28-11 at 07:53 PM.



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Originally Posted by AlZimer View Post
It's not like I'm not willing to put my time in...I'm not selfish.
for some reason that made me laugh.

ok, let's see. will was right about Singin' in the Rain... and i'm assuming these are older people you are talking about, so i'm gonna recommend some older/old-fashioned stuff for now:

Breakfast At Tiffany's



My Fair Lady




The Sound of Music



Scarlet Pimpernel

(there is more than one version of this film; i can only vouch for the 1982 version with Jane Seymour, which is a nice, upbeat costume drama)


Some Like it Hot


definitely check into all of these if you haven't seen them before deciding. hopefully others can recommend more.
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Depending on what you call disturbing, is slapstick too much, I think this would be good.




Also The Pajama Game



sounds like it's gonna be LARGE
oh yeah. sorry about that, i forgot. The Sound of Music and My Fair Lady are pretty long. you could show them in acts, though



thanks...lots of great help so far. Some of these I've shown, but some are new suggestions. Yes, Sound of Music(actually my fav movie) but I think it may be too long! Keep 'em coming!!



that is true...I thought of that. I need to preview each movie then, summarize an hour or so, so that I can help them pick up where we left off. (more work, ugh)



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I had The Music Man, but I took it out becuse i figured it was long. Good otherwise.



we've shown this one--it was great!



I think I need to figure out how to reply to peoples comments, they are showing up random, and I guess no one can figure out who I am replying to. sorry!



sounds like it's gonna be LARGE
Originally Posted by AlZimer View Post
that is true...I thought of that. I need to preview each movie then, summarize an hour or so, so that I can help them pick up where we left off. (more work, ugh)
i suppose you could do that, but i think movies like The Sound of Music work even if you don't really know what's going on or missed the first half. i hope that doesn't sound insulting. i just tend to think romantic musicals like this are entertaining on a completely different level than most other movies. same thing with My Fair Lady; actually, My Fair Lady even moreso because it's got such great costumes and sets.



sounds like it's gonna be LARGE
Originally Posted by AlZimer View Post
I think I need to figure out how to reply to peoples comments, they are showing up random, and I guess no one can figure out who I am replying to. sorry!
there's a quote button at the bottom of every person's post.



Originally Posted by ash_is_the_gal View Post
there's a quote button at the bottom of every person's post.
thanks!



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How to Succed in Business Without Raally Trying is two hours, but moves fast and is always upbeat.

A Guide for the Marreid Man has mild risque situations but moves fast, funny, and practically no plot, it is mostly brief sketches.





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MGM musicals from the forities and fifties aren't too long like

On the Town

Kiss Me Kate

Band Wagon

Easter Parade

You might want to check out Danny Kaye's best movie, The Court Jester, to see if it has anything you would consider too intense. Alzheimer patients would probably love Danny Kaye (but not Jerry Lewis).



[quote=will.15;731046]How to Succed in Business Without Raally Trying is two hours, but moves fast and is always upbeat.

A Guide for the Marreid Man has mild risque situations but moves fast, funny, and practically no plot, it is mostly brief sketches.


thanks for adding the trailer. It looks great!



[quote=will.15;731046]How to Succed in Business Without Raally Trying is two hours, but moves fast and is always upbeat.

A Guide for the Marreid Man has mild risque situations but moves fast, funny, and practically no plot, it is mostly brief sketches.


thank you! this trailer was helpful!