TV repeats and familiar festive songs can help people with dementia by stimulating memories and keeping the brain active.
Christmas can be an unsettling time for those with dementia.
But experts say singing along to songs like White Christmas can stimulate “emotional memories”.
And while people with dementia might not remember the exact details of It’s A Wonderful Life, they may recall how they felt at the end of the film.
NHS England’s national clinical director for dementia, Prof Alistair Burns, says Christmas can sometimes be strange or confusing for those living with dementia.
Lots of social engagements and a steady stream of house guests coming through the door have the potential to be unsettling.
But he says watching familiar films or singing along to favourite songs can help