A Life More Ordinary (ALMO)

Our ALMO programme of dementia-friendly events was inspired by a report from Age UK which highlighted couples who were living with dementia but were feeling isolated and had stopped going out, socialising and doing things together.

The initial project ran for three years, reaching almost 11,000 participants, with dementia-friendly screenings and workshops taking place in Lancaster. The programme was then rolled out to fifteen partner venues across the UK and culminated in the Creative Adventures in Dementia Festival which took place in May 2018.

The Dukes continues to offer regular ALMO Dementia-friendly cinema screenings with a relaxed atmosphere where people are welcome to move around and come and go as they please. Each screening has an interval with live entertainment.

“What the Dukes offers for us in its ‘Life More Ordinary’ programme is the opportunity to do what were once ordinary things, in a slightly different way.  To be able to go to a ‘dementia-friendly’ screening of a film, for example, is wonderful. In these showings the lights are slightly dimmed but kept on, as this is less disorientating for us.  Films are carefully chosen. We love the whole event, we always sing the whole way home and we are often still talking about the show over dinner.”- ALMO Audience Member

Bring Me Laughter

Our current project ‘Bring Me Laughter’ is funded by the Wellcome Trust and responds to the success of the original ALMO project.

The project centres on understanding laughter’s role in communication between people living with dementia and those caring for them. Regular workshops and screenings are taking place in Lancaster, Morecambe and Carnforth, and these sessions will culminate in a participatory performance co-created with people living with dementia and their caregivers. This will be performed at the Bring Me Laughter Festival in May 2020.

More details about the festival will be released soon.

You can find our dementia-friendly screenings on our listings by searching for events that are tagged with 'ALMO'.

To speak to a staff member about our Dementia Friendly programme please contact Gil Graystone.