Ian Rolf visits residential homes across the Isle of Wight to provide AV memory stimulation (also called Reminiscence Therapy). Showing imagery and moving footage helps individuals, particularly those with dementia, remember events, people and places from their past lives.
The retired businessman was using a second-hand Optoma projector that he was given five or six years ago. This old low resolution model finally became dim and unusable this year. He needed a bright replacement model that is lightweight and portable but with good image quality.
Ian said: “I show old film, music and pictures that are on my laptop targeted to the people I am visiting. I have my regulars which I visit weekly or fortnightly. You get to know what they like. I play music from films, show old photos and footage of steam trains chugging around the island, Fred Astaire movies – anything really. Residents put in requests – we even had Meat Loaf last week!
“If they think of something they want to see – I do my upmost to find it. I show a lot of content from YouTube. Not everyone is from the island – so I try to find imagery from where those people come from. Some homes like a quizzes - so I put these together with images of old film stars that they have to name.
“It makes them laugh, they have some fun and for those with Alzheimers and dementia, it jogs old memories. This is why I was keen to get a good replacement that can handle all the different types of content. And as I have to carry the screen, laptop and projector on each visit, it was important this was as light as possible.”