Run . . don’t walk to see the brilliant Documentary ‘ALIVE INSIDE’ now playing at Camera 7 Pruneyard in Campbell. As dementia continues to affect millions of elderly Americans, this astonishing documentary reveals a remarkable, music-based breakthrough that has already transformed lives.
Spearheaded by social worker Dan Cohen and captured on camera over the course of three years by filmmaker Michael Rossato-Bennett, we learn that songs from a patient’s past can awaken memories and emotions that have been asleep for years, sometimes decades.
Cohen, and his nonprofit organization Music & Memory, fight against a broken healthcare system to demonstrate music’s ability to combat memory loss and restore a deep sense of self to those suffering from it.
This movie struck home for me, having dealt intensively with both my aging parent needs, this past year, and losing one in March. Although my Mother did not have dementia, the immense relaxation and comfort that she experienced when I found her favorite music on Pandora, with her iPhone, helped ease the suffering that she was experiencing. She smiled with bliss as the music helped her delve into happy memories, away from her pain.
CLICK HERE for a SF Gate ‘Alive Inside’ movie review.
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