Movie Review: Alive Inside

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A story of music’s healing qualities in the lives of seniors

Approximately five million Americans live with dementia or Alzheimer’s disease. Though a small percentage receive in-home dementia care, the majority unfortunately live in near isolation in the memory care units of assisted living facilities or nursing homes. However, the award winning documentary film “Alive Inside: A Story of Music and Memory” brings hope not only to those suffering from memory issues, but to their friends and families as well.

The Milan International Film Festival declared it the best documentary of 2014 and it garnered the audience award at this year’s Sundance Film Festival. Resonating with those in related industries and those touched by a loved one’s memory loss, the documentary illustrates the importance of music to memory.

“Alive Inside” displays personal stories from senior patients, such as Marylou who began to dance when hearing the Beach Boys’ tune “I Get Around”, something she hadn’t done since the onset of Alzheimer’s. Dementia patient Henry begins a jazz scat reminiscent of Cab Calloway upon hearing music through headphones. The film delights in showing the power of music as it relates to memory issues.

For a period of over three years, filmmaker Michael Rossato-Bennett followed Dan Cohen, a social worker who started a nonprofit organization called Music & Memory, documenting his experiences. Cohen’s mission is to bring iPods and earphones along with music personalized to Alzheimer’s and dementia patients. The program has so far served 489 nursing homes in 42 states with Cohen striving to eventually reach 16,000 care facilities in the United States.

Care for Scottsdale Seniors with Memory Disorders

Music does indeed have a powerful healing effect on seniors with cognitive conditions and this does not go unnoticed by the professionally trained caregivers at Home Care Assistance of Scottsdale. Along with music therapy, our dementia and Alzheimer’s caregivers in Scottsdale are also trained in our exclusive Cognitive Therapeutics Method. This method of care uses fun and personalized brain games to stimulate mental health, in turn boosting mental acuity and cognitive longevity.

If you’re interested in learning more about how an expertly trained and experienced caregiver from Home Care Assistance in Scottsdale could help your senior loved one living with a cognitive condition, call us today at 480.448.6215 to schedule a free consultation.


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