A new documentary coming to theatres around the US over the next few months explores Dan Cohen’s Music and Memory program and its emotional and therapeutic impacts on the lives of people with dementia and Alzheimer’s. “Alive Inside is a joyous cinematic exploration of music’s capacity to reawaken our souls and uncover the deepest parts of our humanity,” says the producer’s website.
The description continues: “Filmmaker Michael Rossato-Bennett chronicles the astonishing experiences of individuals around the country who have been revitalized through the simple experience of listening to music. His camera reveals the uniquely human connection we find in music and how its healing power can triumph where prescription medication falls short.”
An article on the Music and Memory website describes how the program helped one facility cut antipsychotic use in half. Locations of upcoming showings of the documentary are available at the movie website.
A “Strong Intervention”: How Personalized Music Helped Lemon Grove Cut Antipsychotic Use in Half (Music and Memory, April 2, 2013)