Sunday FM: Music Therapy Comes to Life in Documentary


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.

Alive Inside Movie Trailer

A “Strong Intervention”: How Personalized Music Helped Lemon Grove Cut Antipsychotic Use in Half (Music and Memory, April 2, 2013)

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  1. This is genius, and yet very simple and obvious. With this kind of success, this should be replicated everywhere. Imagine if we start incorporating personalized aromas, artwork, color schemes, and activity plans into these people’s lives? There is so much we can do with the environment to help with emotions and behavior, and yet the “system” continues to focus on directly manipulating the physical body’s chemistry, which is the thing we have the least control over!

    —- Steve