Music therapy revitalizes Alzheimer’s patients

August 22, 2014 § Leave a comment

If you have a loved one who is suffering from Alzheimer’s, you know how important the “good days” are. What if there was a medicine that could bring your loved one a little clarity, if only for a few minutes? This powerful medicine is music, and it’s available to anyone with no rules or regulations standing in the way.

The new documentary Alive Inside follows social worker Dan Cohen, founder of the nonprofit organization Music & Memory, as he explores the use of music as a medicine, traveling to nursing homes and giving Alzheimer’s patients headphones and iPods as means of holistic healing.

This moving documentary shows just how strong the human connection to music and memory can be. Individuals suffering from advanced Alzheimer’s or dementia relive some of their most cherished memories triggered by songs from an iPod and some patients, for a short time, even regain some level of cognitive ability.

The film goes inside homes and nursing homes, allowing viewers to create a strong emotional connection to the patients through vintage photographs and videotapes that tell their stories and show their lives before the disease.

See the documentary that argues that a dose of music, instead of doses of expensive drugs, can be used to restore to individuals with Alzheimer’s and dementia some sense of their past selves, if only for a short time.

Alive Inside is playing at the Coolidge Corner Theater in Brookline this Friday, August 22 and Saturday, August 23. Click here for more show times.

Learn more about the film that won The Audience Award at the 2014 Sundance film festival at

Contact the Alzheimer’s Association for information or resources regarding Alzheimer’s disease.


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