Alive Inside: Film Screening and Discussion

Arts Experience
sponsored by: 
The Creative Center at University Settlement
Tuesday, March 12, 2013 - 4:00pm to 6:00pm
184 Eldridge Street, Speyer Hall New York, NY


 The therapeutic benefits of music have been well documented, and the fascinating film, Alive Inside, shows us the power of these benefits in older adults living with dementia disorders. 
The film, by Michael Rossato-Bennett, features the idea and work of social worker Dan Cohen, Executive Director of Music and Memory, and neurologist Oliver Sacks, MD, capturing on film the transformation that takes place when nursing home patients receive iPods that are programmed with music from their youth.
"It gives me the feeling of love, of romance. I figure right now the world needs to come into music, singing. You’ve got beautiful music here," Henry says, before breaking into a version of "I'll Be Home For Christmas" by his favorite -- Cab Calloway.
Alive Inside corroborates new research in the field showing that music can stimulate dormant memories, and may also help people with dementia retain new information.
Filmmaker Michael Rossato-Bennett and social worker Dan Cohen will be present for discussion following the screening.