“Alive Inside”: Music may be the best medicine for dementia

A new documentary entitled “Alive Inside” won an audience award at the Sundance Film Festival, as a straightforward advocacy piece for music therapy for people with dementia. It explores the ways in which listening to music can help severely disabled seniors, and the trials that come with attempting to implement ipod programs. The film provides hard evidence for the effects of music, and also shows it firsthand: one patient who spends most of his time in a semi-dormant state is given an ipod filled with old music, and suddenly begins engaging in the room around him. The documentary begins airing in select theaters on July 25.
Salon, July 15, 2014