Film Can Change Lives – One in Three of Us!

Movies don’t change lives. Religion can change lives. Falling in love can, and so can becoming a parent. Tragedy, alas, is hugely effective at creating change, albeit painfully. But movies? Not really. Except nobody seems to have told this to the makers of “Alive Inside,” a devastating, incredibly inspiring documentary about the power of music. […]

Poignant Review of “Alive Inside”

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From “Alive Inside” – A Review and Commentary “I had actually braced myself for a very difficult subject matter: dementia and Alzheimer’s disease are not exactly the happiest of topics, especially when it hits so close to home (both my parents have been diagnosed with dementia). But as the film gods would have it, something very inspiring […]

Cost of Music vs. Prescriptions

“…it was borderline revolutionary when social worker Dan Cohen discovered that playing Alzheimer’s patients beloved songs of their youth could bring their memories and personalities to the surface in a way that no drug ever has. It’s a cost-effective solution that is largely disregarded by the health care-industrial complex, a deeply dysfunctional system in which […]

How A Long-Term Care Facility Brings Music to Residents

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Tapping your toes. Rocking your body. Humming or even singing along to the tune. They’re all common reactions to hearing a familiar song. Those are the signs staff at Welland long-term care facilities are hoping to see in dementia patients following a recent donation of 55 iPods and headphone sets. The $4,000 donation, a joint […]

Program offers music to soothe dementia


by Johanna Ginsberg NJJN Staff Writer June 12, 2013 Marcia Valese helped her husband Steve, 56, put on his headphones on a patio at the Daughters of Israel nursing home in West Orange. As he listened on an iPod to a playlist she had compiled — songs by country favorites like Brad Paisley and Rascal Flatts […]

Azheimer Society of Toronto’s iPod Project Study Finds Personalized Music Benefits Caregivers, Too


Researcher Dr. Paul Williams with Sabrina McCurbin, AST iPod Project Coordinator The evidence continues to mount: Musical favorites can bridge the divide between hopeless isolation and joyful social engagement for people with Alzheimer’s and other dementias and cognitive challenges. According to a March 2014 evaluation of the Alzheimer Society of Toronto’s (AST) iPod Project, benefits […]

Alive Inside


Alive Inside “Like music—and life itself—this movie was made to be shared with other people.” Read filmmaker Michael Rossato-Bennett’s exclusive letter to Landmark Theatres …on the transformative power of music: Alive Inside   by director Michael Rossato-Bennett Four years ago, I met a man named Dan Cohen who was launching what started out as […]

Playing for time: Can music stave off dementia?


(CNN) — At 101, Frank Iacono still plays the violin. The concertmaster for the Providence Civic Orchestra of Senior Citizens in Rhode Island, he particularly enjoys playing polkas and jigs. “It keeps my mind active, and it gives me a lot of pleasure,” Iacono said. The orchestra’s executive director and co-founder, Vito Saritelli, said Iacono […]