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New Film Documents Benefits of Music Therapy on Alhzeimer's Patients

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Apr 11, 2012

"Music imprints itself on the brain deeper than any other human experience. Music evokes emotion and emotion can bring with it memory." --- Alive Inside: A Story of Music and Memory

The new film, Alive Inside, aims to encourage widespread adoption of music therapy programs in nursing homes. Filmmaker Michael Rossato-Bennet follows Dan Cohen---a social worker and executive director of Music & Memory---through his journey of using music to "reawaken" Alzheimer's patients "lost" to dementia. Rossato-Bennet says of his experience making the film:

"I saw the saddest thing in the world; another person who's spark has gone out and conversely, the greatest joy - witnessing human awakening. No project I have ever worked on has changed me as much as this story. It is my hope that this film awakens people's hearts and helps make it possible to bring music to those in nursing homes, people who don't even know how deeply they need music's gifts."

The film's first screening is April 18-21 at the Rubin Museum of Art in New York City.  Visit the Rubin Museum website to watch the trailer and learn more.

Visit the Music and Memory website to watch excerpts from the film.

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