Music, Magic, and Being Alive Inside

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It’s National Assisted Living Week and National Center for Assisted Living (NCAL) has chosen “The Magic of Music” as the theme this year to showcase the integral role that music plays in assisted living residences every day.

When heard the theme, right away I thought of the documentary Alive Inside. Have you seen it? I have not, but I want to. It won a 2014 Sundance Film Festival Audience Award for it’s joyous exploration of music’s capacity to revitalize elder adults, helping them combat memory loss and regain their sense of self. It follows the work of Dan Cohen and his nonprofit organization Music & Memory.

I first heard about this project when “Henry’s Story” was released. Watch this :

And here’s the official trailer for for the completed film:

Have you been able to see Alive Again? What were your impressions? Leave me a note in the comments section!


About Cindy Heilman

Cindy Heilman MS, DTR: Cindy Heilman has over 25 years of experience in enhancing hospitality, and food service standards. She is the CEO of her own company, Higher Standards LLC, and creator of Kind Dining® Training. Her unique background in restaurant ownership, in hospitality and healthcare food service, in working as a Dietetic Technician Registered and Healthcare Specialist at SYSCO Foodservices, led her to the development of her exclusive program that improves relationships and lives of aging residents through the dining experience.

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