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 is the founder and owner of Kind Dining®, which she began in 2006. She’s traveled across the country and Canada working with and training senior living communities that want to create an exceptional dining experience for their residents and staff. In addition, she certifies select professionals in her Kind Dining® philosophy and provides tools, now in an eLearning format, that make learning stick and help people put insights into action. As a result of her work, clients often share their staff has a new sense of purpose, get along better and keep their focus and energy on what matters most. In fact, she wrote a book, Hospitality for Boomers on how to attract residents and keep good team members. In her free time, she enjoys walking Oregon trails and cheering on her favorite soccer teams, the Portland Thorns and Timbers.

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