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Alzheimer's Patients Experience Miracles Through Music In 'Alive Inside'
February 28, 2017
For anyone who has experienced the devastating effects of Alzheimer's disease and/or memory loss, the trailer for the documentary "Alive Inside" is a must-watch. The film, whose trailer hit YouTube on June 6, 2014, portrays the transformative power of music on those afflicted by dementia, proving that true healing often transcends the simple prescription of medication. In fact, sometimes all you need is a pair of headphones to strike the long-forgotten emotional chords of those lost in the fog of Alzheimer's.
According to its website, the film "chronicles the astonishing experiences of individuals around the country who have been revitalized through the simple experience of listening to music" and follows social worker Dan Cohen's journey "as he fights against a broken healthcare system to demonstrate music’s ability to combat memory loss and restore a deep sense of self to those suffering from it." Rather than focus solely on the physical aspects of Alzheimer's disease, this documentary proves just how powerful it can be to reach through to people's souls.
The Alzheimer's Association explains that Alzheimer's disease is the most common form of dementia, and while there is currently no cure for it, "drug and non-drug treatments may help with both cognitive and behavioral symptoms." Yet "Alive Inside" looks outside the box, providing a remarkable glimpse into the power of music to remind patients who they are and where they come from. Not only are the testimonies seen within this trailer tear-jerking, but they may serve as a source of hope for so many who have personally endured the heartbreaking effects of this unforgiving medical condition.