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"Alive Inside" comes to Ohio with Columbus premiere Sept. 4, 2014
Award-winning documentary explores the healing power of music for people with dementia

Aug. 14, 2014

"Alive Inside" is a film by Michael Rossato-Bennett that explores the power that music can have to reconnect people with dementia to the world around them. The film follows Dan Cohen, the founder and executive director of Music & Memory, a nonprofit organization that promotes the use of personalized music to improve the lives of the elderly and infirm. The film won the 2014 Sundance Audience Award and premieres in Ohio at the Drexel Theatre on Thursday, Sept. 4, 2014.

The film's Ohio debut will include a Talk-Back panel following the 7pm screening, featuring national and state experts on dementia and gerontology. Panelists include:

  • Salli Bollin, MSW, executive director of the Alzheimer's Association, Northwest Ohio Chapter
  • Bonnie K. Burman, Sc.D., director of the Ohio Department of Aging
  • Dan Cohen, MSW, founder and executive director of Music & Memory
  • Peter J. Whitehouse, M.D., Ph.D., professor of medicine (Neurology) Case Western Reserve University and the University of Toronto.

Please register for the Sept. 4 screening and Talk-Back by contacting Emilia Jackson at ejackson@age.ohio.gov or 614-466-1055 by noon on Tuesday, Sept. 2. Tickets are on sale now at www.Drexel.net, by phone at 614-231-1050 or at the Drexel Theatre box office (2254 E. Main St.).

Columbus Dispatch: Music helps ease dementia's grip

A key component of the Music & Memory program is the use of digital music players, like iPods, to play music for people with dementia. Personalized playlists include songs from the individual's past, which have been shown to improve their connection to the present.

The Drexel Theatre will be collecting gently used iPods in the lobby throughout the film's run for donation to Music & Memory. Donated iPods will be sent directly to residents in certified nursing homes.

Check out the video clip that went viral with seven million views!

Learn more about Music & Memory in Ohio and stay tuned for information on other Ohio screenings of "Alive Inside."

'Alive Inside' screening and Talk-Back event, Sept. 4, 2014, 7 p.m.

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