January 2, 2015 – Happy News Years! I am hopeful that 2015 will be a great year for everyone! I appreciate each of you that have started reading my little Alzheimer’s blog.
Having shared with ya’ll previously about how Mama responded so positively to listening to Christian gospel music, I wanted to share two videos I found on blog.TheAlzheimersSite.com about how music reaches deep into the mind of an Alzheimer’s patient unlike most other interactions do. Seeing this happen is way better than me telling you it can happen so here it is!The uplifting new documentary “Alive Inside” has been described as “a joyous exploration into our relationship with music and how it can re-awaken our souls.” The film follows social worker Dan Cohen as he seeks to demonstrate music’s ability to combat memory loss and return a sense of self to those suffering from it. See heartwarming clips from the film in the trailer below! It will make you want to run out and do this now, it makes such a difference.
Watch and compare the differences of Dave’s mother’s personality before and after she is given opportunity to listen to music. A folk choir director for years, music has been important to this mother and her family. This son’s inspiration to reach his mother’s soul will amaze you and give you hope that there still is a little bit of your loved one inside of them, despite their Alzheimer’s. In case you miss the quick blurb that shows on the screen briefly, Dave’s mom’s communication at this point was limited to just four words. Watch what listening to songs she knows does to her ability to speak.
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