Thoughts After Viewing “Alive Inside”


Above is a short youtube that ignited the full feature film

Thoughts After Viewing

The Full Film “Alive Inside”

Well I surely was not disappointed!  This is a fun and powerful documentary which will significantly impact most every soul that takes the time to watch it no matter what age.  I was correct in thinking I would be brought to tears by the simplicity and beauty of music.  With only two tissues in my purse I managed to get by.  The passion and drive to make a difference, the effects to not only those with dementia using the iPods, but the energy and joy that was shared captured all who where in the room.  These $40 miracle machines rejuvenated souls and ignited conversations long lost, yet we can not get them paid for.  Instead our society would rather pay for a $1,000/month drug which quiets the mind and does not have a positive impact on engagement and life in general. This we need to change.  I’m sure you will be amazed at what you see the simplicity and power of it.

Please take time to watch this film. 

If you have an old ipod you can donate it or support the project by making a monetary donation.  More information is listed below.

A Magical Film About

Dementia & Music


“I am so excited to go see this award winning documentary today with my good friend, Sara Barsel.  We are both passionate about changing the worlds perception of dementia and improving services to those dealing with it.  I’ve seen the trailers which are so powerful it’s almost impossible for a person not to be touched.

I will bring my kleenex with not because I will be sad, but for the joy that will seep out of me as I watch.  I encourage everyone to check out the “Alive Inside” website so you can see this film when it comes to your area.  It’s a shame it’s not in ever theater around the world, but with your help in raising awareness of the film and the power it has to help inspire so many maybe, just maybe it will be some day soon!”  

Lori La Bey Founder of Alzheimer's Speaks

Lori La Bey Founder of Alzheimer’s Speaks

and daughter of a mother who

had dementia 30 years.

Alive Inside is a joyous exploration of our relationship with music and how it can re-awaken our souls to discover the deepest parts of humanity. This stirring documentary follows social worker Dan Cohen as he fights against a broken health care system to demonstrate music’s ability to combat memory loss in patients with Alzheimer’s and dementia, and return a deep sense of self to those suffering from it. Through illuminating conversations with experts such as renowned neurologist Oliver Sacks and musician Bobby McFerrin, and astonishing experiences with patients around the country, revitalized by their love of music, filmmaker Michael Rossato-Bennett has crafted an uplifting, feel-good cinematic experience that sweeps audiences up in its inspirational and moving story. Winner of the Audience Award for Best Documentary at the 2014 Sundance Film Festival, Alive Inside leaves viewers humming, clapping and cheering. Official Web Site

Trailer to the movie Alive Inside

News feature on Alive Inside

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4 Replies to “Thoughts After Viewing “Alive Inside””

  1. We helped promote the Kansas City premier of the film and had a marvelous experience last night with a sold-out house. It was thrilling to be laughing, crying, sighing, hoping with others as we watched this masterful and world-changing documentary. This film served as a catalyst for our Alzheimer’s Association launching a Music & Memory program.

  2. I was blessed to see this film a few weeks ago. I followed its progress for months and drove three hours to see it. I blubbered through most of it – weeping for joy to see these spirits reawakened. The film demonstrated what I have known a long time, that people living with ADRD have love and beauty locked up inside of them that exceeds what we with our busy minds intact can muster much of the time. I was not the same person when I left that theatre! Thanks for highlighting the film here, Lori! I believe it is coming out on Hulu, Netflix, etc in October – that’s the estimate the filmmaker has given.

    1. HI Gail
      Thanks so much for your comment. I can’t wait until it is available on Hula… That will be incredible! When you hear specific please let me know. I’d love to push it out hear on the blog too!


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