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Posted on Jul 17, 2014 10:26 am
Music has been associated with a vast array of superpowers, and it seems as if curing dementia can easily be added to the list.
Rock It Out Blog recently sat down with "Alive Inside" documentary authors Michael Rossato-Bennett and Dan Cohen, who shared vivid experiences from their filming journeys and researches.
Music therapy is generally considered as one of the most common AD treatments, increasing social interaction of the patient and decreasing wandering. The key to its effectiveness is believed to be the fact that music reduces agitation by altering the patient's perception of noise.
"Dan brought in the first person in nursing home, this man named henry, who was just literally [slouched] like this, and had been like that for 10 years," Michael kicked off. "And then we brought in music, put it on, and he literally came alive.
"His soul bursted out. Music has the power to awake stuff inside of us like nothing else can, a part of our being that we don't actually have vocabulary for - the serious part of our being that isn't our personality, that isn't our memory, it goes way back to our pre-history," the director continued.
"A human baby will respond to rhythm, an orangutan will not. Music is something we created and made part of our minds. And it's still there in people who have dementia, who people think have nothing to give. Deep down inside of them there's tremendous life waiting to be awaken," he concluded.
As for the documentary itself, the movie won a vast array of awards, one of them being the Audience Award at this year's Sundance Festival. Check out the video below for more or visit the film's official website.