Alive Inside: Brain Health & Technology
August 28 @ 5:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Music. Emotion. Memories. It all comes together in the insightful and stirring documentary, Alive Inside. Watch firsthand the magic that results when a person with advanced dementia hears a favorite song.
Directed and produced by Michael Rossato-Bennett, this film has won numerous awards. It tracks the efforts of social worker Dan Cohen, through his nonprofit organization, Music and Memory, as he advocates the use of IPods as personalized music therapy for dementia patients. At first appearance, the patients we meet are alive physically but it is questionable what, if anything, remains within them. Through music, we see the inner person emerge and embrace the world with joy and enthusiasm. Without realizing it, you, too, will share the thrill of life as seen through the prism of music.
Panelists include: Roberta Rimbault, MS, Petr Janata, PhD and Mandy Salomon, PhD. Rimbault is the author of Mindful Connections: A Sensory Appreciation for Music. She is also a health educator specializing in services that optimize conditions in which to age well, a commissioner on the El Dorado County Commission on Aging and a past member of the California Alzheimer’s Task Force Subcommittee on Education and Awareness. Janata is a Professor in the Psychology Department and Center for Mind and Brain at UC Davis and has done extensive research on how the human brain engages with music. He has pioneered psychological and brain research examining musical situations that elicit strong emotional experiences, such as music-evoked remembering or being in the groove. Salomon founded Mentia in 2017, whose mission is to provide creative digital therapies that support the wellbeing of people with dementia and their care companions anywhere anytime and at an affordable price. She holds a Ph.D. that establishes links between new media theory and cultural gerontology, an M.A. in Media & Communication and a B.A. in Drama & Visual Arts. Solomon has a rich history in creative production in various media.
“Leveraging technology to better the lives of seniors and their loved ones is what Aging 2.0 is all about,” explains Keri Vogtmann, leader of the Sacramento chapter. Headquartered in San Francisco, Aging 2.0 helps entrepreneurs realize their dreams of helping seniors and family caregivers through innovative uses of technology. Chapters around the world help educate people about existing and potential products and services. “It was such a logical fit for the Sacramento chapter to host Alive Inside,” said Vogtmann. “Sometimes existing technology applied in a unique way is all it takes to make a huge difference.
Tickets are $10.00 at the door but range from $2.00 – $8.00 if purchased in advance: Get Tickets Here.
Sponsors who made this program possible include Interim Healthcare Hospice, SensorSAFE, Revere Court, Elder Services Management and chapter supporter Genesis Rehab Services.
“Alive Inside is appropriate for all ages, regardless if you’ve had experience with someone who has dementia or not,” observed Vogtmann. “It’s a riveting movie that can be watched many times. And each time you see it, you’ll be inspired all over again!”