Documentary features healing power of music at free screening at the Center for the Arts in Grass Valley | TheUnion.com

Documentary features healing power of music at free screening at the Center for the Arts in Grass Valley

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The Music & Memory program helps non-verbal dementia patients through discovering positive memories by listening to songs from their past.

The public is invited to a free screening of "Alive Inside," a documentary that explores the transformative impact of music on people living with a diagnosis of dementia or other cognitive disorders.

The award winning documentary follows the journey of social worker Dan Cohen, the creator of the national Music & Memory program which helps non-verbal dementia patients re-ignite positive memories as they listen to familiar songs from their past.

The screening is sponsored by the California Association of Health Facilities with support from Music & Memory and Tuneswork, a Sacramento based non-profit dedicated to raising money for therapeutic music programs.

Any proceeds donated at the "Alive Inside" screening event will be used to expand the Music & Memory program at Nevada County memory care communities. In addition a Benefit Concert for Music & Memory will be held at the Center For The Arts on Saturday, April 7, with Steelin' Dan and the Rayos.

Created in 2008, the Music & Memory program provides personalized music to people with dementia in thousands of long-term care facilities in the U.S. and Canada. In California, a $1.4 million state grant administered by California Association of Health Facilities, is delivering the Music & Memory program to 300 skilled nursing homes, providing music to more than 4,000 elderly patients.

Music & Memory support groups are encouraging community involvement to increase the presence of music in long-term care settings. Suggestions include conducting an iPod drive, holding a concert, collecting used CDs, raising money for iTunes gift cards and seeking support from local artists, choral clubs, and music programs at local schools.

KNOW & GO

WHAT: “Alive Inside”

WHEN: Doors open at 1 p.m. and the event starts at 2 p.m. Sunday

WHERE: Center For The Arts, Off Center Stage, 315 Richardson Street, Grass Valley

COST: Free. Donations accepted

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