Victims of Alzheimer's Are Given Hope With Memories - Page 2
Three months ago, a clip from the film currently in the final stages of post-production, went viral on the internet commanding 6.4 million views in just four days. In the clip, we meet Henry, a 94-year old dementia patient unable to recognize his daughter or even remember how many daughters he has.
However, after listening to music from his past, he “awakens” almost instantly and is seemingly brought back to life.
Since the clip from the film went viral, Dan’s organization, Music & Memory, and Alive Inside’s production team have received an immeasurable amount of attention and requests to either implement the personalized-music programs into specific long-term care facilities or to screen the film to stakeholders and decision makers in palliative care field.
As a result of screening the film to a group of senior hospital administrators and clinicians at the New York City Health and Hospital Corporation, the municipal healthcare system decided to pilot Dan’s program for 3,000 of its patients.
One of the biggest reasons why the growing threats of Alzheimer’s and dementia is a blatant disregard for the elderly.
“There’s an issue of ageism. I’ve read stories where high school kids were asked to write about their viewpoints of old people – it’s surprising to see how kids view old people as being less of a person than they are. It’s very said.” Dan said.
“As a consciousness, we’ve sort of attempted to turn our back on aging – and things that scare us like dementia. So, what we’ve done is we’ve created this enormous population of people that are being treated more as objects and as patients than as human beings. We have created this desert of aliveness. I think that’s why when Dan went in, he brought music. When you bring something personal, you’re really recognizing them as alive. When you give that to people they wake up, they feel seen, and they feel alive. Because there people were living in a strange world where they were being treated as hospital patients for the entire end of their lives.” Michael said.Continued on the next page