IMAGINE Magazine-Spring2016 - Page 20

PEACE OF MIND Music as Medicine: A Gateway to Memory by Ryan Zepp H ave you ever heard a song that instantaneously transported you back to specific moments of your life? With all of its associated sounds, visuals, and feelings, this is a nostalgic excursion that we all take throughout our lives. The documentary film, Alive Inside, follows social worker and founder of the nonprofit organization Music & Memory (, 20 IMAGINE l SPRING 2016 Dan Cohen, as he demonstrates how a song that holds special meaning for a person with Alzheimer’s or another form of dementia can serve as an effective treatment by reconnecting them with memories that support their own self-identity in the midst of it fading away. For filmmaker Michael Rossato-Bennett, what began as a one-day project turned into a three-year journey with Dan to bring awareness to personalized music