"Inspired by Alive Inside"
This is just one of the hundreds of stories that have been inspired by "Alive Inside."
For Fran's story click here.
This story is about an AMAZING woman named Bernadette, a University professor, and musician in Mexico City.
Bernadette used the FREE Alive Inside tools to start her own "Inspired by Alive Inside" Empathy Revolution at her University.
We believe the practice of connecting with elders should be part of every youth's education.
This is one of the core ideas behind the Alive Inside Comm-University and is featured in "Alive Inside 2".
Seeing people taking action on their own makes us incredibly happy-
it gives us faith in the future and the next generation.
Just listen to these young voices- we are sure it will fill you with hope too!
STUDENT TESTIMONIALS FROM MEXICO CITY
“This Practice helped me understand it is important to help the elderly remember good things and get away, a little bit, from their complicated situations.
The experience has been amazing. I've seen my elder excited to hear the songs that relate to her, her father, or her brother, (they are no longer alive.)
Through the memories the songs spark, we have been able to dig a little bit deeper, to resolve unresolved issues or at least try to.
I leave with a very happy experience, very happy to be able to help them in this way.
I would like this to be everywhere- it can help all the elderly at some point in their life”.
- Juan Carlos Blancafort Heredia, Psychology student, Mexico
We recently watched Marian, an Ibero University student, sit with Violeta an abandoned elder and return to her the life she had given up on.
This was our dream for "Alive Inside" realized!
Mariana visited Violeta for 14 weeks- Amazing.
During that time she began to smile and dance again, her diabetes reversed,
and she found a boyfriend (he is 84!)
Without your help, Violeta would have died alone and in despair.
Instead, she transitioned, feeling warm and loved.
“I have witnessed a miracle.
Although she had a terrifying childhood, she doesn't let that stop her.
She's the most resilient person I know.
"ALIVE INSIDE" has also given me strength I need in my own life.
I dream someday the conception that people with Alzheimer's are annoying or distant- can be eradicated.
I hope that people can realize they are people who have a lot yet to enjoy in life.
Being part of "ALIVE INSIDE" I realized a person, like my elder, who was tremendously closed, did not talk to anyone, and was very aggressive;
when given music- could dance, sing and be open with me.
This is an experience I would never have had if not for "ALIVE INSIDE."
I am very grateful to Bernadette, our teacher, for doing this Empathy Revoloution in Mexico."
- Andrea Marian Bottle Leon, Mexico
“My experience in ALIVE INSIDE has been one of personal growth.
Actually, I was not sure of working with this population, but I have learned a lot and grown a lot as a person.
I've changed my ideas and stereotypes.
It is amazing to see how a person who is very deteriorated, while listening to music, can hear moments of their youth, and their childhood."
- Lucia Fragoso Carrizosa, Mexico
“I want to thank "ALIVE INSIDE." It has been so great, so full of opportunities that enriched me as a person, and as a student of psychology.
Above all, it let me work with people, who can teach you about the areas of life you have not yet lived.
It is an honor to work with people so pleasant, so keen to live, despite the fact they have had very bad experiences.
The truth is, I will not lie, I will not say that this experience has been easy.
I have felt so many feelings; from happiness, to frustration, to courage, but happiness predominates.
It has been an experience that has made me grow, and taught me that life has more important things in it than we think”.
- Paulina Gonzalez Luna Ruiz, Mexico
“In this practice, I've seen how music can help a person with illness, to remember moments they normally cannot remember.
My elder has dementia but when I put on a mariachi song that her mother played for her when she was 12 years old, she starts to move.
I could see she remembered the moments she had, with the mariachis”.
- Andrea Gonzalez Marquez, Mexico
"My experience in this practice has been very shocking - I had no idea music could change the quality of elders´ lives.
We observed old people who did not speak, had lost their memory, and could not relate with other people, suddenly remember the songs they sang, and how they danced in their youth.
They recognized the singers and remembered how happy they were at that stage in their lives.
I am very grateful for this practice and the opportunity to help elders, to change their lives while they are still alive.
I have changed a lot with the work we have done with these elders and with the "ALIVE INSIDE" ideas.
I was very afraid to work with elders but seeing music change them so much, motivated me.
Now, I would like to work more with elders and believe that this idea should be extended to the whole world.
I feel very fortunate to be part of the "ALIVE INSIDE" Empathy Revolution in Mexico.
- Camila Ibarra Robles, Mexico
"At the beginning, when I first came, she did not remember any songs.
Now, when I come, she asks me to give specific songs to her.
At the beginning, she did not sing, she listened, but she did not sing.
Now, that she has been listening to the songs she liked every week; she has improved her memory.
She is remembering the pieces and enjoying them, both the lyrics and the melody.
Now, she talks more. We have a very good bond.
Since the practice started, I have had comments from the nurses, and from the people who help her, all very positive.
This has changed her, I think she has been improving her life.
Every time I arrive she says, "I´m waiting for the person that comes to visit me every 8 days."
That phrase always makes me feel good, since she is almost 100 years old and does not remember much.
Now she remembers that every Tuesday “someone” is going to visit her and listen to music with her.
"ALIVE INSIDE has been a new experience for me." Although I have a very good relationship with my grandparents, I have never had relationships with other older people.
This has changed me. Rosita and I, although we are not from the same time, now we share songs.
Somehow, we both enjoy this and have learned something from it."
- Andrea Muciño Agis Maria, Mexico