The documentary film "Alive Inside" changed what we think is possible for elders living with Alzheimer's Dementia. We learned there is still a profound emotional "Aliveness" in them.  The film shows how Music and Human connection can awaken and transform life.  

At The Alive Inside Foundation we believe the Practice of sharing Music and Human Connection is ancient wisdom and has something for all of us. Music is more than just headphones on elders.  Music is part of the human "Empathy Revolution," one of human's primary inventions designed to bring us together as community.  AIF wants to spark an "Empathy Revolution" in both eldercare and youth education.  The increase in loneliness and the decrease of empathy in our culture is not good and must be reversed. AIF provides a forum for the creation of open-source Education, and Practices to insure a more humane and empathetic future, a better future for both aging and growing up! 

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Our Mission

The Alive Inside Foundation is a non-profit dedicated to inspiring an Empathy Revolution through education, inter-generational practices, music, technology and film. We empower local communities to create meaningful experiences that link the generations, transform the lives of elders and youth and expand aliveness globally. 



  1. Change the way aging is viewed and wisdom transference is experienced.
  2. Inspire youth to find value in aging and in connection with elders.
  3. Inspire the finding of purpose for youth.
  4. Fight an epidemic of loneliness, boredom, and disconnection in both Elders and youth.
  5. Improve communities and support humanistic values.
  6. Inspire new "Comm-University" (intergenerational learning) models for Eldercare.
  7. Help our youth give away 1 million headsets to elders-in-need living at home.



  1. Create the "Alive Inside" documentary. Show the world how:
    • Music can awaken the minds of elders with Alzheimer's disease
    • Music and human connection can provide a new safety-
    • Status: COMPLETE
  2. Ignite an Empathy Revolution for young and old by creating:
    • Empathy Practices that empower a million youth to help a million elders (at home, lonely and financially challenged): IN-PROCESS
    • Free Open Source Tools- The Alive Inside App! The Alive Inside Guides & Headphones for elders without means.  Status: COMPLETE! 
    • Open Source Education - Community created Experiential Education, Practices and Guides. Status: IN-PROCESS
    • Community Events - Alive Inside Community Screenings and workshops
    • Alive Inside Vision Quests- Youth & Corporate Service Learning Workshops. Status: IN-PROCESS
    • The Empathy Network Platform - a place to share and expand on all of the above. Status: IN-PROCESS
  3. Ignite an Empathy Revolution in Eldercare:
    • Inspire Eldercare to change from: elder storage, to: a place of communal learning-
    • Develop, Support and model the Alive Inside Comm-University. Status: IN-PROCESS
  4. Expand The Empathy Revolution with a follow-up film: 
    • 'Alive Inside 2'- this new film by the "Alive Inside" team addresses the cost of our present ways of thinking and explores a complete rethinking of Eldercare. Status: IN-PRODUCTION

Contact Us


The Alive Inside Foundation
237 Eldridge St. (GF)
New York, NY 10002



212.433.2734  ext. 601



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