What is Alive Inside.org?


Alive Inside.Org is a non-profit dedicated to improving life for elders living with demantia, their caregivers and their community. 
We create open-source tools for expanding human connection and intergenerational empathy.
We empower communities to create meaningful, shared experiences that bring the generations together and awaken innate wisdom and aliveness.  
We share technologies like The Alive Inside App, the "Memory Player" Headset, The Life Story App, the Alive Inside Together Learning Guides, Thrive Centers, and Certification programs, all dedicated to inspiring human connection in an open-source manner.

What is the Alive Inside "Thrive" Philosophy?

  • Both Young, Old, and Caregivers need to be more alive inside.

  • Anthropologists have observed, some of our deep, communal social skills seem to be diminishing, skills that have been central to human survival for millennia. 

  • The Alive Inside "Thrive" Journey is intended to be transformational and help us recover our deep human wisdom.

  • We create purpose by empowering youth to transform the lives of elders, and vice versa. 
    In the process expanding empathy and emotional intelligence for the whole community. This journey investigates aging, the brain, embodied being, human connection, self-reflection, empathy, dementia awareness, and looks at new ways to meet our emerging future.

What will 'Alive Inside Thrive Certification' give to a community?


Love in your heart and the desire to connect. 

AIF believes that we must all expand our Empathy Skills and Emotional Intelligence to meet the future that is emerging.  
The assumptions of the past are outmoded and do not serve us or the biosphere.  Facing life and death is the way we become wise as humans.  We need to disrupt eldercare and to help the next generation to be wise.

The 'Alive Inside Thrive Certification' program will increase enrichment for residents, morale for
staff and revenue for the community. 

The pilot program is simple to implement, easy to manage, and designed to:

 Increase resident enrichment.
 Promote teamwork.
 Recognize all staff and reward some.
 Increase team morale.
 Increase occupancy, and revenue and decrease employee turnover.

If you would like to be considered for this pilot program,
reach out to AIF Co-Director, Maisie Shannon-Bowe
[email protected]

Who are the elders?


Your neighbor, your grandmother, your aunt, anyone who life has rendered lonely.  
Loneliness is a huge problem for elders in America. This is actually a disgrace. 

 (Healthcare providers looking to implement an institutional iPod program- please contact Music & Memory.)

Is there Training?

  • Yes! We share FREE community-created, educational materials and tools we call 'The Alive Inside Thrive Journey.'
    We want to help youth leaders, teachers, religious leaders, volunteers, and communities make life better for our elders and all of us.

  • We have courses and are developing more online courses for students and volunteers.  

Why is Alive Inside doing this?

  • Making the film, 'Alive Inside ' showed us the power of music, story, and human connection.
    Today, too many elders, youth, and towns are stagnating in isolation and disconnection.
    Many modern youth never interact with elders or get to truly give in a substantial way.
    We want to encourage growth and connection in both young, old, and in communities.

  • A tidal wave of change is coming- Alive Inside believes the ancient technologies of music,
    empathy and connection are the tools needed to meet our future.

How do you use the Alive Inside Memory Player headphones?


Here are instructions for the Memory Player.

If you still have a problem reach out to a volunteer at [email protected]

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