MUSIC & MEMORY
The documentary "Alive Inside," partially funded by The Shelley and Donald Rubin Foundation, followed numerous visionaries in Health Care, including Dan Cohen, director of the non-profit organization Music & Memory. Since the film's release and resulting publicity, Music & Memory has expanded it's institutional implementation of iPods from 56 nursing homes to over 3000 nursing homes. "Alive Inside" is thrilled to be part of the success of Music and Memory. In "Alive Inside" M&M is the entity depicted in the Film doing the "Personalized Music Implementation." However, also in the film music is shared independently. M&M was not involved in the "Personalized Music" used in music venues, community dances, tribal celebrations, "at home" with some of the elders with dementia, and of course, the in-utero examples of music's effect on humans. AIF believes all music is "personal."
The Alive Inside Foundation is not involved in institutional implementation of iPods, nor does it serve the Healthcare market with iPods as Music & Memory does. AIF does not charge for training or "certification." Nursing Homes interested in implementing iPod programs may contact Music and Memory here.
The Alive Inside Foundation, and the filmmakers behind "Alive Inside" believe the present Eldercare system must profoundly change. To accomplish this we are working to ignite an "Empathy Revolution." We must do more than bring music to nursing homes- we must change the ways our culture experiences life, connection and aging. To accept anything less for our team would be betraying the themes presented in 'Alive Inside."
To that end, AIF provides FREE open-source tools designed to inspire the world to use music and human connection as tools for awakening. We believe all of us are experts in music and connection.
In our opinion, the for-profit model of Eldercare is not healthy on a mass scale, and the time has come to make Eldercare more humane. This is already happening. The population and economic forces creating this change are multiplying daily. To further this mission, all AIF tools are created and distributed free, in an open-source manner. AIF believes Music, story and the arts have always been primary human teachers and social organizers since the dawn of human evolution. They were created to ignite empathy, community and connection and have more to teach us than we culturally or institutionally allow. By following their wisdom we are discovering new visions for Communal Safety, Eldercare and Youth Education. Music and Connection cannot be owned. Too long have we accepted disconnection as safety. We must change the way we face life and death for the sake of our elders, our youth and ourselves.
If you are an Educator, School Administrator, Community Leader, Musician, or Volunteer deeply passionate about music, empathy and changing the way humans find safety- please sign up here. Let's do good and become good at the same time.