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, throughout the film music is shared independently by many people. 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, staff training, 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 would be betraying the themes presented in 'Alive Inside."
That is why, AIF provides FREE open-source tools designed to inspire the world to follow the ancient Practices of sharing music and human connection as tools for awakening. We believe we are all experts in music and connection.
In our opinion, the for-profit model of Eldercare is not healthy on a mass scale. The time has come to make Eldercare more humane. Population and economic forces are already forcing unprecedented changes and rethinking. Music and the Arts have been primary human teachers and social organizers since the dawn of our awareness. Their Practice ignites empathy, community and connection. They have more to teach us than we culturally or institutionally allow. By following the wisdom contained in Music and Human Connection we are creating new visions for Communal Safety, Eldercare and Youth Education. Music cannot be owned by anyone. Too long we have confused disconnection with safety. We must change the very 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, and the Practice of Human Connection- please sign up here.
We can do better and become better at the same time.