Igniting An Empathy Revolution!
Waking YOUng and old!

Making "Alive Inside" opened our eyes to the power Music and Human Connection have to wake forgotten souls.  Making the film, we stumbled on a magic that can happen when a youth reaches out an elder with cognitive challenges.  This "teaching moment" is rare in our culture.  It is a path to wisdom, to personal and even communal evolution.  Today, many youth are actually losing skills in human connection and many elders have been forgotten. We can change this.  We invite you to Join Us, and take your own journey of awakening! In waking another you might just wake yourself!

Teachers, community volunteers, caregivers, and just plain kind old souls- 
We want you to use our films, our journeys, and educational resources! There are 46 million elders living with Alzheimer's, 100 million lost kids, 100 million caregivers that need to feel more alive!  The only way to do this is with open source tools!

 Click here to see- youth waking elders!

(These clips were made as part of our next film - 'Alive Inside 2 (too!)')

Tools for connection

Community Elders, Wise Moms and Teachers-

Educational materials

The "Human Service Learning / Film Guide" will help you become an agent of change for your elders, kids and community and spark your own Empathy Revolution!  This 95 page Guide helps teachers and students understand aging, dementia, music the brain, and the epidemic of youth and elder disconnection. Included are tools to do-

  • Community screenings
  • Experiential exercises to help youth experience the "empathy deficit" sweeping modern life.  These exercises inspire youth to regain "human connection skills" many youth are losing.
  • Experiential exercises to help youth "walk a mile in the shoes" of elders and grow their empathy and emotional intelligence skills.
  • Self Discovery practices- Mindfulness, Music Education, Self and Field awareness and Purpose development.

We believe it's time to stop doing "to" and "for" our elders, kids and our planet!
 It's time to relearn how to do "with" elders, ourselves, and most important- life itself!  We want to inspire and support a journey of transformation for all involved. 

The Alive Inside APP - As shown in the film "Alive Inside," music from childhood can restore memory and a sense of "self" for those living with Alzheimer's and other dementias.  We have discovered, putting a youth before a cognitively challenged elder and finding their music can be a rare moment of transformational education. We should all find the music of those we love- just to be safe.  To help you, we developed the Alive Inside APP

Music holds deep human wisdom. Music is not a drug and and not an "institutional intervention."  We do not believe in "personalized music."  Music is not a "thing," there is only the music we love!   Music is a special language, it is the way we talk to each other, without words, about being alive!

Screening Guides for Teachers- Teachers can screen "Alive Inside" using the Teacher Toolkit and Viewing Guide

There are many elders living without the music they love and living without means.  If you know an elder in this situation- let us know.
Our generous donors have donated "All-in-One Memory Players" for them.  


Youth and Adult volunteers who want to spark an Empathy Revolution- we need you!

Graphic Artists, Lawyers, Music givers, Music makers, Project Leaders, Film lovers and Filmmakers- anyone interested in re-making aging and re-connecting our communities- We need you!  

AIF does not work in institutions.  AIF creates and shares empowering, transformative educational tools, designed to make a difference for the 46 million elders living with dementia and spark an Empathy Revolution in our next generation. Our primary concern is inspiring students to learn about life by helping the 4 million elders living at home with Alzheimer's here in the US.

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