Change lives and ourselves!

Making "Alive Inside" opened our eyes to the power of Music and Human Connection, to awaken forgotten souls- including our own.  Making the film, we discovered when a youth reaches out with music to an elder with cognitive challenges, there can be an 'awakening' for both. Today, many youth are losing many of the human connection skills that sustained us for millennia, and many elders are forgotten. We can change this! Join Us. Wake another and wake yourself!

Teachers, community volunteers, caregivers, concerned citizens- we invite you to use our films, our journeys, our tools and free community-created educational resources to change lives! There are 46 million elders living with Alzheimer's, 100 million lost kids, 100 million caregivers - all of them need to feel more alive and connected!  Music is not a "cure," but it is a teacher.  We can learn from music, story and human connection- 

Click here to see youth waking elders!

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

Tools for connection

Community Elders, Wise Moms and Teachers

Educational materials

The "Empathy Revolution Service Learning Guide" will help you become an agent of change for your elders, kids and community- and spark your own Empathy Revolution!  These free community-created resources help teachers and students understand and teach about aging, dementia, music, the brain, the role of story, empathy and the epidemic of youth and elder disconnection our world is facing.  It offers ways to rethink aging, safety and eldercare.

Included are tools to do-

  • Community screenings of "Alive Inside" and other inspiring films.
  • Experiential exercises to help youth experience the "empathy deficit" sweeping modern life.  These exercises inspire youth to regain "human and self connection skills" that many youth seem to be 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, Story practices, Self and Field awareness and Purpose development.

We believe it's time to stop treating our elders, kids and planet as "things!"  It's time to re-learn how to be "with," to "listen" to our elders, ourselves, and- life itself!  AIF wants to inspire you to take a journey of transformation! 

The Alive Inside APP - As shown in "Alive Inside," music, movies, and stories from childhood can restore memory and a sense of "self" for those living with Alzheimer's disease. Putting a youth before a cognitively challenged elder and exploring their music, history and stories can be a rare moment of transformational education. We will all get old someday. "Alive Inside" illustrates why we think everyone should make a list of the music they love!  To help you, we developed the free- Alive Inside APP! Find your "Alive Inside" music.

More than that, Music and Empathy are containers for deep human wisdom. Many want Music to be a "drug." Music is not a "drug" or an "institutional intervention."  "Personalized music" as a "drug" is another misguided panacea for the problems of eldercare.  We must think deeper.  

Music is a language.  It is the way we talk to each other, without words, about being alive!  If we see our elders and ourselves as "Alive" we can fix the problems found in American nursing homes.

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

If you know an elder living without means let us know. Our generous donors have donated a limited number of "All-in-One Memory Players" for them.  It is our dream to eventually give away One Million "Memory Players."


Youth and Adult volunteers - we need you!

Graphic Artists, Lawyers, Music makers, Project Leaders and Filmmakers- We need you!  

AIF does not work in institutions.  AIF has a special concern for the 4 million elders living at home with Alzheimer's here in the US.

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