"School of Life"

So, you want to awaken souls, and use The Alive Inside App, learn about yourself, life, the mind and dementia?

Well, here is some advice from wise friends to help you become more empathetic, deeper and clearer.  Remember, any change in the world is dependent on the person trying to do the change!  So, first step is knowing who you are!- 

the meaning of life

What does it mean to do things that are meaningful, to have a meaningful life?  Well, our friends at the School of Life have some great thoughts on that subject.

How to become a better person

Ok, so The Alive Inside Movement involves communication, understanding and service, and it is our hope that this work helps you become a better person, at least in your own eyes-  It has helped us to feel that way, that is why we are doing this... 

On facing death

To be profoundly "Alive Inside" one must not hide from life and part of life is death.  The first step in many enlightenment practices is to face death.  Our culture hides from death.  Let's embrace the fact that we are mortals and make the best of it- together.  At the core of our work is recognizing and supporting the place in ourselves and others that is Alive Inside!

Roman Krznaric on Empathy

How does one increase one's Empathy?  Here is a wonderful article with some great advice by the philosopher- Roman Krznaric, (someone we deeply appreciate).  Here is his philosophy in a nutshell from the wonderful folks at RSA-

Dr. Brene' Brown on connecting

What is the best way to "Feel With" another?  Dr. Brene' Brown does a great job of explaining how, in order to connect with another, we must connect with something in ourselves.  Note the very last line of her talk!


Today, many youth feel cut off, disconnected and less alive than they want to feel.  They both love and hate the digital world and feel something is missing.  This is evidenced in the fact that teen suicide and drug related deaths are rising. Simon Sinek talks about how this epidemic of disconnection is affecting the Millennial generation.  We at Alive Inside believe that the experience of putting yourself in front of an elder with dementia and using music as connection is a great teaching moment.  Youth who are not connecting to themselves or others are missing out on the ancient human skills and conversations.  Sitting before an elder with dementia makes us face many of the things we run from in our culture- our own mortality, the nature of our own mind, the gift of life itself- we believe this journey can bring the youth that participate back into connection with each other, themselves and the web of life.  This is how we must face the emerging future- it is time to stop running!

How old is old?

What age do you consider to be old? We posed that question to millennials and asked them to show us what “old” looks like. Then we introduced them to some real “old” people. Watch what happens when folks let go of their outdated beliefs and embrace the idea that aging is not about decline - it’s about growth. Learn more about our efforts to #DisruptAging: 

Understand Alzheimer's Disease

We love this explanation of Alzheimer's disease from V-Sauce

The Journey of Dementia!

Dementia Care Expert Teepa Snow speaks on the Journey of being a Dementia Caregiver, she speaks about the importance of finding good resources, being prepared, and taking a breath and letting go when things get tough.  As an Alive Inside volunteer you get to give the gift of music and care. You get to give a small gift in a very hard journey for families!

Communicating with someone who's world is far different!

Teepa Snow is a wise teacher.  Here she discusses "Calming & Comforting a Person Living with Dementia" wit

Master mindfulness!

What if you could transform your relationship with your body, your mind, your fear, and courage, what if there were a way for you to gain wisdom and personal power, would you be interested in this?  All the kids involved in The Alive Inside Project are working with mastering mindfulness.  The young people featured in this video discuss their experiences practicing mindfulness, and how this practice has benefited different aspects of their lives.  The video also includes insights from health professionals and teachers.  Let us know what you learn?  

Carl Safina on the brains of animals

In this talk Carl Safina asks, "What's going on inside the brains of animals? Can we know what, or if, they're thinking and feeling?"  Just as human aging has wisdom for us about life, so does the rest of nature.  Using discoveries and anecdotes that span ecology, biology and behavioral science, our friend Carl Safina weaves together stories of whales, wolves, elephants and albatrosses to argue that just as we think, feel, use tools and express emotions, so too do all the other creatures – and minds – that share the Earth with us.

Why do you think we have included this talk and how does it apply to our aging and the "Alive Inside" mission?


Science, Song and Alzheimer's Disease

Alzheimer’s cases are growing at an alarming rate as our lifespan rapidly outpaces our “brainspan”. There are 5.4 million patients in the USA and as 71 million baby boomers head toward high risk age, Alzheimer’s could singlehandedly crush our healthcare system. The good news is that dozens of Alzheimer’s genes have been identified, and the opportunity for stopping this disease has never been greater. Rudy Tanzi discusses how he and others are doing just that. He is joined by chart-topping recording artist and actor Chris Mann for a performance of their anthem of hope, “Remember Me," that blazed the Internet in pursuit of a cure.

Dr. Rudy Tanzi, a Professor of Neurology at Harvard University and Massachusetts General Hospital and was named one of the TIME100 Most Influential People in the World in 2015 for his groundbreaking research on Alzheimer’s disease.

Chris Mann is a critically acclaimed recording artist and actor who has performed over 700 times as The Phantom in "The Phantom of the Opera" (Nat'l Tour) and on NBC's "The Voice".

Hello, World!


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