I loved this movie so much. It perfectly captures the hopelessness of the elderly once the world economized and left them behind. The fact that they have such a loss of freedom, and their reaction to that loss of freedom, fascinated and troubled me.
I focused a lot on their eyes when the recognition/sensation hit them. In the case where they really zoomed in on her eyes and in several other situations, there seemed to be a very clear change in feeling. This change is even clearer when you look at their whole face. In the case of the big man and the women who had emotion, their strong emotions and subtle activeness was increased ten fold and their emotions become positive and even more real than they had been before. In elderly that had been lethargic or unable to move effectively, the sheer bouts of emotion that assailed them got them up on their feet or shaking with emotion, be it relief, fury, passion, joy or any other of wide spectrum.]
Overall, it was a positive and educating experience that truly shows the problems and solutions to care of the elderly in today's modern world and perhaps hints and the turning to a culture that respect and uses elderly as a resourse that all can appeal to, instead of something that has to be hidden away.
That is a really great insight how you focused on their eyes when they heard the music, you're making me want to watch it again just to see what you saw in their eyes.
I thought the movie was really interesting. I found it really cool how the elderly were basically unresponsive, and then they listened to music, and out of nowhere, they were talking nonstop about how much they loved the music. I never knew that music could make someone so happy and emotional at the same time. My Brookdale buddy says that music was never really important to him, but I think that he'll become happy and excited if he listened to his favorite song, which is Stardust. I really liked the movie, and even got a little teary eyed at one point.
I agree. I hope that when we play the music our buddies provided us it has a similar affect on them!
I found this movie to be both insightful and uplifting. The filmmaker struck a balance between the two effortlessly by showcasing the polar opposites of the types of patients that are housed in nursing homes and how effectively this music strategy worked in both. I have a few questions about the process- I am still unclear on when this took place and how much more "R&D" has been completed since then. I am also curious about how the lasting effects of the music trial have affected not only the patients, but their loved ones as well as the people around them.
In conclusion I would have to say my favorite part of the entire movie was when the old man tried every door as a means of escape. I found it to be hilarious but also sad- all these elderly people want is access to the outdoors. I wonder if, like the music, something from the outside world sparked their imagination about their childhood… This may be the next study in dementia!
That guy would just not accept that he was old! I agree that it is both sad and funny! :)
This movie actually gave me an overwhelming feeling of anxiety and fear. Growing old is not something I enjoy at all, I hate accepting the fact that I am growing up with each year that passes. This movie showed some of the reasons why it terrifies me so much.
One of the reason was being stuck in a retirement home, being left alone at a strange place with not family or friends. It would be terrible if I were to be put into a retirement home shaped like a hospital and never to be visited by my children again. It shows how alone and how broke these people are and how they are unable to take care of them selfs in any form and treated like children. It really shows how much western society just does not care about our elders and sees them more as a peak if anything. I do not want to be forgotten nor do I want to be thrown into a place like that and left to die.
Another reason, and the main reason it focused on, was the Dementia and Alzheimer’s. Losing the ability to look back into your life by closing your eyes and seeing all the fun you lived through over the years would be awful. Forgetting how to tie a shoe at 70 that your learned to do when you where 3 is embarrassing. I want to be able to look back and remember very clear details on my life, I want my grandkids to come to me and ask me about my childhood and be able to tell them all about it.
This film made me nervous about losing my mind as I grow older, growing older is not something I want. I want to experience life but I do not want to grow old and die, it seems so cruel. Like life is a game that teases us until our last breath, this movie only made that more clear to me.
I completely agree. The idea of ageing terrifies me, especially if all I have to look forward to is a nursing home. I also don't want the old version of me to forget the person that I am now. That would mean I would be effectively dead.
While watching I felt similarly in the sense of not wanting to age, as americans we all seem to share that fear.
This movie, like the music, evoked such a variety of emotions. At time is was funny, sad and I wanted to cry, and other times it was happy and uplifting. The movie showed a harsh reality and a kinder one as will. It showed how the homes ended up looking like hospitals, and no person should end up somewhere other than their home. Much less a hospital in environment, sanitized, white, sick, and death. NO one should have to be forced into a place they don't want and then be forgotten about. The other extreme was the children care and the older folk was living in a place that looked like a home. However in both extremes they older folks forget themselves, their past, presents, and hopes for future.
To help them the movie presented this idea; music was the key to unlocking these people. To most this seem probably crazy and a "waste of time try to help a persons who has not much time left". It was what they needed and more. I found it so amazing that they started to remember who they once were. I wonder if that could work this patients with amnesia.
I loved this movie so much over all and I hope that we could maybe help to continue this project that the film showed. I enjoyed how it was easy to understand an kind of relate to, we all have family or now know someone in these homes and can see what it is doing to them. It also made me fear what my elderly will be like, will they be happy surrounded by family or by stingers in a strange place.
The film showed that there are other ways of helping the elderly by giving them music and helping revive there spirits. it also showed the struggle of getting t a grant for his type of "treatment". It shocked me that it is easier to get money for pills then for music.
First I thought that it was sad because the people are put into homes and not regularly visited and secondly that because of that they start to loose there spirit and go into there shell more and more till they are like veggies. Then i though that it was happy because the music brought back memories that were lost, and they were active and no longer like veggies. I thought that it was adorable how they became lively when they herd a song that they liked. I think that his name was henry and when he go the music and started to sing, I was about to cry of happiness.
I felt the same way when ever we saw any of the elderly people dancing or singing, it really struck a chord with me.
Seeing them come alive was amazing and made me feel hopeful.
I thoughts it's funny how you said the veggie thing, but yeah I found it really awesome how they came a live through the music.
I thought the movie "Alive Inside: A Story of Music and Memory" was both inspiring and sad. Through the duration of the film we got to watch as elders with disabilities such as dementia, remember moments from their past that even the sight of their own children couldn't bring back. I think that this was a powerful message that music really is the object that binds us together as humans. Watching the elderly people listen to music and getting up and dancing and singing to it was a mind blowing experience, it filled me with happiness and sorrow.
Sorrow because at the end of the movie they explained that now only about a half of a percent to nursing homes had available music systems, since music wasn't actually “medicinal”. This struck me because watching all those people get medication after medication, the thing that proved to have biggest impact on their memory and attitude was a simple MP3 player. I found that the most intriguing moment throughout the film was when the workers at the nursing home didn't think the idea of bringing MP3 players was good, I thought they would be the ones to encourage it instead of doubting it. By the end of the film they clearly solved this problem but I was still shocked about the reaction the nursing home staff had at first, saying it would cause more problems than solutions.
This movie also reminded me that there is always something you can do to change someone elses life for the better. Dan Cohen took it upon himself to create the non-profit organization “Music and Memory” to improve other people's lives. This film only documented 3 years of his work to change the lives of the elderly, I can't imagine what he has helped with before he started being filmed. Dan Cohen really reached out and touched strangers lives just by playing some music, and gave the elderly memories back that dementia had striped from them. I really appreciated his ability to inspire others, and I think this movie really helped to inspire me personally to reach out more to my grandfather in different unconventional ways.
It is really fascinating how how little things could make someone's day or life.
I totally agree, Srdja.
The documentary alive inside made me happy. The excited and happy faces on the residents of the nursing home was probably one of the most memorable things I saw in it. Another memorable thing I saw was how the unresponsive elderly got really happy and excited and showed signs of happiness and emotion, life. I honestly kept whispering to Abby about how cute they are. It is horrible how the nursing homes are today, and the fact that half the people in there don't get any visitors....ever was really hard for me to think about. I started imagining what would happen to my grandma if she was in a nursing home. She actually stopped smoking today so she can stay at home with us and I realized how much being in a nursing home would affect her, and the fact that she might not even get visitors made me really upset. I then started thinking about my future, and the fact that if I do have kids, I'm going to have to make sure they love me, a lot. I do not want to be in a nursing home. The fact that music brought back so many memories was beautiful. I kinda knew that, from listening to old songs I remember certain times in my life, but to see that actually happen and the people with dementia and alzheimers remember these things with just the help of music was beautiful. Overall, I loved the documentary and felt that music doesn't get enough credit from when it was in the time the people grew up, it was just there, but it wasn't recognized as even half the things it is recognized today.
This documentary made nursing homes feel so wrong. These people are turned placed in a less than human state and stuffed away where the general public doesn't have to look at them. All of these brilliant, beautiful people are ending their lives in one of the most depressing places on earth. They don't have any meaning, their lives have become worthless. The accomplishments of the elderly mean nothing, they are forgotten. After a human is no longer independent, they are forced to enter a vegetative state within these retirement communities. It is so depressing, I think I want to cry.
"Alive Inside" also made me think about my future. One day, I will be old and infirm. I will not be able to do any of the things I love, like running and basketball. No more basketball...I will also begin to forget, lose memories, and in doing so, the person that I am now will disappear. In essence the young, vibrant people that the elderly used to be have effectively died in nursing homes. When people are forced to retreat into themselves and forget their former life, the person that they were dies. That is so sad to think about. During the documentary, I briefly looked around me and realized that I would lose my memories of everyone I cared about.
The elderly in nursing home desperately need better. Sometimes, when I look at old people, I think of how they must have looked when they were younger, and how important everything was to them. They had all of the same feelings and general sense of importance as I do now. To see that all end up in a nursing home is beyond wrong. However, this document was a story of beauty awakened in a place that was previously thought to be dead. After seeing this documentary, I want to help make whatever difference in the lives of the elderly that I can. Every person should be allowed to live, especially if the only cost is that of an iPod.
It makes me sad to think that I too will be unable to do many of the things I love when I grow old. That's why this film, and this project, have inspired me to remember that old people are still people, not just shells of their former selves.
I agree that the prospect of our ageing is scary, and how 90% of our class will probably suffer from one of those (or both of) those two diseases later in our years. I also have to agree with Jenna above (or below, depending on where this comment is posted) that old people aren't just vegetables, and I believe that is more of a societal problem than a personal one.
I thought that this movie was really amazing, both in a happy and sad way. The whole part where it was talking about how musical memories is what Alzheimers affects last was incredible to watch, especially when they played the music to people with Alzheimers and they started dancing and humming and whatnot. It is very sad at how people just ignore old people nowadays. It is actually depressing at how neglected they are. It was very depressing seeing that one lady who invited the interviewer to see her results for her sickness, since no one else visited her, and to see that her sickness spread to other parts of her body, it was really heartbreaking. I think giving the elderly all a pair of headphones and an iPod would be a bit expensive and hard to manage, but it would be really cool to see all the people with Dementia and Alzheimers to recall their childhood and re-enact it all through music. This movie was amazing, it was a roller-coaster of emotions from the sad stories of people just turning into vegetables from not having their memories, to those people hearing music and recalling some of their childhood pastimes and whatnot.
With in the first 5 minutes of the movie I totally understood what this guy was getting at and could relate 100%. When i listen to music today that I had listened to a couple years ago it brings back old emotions and memories; good and bad. I think everyone gets that. Music is one of the most engaging, emotional and interactive mediums that exist. So its to no surprise that these seniors respond to the music on such a influential and positive level. Even if they had been dormant and unresponsive for 5-10 years. But this documentary was so much more; I never questioned what our society is like, after all it seems all to normal to me because I grew up along side with it. But seeing the points made in this movie, I couldn't agree more. Seeing that the elderly are forgotten and sometimes seen as a burden on society. But this movie proves that there is so much more to these individuals that even have dementia and other mental disorders.
However, society is always changing for the better or worst. It will be different in the future, although it may not be better or worse. What happens then wil always be based upon what happens now and i see this want for change natural and not unruly.
What is brought back to you the most when you re-hear music? For me, it's more of feelings rather than experiences. I can't usually remember why I felt a certain way, but I re-feel it.
I loved this movie! I thought it was touching but not preachy. It resonated with me for a couple of reasons. As I've already mentioned before, I have a grandmother in the early stages of dementia. My family and I bemoan her condition constantly, because we think it is just so sad. However, as bad off as my grandmother is, she is much healthier than the patients in the video. She can't identify a microwave, but at least she knows her full name and is responsive. At least she is not bed-ridden. I have also seen firsthand how music has the power to transport someone with memory issues back to their adulthood. I will never forget the day that my grandmother, after stating that she thought the year was 1998, sat down at the piano and played BY MEMORY a five-minute long tune from her childhood. It was so sweet and beautiful and sad all at once that it brought me to tears.
For another, I am a great lover of music. Like my grandmother, I play the piano, and I often use it as a stress-reliever when I become overwhelmed. I also love just listening to music! Nirvana and Green Day got me through the particularly angst-y years of middle school, 2Pac perfectly articulates my issues with society, and Jack Johnson always helps me calm down after a rough volleyball loss. I loved listening to the music in the film as well; The Beach Boys and Louis Armstrong would also be on my list! This video made me wonder what music people will play for me when I am older. I feel like I should start writing my favorites down now so that way they don't accidentally play One Direction for me. I have am fairly certain that I have PTSD from "What Makes You Beautiful."
My favorite part of the movie was the moment after the elderly people received their iPod and placed the headphones over their ears. The look on Henry's face as he slowly recognized the song made me tear up; it was that beautiful! No one that watches that clip can deny that music has an extremely powerful impact on people who have been robbed of their memories. Do you remember how the film showed the head guy calling all these people, asking for donations, and how he was always rejected. If I were him, I would make those corporate people watch the video clip before asking them for donations. If they STILL refuse to donate, then they are robots or the devil incarnate. Either way, we don't want them giving iPods to impressionable old people anyway.
You should really consider being a writer in your free time. You write beautifully and always manage to create a sense of humor and a sense of voice in your pieces.
Today we watched movie called "Alive Inside: A Story of Music and Memory". I really enjoyed it. It is related to our current project so it was really useful to watch it. My backs were hurting me because of uncomfortable way to sit on the floor, but that can not be compared to the things I felt during the movie.
Story was about institutes for carrying about old people ant methods to make them remember happenings from their life. Music. Music is a tool. Doctors never found the way to get into patient's heart or soul. Music can do it. It was interesting to see how elder people listen and remember. Music is carrying memories. It can not be deleted. I felt sad. They are at the end of their life and they feel it. Music gets them back to the happier times. It hurts. Many of them cried after listening to some of the song. Their tears hurt everybody. Many of us will be in that situation probably The guy in the movie did so so great job. His effort changed their current life. They were able to be happy again thanks to music. But some data from the movie are sad. There is really small number of the institution for caring about old people. For 50 years there won't be enough space for everyone. That makes me concerned. Also these home are not like Brookdale place. These are in much worse situation. Our buddies are lucky.
The music helps me to feel better. When I feel homesickness here in America, I just listen to some my native music. It helps me feel better and I fell like my family and friends are here. Also some song from my childhood makes me sad when I hear them. These carries a lot of memories from carefree time. Therefore, I can compeletly understand the power of music.
I agree some of the parts in the movie were really sad considering the fact that a lot of the patients couldn't remember their old life style.
I loved this movie so much. I've never had any other film or documentary make me cry so much, which says good things about this movie because I got that invested in it. I never thought about Alzheimers or dementia or elderly treatment much before this video since none of my relatives are in a nursing home. But I have always wanted to be a nurse, and watching this is make me think I might want to be a geriatric specialist or even work in hospice. I want to be able to use music therapy with patients (even if it's just through recommending it to the family and doing it with them, not the doctor).
I thought it was so incredible that music can be used to help people access more of their memories, and therefore identity. They clearly expressed how it made them feel joy and love. It infuriates me to no end that pharmaceuticals are taken more seriously as treatment than artistic therapies like music. There are all sorts of crazy side effects to medications that are rarely talked about and severely underestimated.
And the state of nursing homes is unacceptable. Hospitals aren't homes. There needs to be more personalization and humanization in geriatric care. I'm really glad we watched this documentary because it really helped me gain an understanding of what these people had to go through everyday. Seeing the old man trying to leave and saying he wanted to go back to his family broke my heart had me in tears. It really motivates me for our exhibition and I really hope we can educate all of our guests about the current state of nursing homes and treatments like music therapy.
I agree, change needs to come, and it needs to come soon. If I could help it, I would never let my grandma or parents live like this.
I was heavily impacted by the video we watched in class today. Honestly, seeing that man light up when he listened to the music reminded me of myself, waking up from a depression, or a horrible mood to a song that has helped me through troubling times. The power of music has been so prevalent in my own life, my mom owning a music studio, I can connect with the idea that we hold huge chapter of our life in song.
The idea that it is so easy to get companies to pay for drugs, which only serve to hinder these elderlies connection with the world, but it is so hard to get them to pay for music, is appalling. It makes me wonder how insurance companies can be so blind to these obvious therapeutic powers, while being simultaneously open to each new chemical? It must be lobbying of some kind from the pharma industry. People don't want to believe that art, is necessary, or has real value, because it can't be charged thousands of dollars each month for. Music, relative to drugs, is cheap and accessible. Its evil to deny it to the people living in these homes.
The part about the drugs was pretty sad. It's so weird how the option that is so obviously superior is ignored.
I really enjoyed watching this documentary. It honestly put a lot into perspective for me and shed light on many topics that I had previously never known about. I can honestly say that I teared up more than once throughout this film as well. The power that music had on these people's lives is truly amazing. These previously unresponsive elderly people were brought back to life just by listening to one song that they enjoyed from when they were young.
When the man who was usually extremely quiet and to himself heard a song from his past, it completely transported him to another world. He started singing and talking about his life, which was so amazing to see, even though it was second hand. Seeing this and how it affected these people was so moving to me. When I grow up, I want to one day make a difference in someone's life like these people who brought music back into the elderly people's lives did.
I also saw just how badly the American culture treats the elderly. The documentary brought up many times how these people have been through so much and have tons of advice and life lessons to offer, yet we take it for granted and send them away where they are often not visited. The film was really inspirational to me and it has definitely changed the way I look at how we as a culture treat the elderly.
I teared up more than once, too!
The documentary was very eye opening and really brought light upon what an retirement home or old folks home is like. Its very hard for the effected person for having Dementia or Alzheimers and also how hard it is for the family. Just watching the movie thoughts about what its going to be like for my parents and later done the road me. I would never be able to live with myself if my parents had to take pills for symptoms they were never having for illnesses that they didn't have. I want my parents to be able to enjoy music throughout there life and then towards there elderly years.
I was very taken by how much the guy had changed there mood, and how responsive they we're after hearing music. I really was happy to watch these elderly people enjoy themselves, after so long not being able to communicate because there we're sedated in a way. I want to bring in music that my brocade buddy Mary listened to back when she was younger. Being able to see her reaction would be very interesting and amazing and too see what she would say after listening to some Frank Sinatra.
This movie was very insightful and gave me great ideas for our next interview session with out Brooke dale buddy. I never new that music could affect the brain in such a way. It makes me think when our generation is older will this problem be solved so we can all listen to our own personal music? Also it kinda freaked me out how in the future more and more people will start to live to their 60's to 80's. It's almost like all our medical advancements are going to start to work against us at some point. In our new brooke dale buddy meet I plan to find out what her favorite music growing up was to try and get her to remember more information about her child hood.
This was an amazing movie because it showed the lives of the average elderly person. They are in the hospital and cannot get out. We saw this in one clip where the elderly man kept trying to get out of the doors. We also heard of many elderly people trying to escape from the facilities from one of the leading doctors at one of these nursing homes. I really think that it is a whole movement that really cut the freedom of the older generations that can't live independently any more. They are stuck and are being kept quiet and 'healthy' by tons of drugs that are almost forced upon them daily. We even went over this in Biology and it all comes together! In Biology we talked about the motives for large pharmaceutical companies to make and test new drugs. It costs so much for the companies to make the drugs so they usually invest in drugs that will be taken by a lot of people for a long time. These are usually pretty general drugs like Advil or Tylenol. A lot of people take these drugs and there is a large profit to be made off of them! The pharmaceutical companies definitely have a large group of consumers for their drugs, the 40.4 million Americans over 65! I really realized from the movie that a lot of the ‘health’ companies are motivated to do what they do for money. The large companies built nursing homes in a hospital fashion because it was easier to maintain and fit more people in the ‘homes'. This is obviously very wrong and it was amazing how the video brought this point up even though it was not the main focus of the movie.
When I first saw the man going to the nursing homes and hoping to give the elderly music for their health I was a little skeptical for a few reasons. First because I wasn't sure how the elderly would respond to the "high tech", iPods and headphones. Then, as the movie progressed I realized that it was true that they maybe didn't have any idea how the iPod worked or how they could control it, but it seemed like they really didn't care about that. They cared about the music and how it got to them was not important to them, which I now fully understand . A second reason I was skeptical about the music healing theory was because iPods and headphones aren't exactly cheap when you have to buy 1000's of them. My suspicions subsided when I saw how the faces of the elderly people lit up when they heard the songs of their youth and how so many lost memories came back, and at that moment I knew that there had to be someone who would fund this project when they saw that it did more in one minute than what the pills could ever do.
I was really inspired by this video because it shows us a way to get around being a victim of the health industry machine in a simple and much more effective way than stuffing yourself with pills! The elderly people could remember so much when they heard these songs and it was so amazing to know that, with something as simple as music, one can awaken memories that could never have been awoken from their deep slumber by drugs and professional doctors. The elderly people felt less reliant on the 'system' and could have one of their treatments be listening to their favorite songs! How awesome is that?!
The movie "Alive Inside: A Story of Music and Memory" was truly amazing and inspiring. This movie really gave me an insight on how boring and sad it is in nursing homes. When these residents got the music it made them feel alive again,even residents with dementia were having conversations after they listened to music. When I saw how they reacted to the music I was just amazed. Its astonishing how music can trigger so many different responses in the brain, its like humans are hardwired to start listening to music even in the womb. Most nursing homes are really sad and depressing. Nursing homes really need to change because their residents are just depressed and they are constantly given medications that just make them act like zombies. I believe that music should be in all nursing homes because it brings out the residents actual personality and it makes their lives easier. Overall this movie was amazing and sad at the same time. I hope that all nursing homes get the resources to give their residents the opportunity to listen to music.
How wonderful that we are talking about music with our buddies?! I am sure we did not realize the power the music has on the elderly.
Where do I even start? This documentary was incredible, it shows how music can bring out the personality in a person, no matter how far "gone" they are. It changed my view on music and the elderly completely, First off, music is a lot more powerful thing than most people think, I can even feel the effects of music, like the emotions it brings out in me and the memories that are connected with it. I can remember where and when I first heard any song, it's so strange how music does that isn't it? For some reason music can bring out emotions and memories that have seemingly disappeared. This effect was extremely apparent in the elderly when they were played music from when they were younger, it really brought out the "person" in them and it brought back memories from when they were younger. I think it's incredibly shortsighted not to give the elderly the thing they really need. It's very obvious that the drugs they are given are only there for profit and not for the actual well being of the elderly. The music is more of a medicine to them than the drugs they are given. I really do hope that the idea of giving music to the elderly is spreading. All I really want in this world is to make people truly happy and I hope that I can help make a difference like this with our Brookdale Buddy Project.
I agree I think that the music was better medicine than them than the drugs they were taking too.
I am so excited too for the future meetings in Brookdale. I hope we are going to play them music like in the movie.
I felt the same way about the film.
I really enjoyed watching this movie. I thought it was amazing how the man was awoken after ten years. It's amazing how all these people who have some kind of memory lost. It's crazy what miracles music can do for people, and what memories they bring back. They did all these test on the patients, and in the end all they had to do was play music for them. I feel sorry for the patients, because they are taken from their daily life styles, and put in to a nursing home where they are cared for but they lose the freedom to do what they want. I remember that one of the patients was in a band and how he music was his life. Overall I really enjoyed watching the film, and learning about how music can help the elderly.
This video was very cool to watch because it ties into this project to awareness for the elderly. The movie was really fun to watch. To see all those people remember there memories just threw music I found really cool. The nursery homes should look less like a prison and add music to there daily life. This movie was really cool how that one person after 10 years finally started to dance and sing. I really enjoyed that movie and I hope this project ware awareness to people.
Gosh, this movie was so moving. Right off of the bat, at the beginning, I agreed with what the helper man (I can't remember his name), believed- that music can re-ignite the spark in almost anything-- love, family, emotions, feelings, and memories. I know that I usually get kind of swamped by a powerful emotion that I felt when I listen to a song that I had heard a long time ago. Like for example, whenever I hear Raise Your Glass (I know, it's weird), by P!nk, I relieve the excitement of reading the Hunger Games for the first time, since that song came on the radio, and I happened to be reading that book when I first heard that song.
Throughout this movie, I was touched very deep about the experiences that this helper man was going through. He was trying to make a difference, and for the people who he was able to make a difference for, that was one more world that he mended. I think that it was amazing to see Henry, who was so unresponsive for 5+ years, to suddenly burst full of life when he heard music from his past. It makes me wonder if when I'm older, what music while ignite a reaction like that for me. I can't tell for sure, but I would hope it's something meaningful.
Lastly, I think that the stigma that the elderly has in our culture needs to change. It's horrific to see all of those sweet, elderly folks stuck in the nursing home, trying to get out, who never get to see their family. Yes, I know that people have jobs and their families to take care of, but I would love to see those poor, lonely people (save a few), being able to live the end of their lives with people they love, even if they can't remember it.
This video was very inspirational due to the fact that music truly does take a major part in ones life. It was just so interesting how one of the residents was completely silent for 10 years. Then when it came down to listening a music track off an ipod, he was able to recall events that occurred during his youth. That whole scene with him listening to the track on the ipod was really astonishing. This whole video totally changed my perspective for the majority of the Nursery homes in the United States. Its crazy how they use most of the money to invest in drugs that totally segregate their connection with life and other human interactions.
Thank you Mrs. Clark for sharing with us this eye-opening Sundance film entitled "Alive Inside: A Story of Music and Memory”. I believe the makers of this film have hit on something HUGE! Our elderly need to be brought back alive. Once they are placed in a retirement home, they not only lose their own homes, but their lives, too. How exciting it is to think that something as simple as music can be so powerful?! We live in a pill pushing society focused on making money for doctors and pharmaceutical companies. Also, our society tends to look for the easy fix. How interesting that the makers of this film have found a relatively simple and inexpensive “fix” that creates life altering change which brings human spirit back to those who have lost it?! Headphones and iPods are inexpensive compared to monthly drug bills. So the big question is “Who is going to fight the fight to stop doctors and pharmaceutical companies in their endeavors to make and push pills?”
Lobbyists for music companies in Washington D.C. need to bring this film to congress and/or wealthy people around the world need to jump on board with their money to support music in retirement centers. Unfortunately or fortunately, money talks. Obama care is all about patient outcomes. The elderly from the retirement homes end up in hospitals. How many elderly people could avoid hospitals if their overall quality of life was better? Plus when the elderly go into the hospital environment, they are susceptible to hospital acquired infections. May this movie bring light to the right people-the elderly need our help.
This film moved me so much that it made me want to pursue a job like the “music man’s.” I cannot sing and I do not play an instrument, but I adore all kinds of music. I wonder what kind of degree I need…?
This documentary opened up a whole new world of elderly care. I was amazed as to what people have to go through, because my belief is that when you get older you adaptability decreases. It was so hard for me to watch what was happening to these elderly people, I almost felt like it was invading the thoughts that they still had left. Overall, I think that it was amazing how it took only one person from the outside to be able to resurrect these people. I especially enjoyed Denise, she was so full of raw emotions and I could see that she was still fighting for her independence. But to see her refuse the walker, and start dancing when she was listening to the music is something I will never forget. I find it horrifying to see how these people are refused the stimulations they need to thrive, and how sedated they are kept. I think that it is time we stop listening to the medical professionals and start listening to what it is these people want most, because even if they lose their memory they are still people. Overall, all of the old people that I saw in the film reminded me of different types of children that refuse to grow up, in a way they refuse to grow up to be "disabled." I think that this is something everyone needs to learn and understand.
I found this documentary to be very interesting and shocking. I had learned and heard a lot about the effects of music on people and neural development, but I was not aware of its effects on the elderly for different mental conditions. In tenth grade I learned a lot about the way that the brain works in conjunction to music and its reactions to music and specific types. As well I learned about how music therapy can help people with PTSD. The documentary expanded on what I kew and really showed the power of music. When people suddenly opened up or became lively it showed how important music is to people especially as we age. As I watched the video, i kept thinking about how I will perceive music and how it will make me feel when I age. I Keep thinking about the types of music I like, which is scattered and diverse. I like classical but also "normal" music and I wonder what I will associate with my early years in the future. Overall I found the film to be very interesting and insightful to the way music affects people.
This film was really eye-opening and heart warming for me. I learned that music is filled with many wonders that can make elderly people feel less depressed and more joyfull. My favorite part of the film was when they visited an old resident that was silent for many years. But once he was listening to the music, his eyes were wide open and he started to dance. I had no idea that music was capable of having a huge impact in their lives. This film really changed my perspective about the elder and it made me realise how important it is to have music as a tool to bring back cherishable moments of our lives.
To be honest, I was kinda frustrated with the whole idea of the treatment of elders. Sure, the music thing was delightful, and god bless the guy who was doing it. It made them very happy, but happiness is fleeting. We need to change their condition.
The main problem is, what do we do with old people? We can't make them work, and we sure as hell shouldn't keep them stay locked up and depressed. We could take them in, but what will they be to us besides a burden?
All that I have to offer society: my wits, my knowledge, and my physical aptitude will all decline or become irrelevant in a matter of decades. What shall I do, then?
I can't answer these questions. And these are the questions that the movie failed to answer. They noted the terrible hospital-like conditions, but music seems like such a small step of improvement. Honestly, I don't know how to answer the elderly question, and it seems neither does anyone else. This is what distracted me from the victorious tone of the movie. They seemed so happy, but how long would that really last? Listening to music makes me very happy, but being forced out of boredom to listen to music all day long would not make me happy.
The story was honestly very heartwarming and interesting. When you go to popular media sites and find news relating to Alzheimers and dementia they basically make it out to be something just as bad as cancer. I'm not saying it's an awful thing but think about the fact that even with these awful things you can (even for just a moment) remember and enjoy your memories from your childhood again. What I found even more amazing was the science behind it, it has long been established that physical things that have strong ties to memory often can bring back memories a lot better. Things like smell and sound are the 2 biggest ones and even now the therapy that involves those two are extremely limited. In fact even today music is becoming widespread in therapy, it lets the body meditate and really have clarity, thus why people listen to music while exercising, people with ADHD use musical therapy, and why music is able to increase the productivity in people.
In a summed up form (AKA TL;DR form) I really found the entire story heart warming, especially the alzheimers parts (rise of the planet of the apes anyone?) and really found the science fascinating.
The documentary was very eye opening yet emotional at the same time. I was moved when I saw how the elderly with memory loss responded to their favorite old music. I was also alarmed at how they responded to the use of technology, and how it didn't seem like they were scared to break anything which I have realized why normally many older people move away from technology. Honestly I was sort of skeptical about how music could help people remember important things from their lives, but when I saw their reactions my option completely changed. It seems crazy how before some of the patients had musical therapy they were just drugged and laid/sat around in their vegetative states.
I was also amazed at how they were treated in an retirement home. It seemed like a sick hospital, and I felt so bad for them when observing the meeting. I was extremely impacted when someone said that when people go into the homes they are usually giving up their independence, pride, family, dignity, and commonly had just lost a loved one. They explained it and it really made me think about how they were resilient individuals but without the mental stimulation they almost fade to shells of themselves, and music as a device brought them back to their former selves. This also made me think about my grandparents and while I am lucky they are still relatively healthy, I want communicate with them more so I can hear stories that they might forget at some point. I also started to think about my future as an elderly person and I especially didn't enjoy the statistics and the inverted pyramid explanation. I hope that changes in elderly care will be made not only for our generation but for our parents. It starts with us and I think that while in the beginning I was not excited for this film, my opinion on this entire project changed, Being able to be part of bettering someone's life who could be lonely and helping them convey positive memories is an experience within itself. And being able to interact with someone who grew up in such a different time makes it all the more entertaining.
Music is a really important part of my life personally, so I was really moved by this documentary. I thought it was powerful the way they talked about connecting with the elderly instead of treating them like patients, because a lot of them will shut down without outside stimulations. Although the current state of nursing homes isn't where it should be and we have probably one of the worst practices in place for taking care of the elderly, doing things like this is taking a step forward to changing it. As in inspiring the community even if its a small step as a time. I was really moved by this movie and cried several times, and I really hope we can find a really strong way to incorporate this into our project.
After I watched the documentary today my whole perspective changed on the elderly and retirement homes. I now have a better understanding of the problems involved with ageing. This was shown in the documentary when it showed how they were basically trapped with no way to express themselves. It also made the people who were are being put through this everyday a reason to give up and sit around in a vegetable state.
The most shocking part of this video for me was when music was introduced to the elderly because it gave them a chance to express themselves. It did this by putting them back into a time and a place that they remember all of the good parts of their life. Another thing music did was help bring back memories that couldn't be remembered with anything other than their favorite songs. This makes me think that its a really good idea for people taking care of the elderly to start using the method of turning to music instead of looking for a different prescription drugs.
The movie was really informative on the effects of music and memories. I never realized how important music can be in ones lives, and how it would be able to revive memories. I thought the story itself was very heartwarming. Especially when the patients who were unresponsive, or weren't reacting well to the medication were introduced to music and came alive. I also thin the movie really captured the wrong done in a lot of the nursing homes around the country. Often times the elderly are just fumed off at these places and they don't even know whats going on. The movie called for the need of better treatment to the elders in nursing homes. It offered music as an alternative solution rather than shoving pills down these peoples throats. It's also sad how the world or at least America views the elderly. Rather than viewing them as someone to look up to they are seen as a waste of resources and space. I think that kind of mind-set needs to be changed.
This movie was impact-full and made you think what the future hold for you, well at least it did for me. After watching the film I was starstruck because many people praise the idea of living to 80 or even 100. But then after watching this film I realized that they lived a miserable life, no offense to any seniors. They were lifeless people, like the film said, they are just existing. But when they were introduce to music, something occurred, their existence was revived, and they were alive. In all honesty I thought this project was going to be another project were we aim to make a change but we don't. After being introduced to this film, it is clear that we can make a change and a difference in one's life. Overall this film was a real eye opener to what is often forgotten.
Yesterday in class I watched a documentary on how people with alzheimers would listen to a certain song and it would bring back certain memories or emotions. This really was interesting because I wondered what if I would be like that if I live to be like that. It was sad because it is pretty much a vegitated state and they cannot do anything for themselves. It also impacted me because I had a family member die of the same disease and when ever I would visit them before they died they would not remember me. This would be a much cheaper solution and giving them all those drugs and would be safer too. Just to see how the African American guy went from not being able to do anything by himself to starting to sing and dance. He also started to remember things. To see him to do all of that I think is remarkable.
But I am a bit skeptical, for if they can't even remember their own kids, or what they looked like how would they be able to remember what music they liked so he could play it. I mean if the music has to be meaningful how does he find out what music to play if they cannot remember. But anyway I thought it was an inspiring film.
The documentary that we watched last night astonished me on the drastic effects that such a simple device has. It's also incredible that the government doesn't recognize the positive effects music has. Instead of filling elders with drugs and routines simply plugging in an iPod could help so much more. In some cases it even kept elders out of the nursing home. With such a small fix, it's hard to see why change isn't being done. With only .19 percent of nursing homes using music as care there needs to be a drastic change. They need to be flourished with music that awakens them and allows them to live a normal life. I feel strongly that a change needed to be made and better care needs to be taken, it greatly changed my perspective. Being at brookdale really gave me an image of what I though nursing home around the country looked like but now I see that the majority are shaped in the images of hospitals which really saddens me.
I originally wrote this out on paper but didn't realize it was to be posted on clarks corner until now.
The documentary was extremely interesting. I thought i was amazing how music can bring someone who seems brain dead back to life. I love the fact that music can take us back to places that we have completely forgotten. I think its crazy that no one recognizes the power that music has on the brain. Instead of music treatment we are using drugs to help with memory and medicating people to the point where they may not even enjoy living. I think that the documentary should really follow through on this and make this a nationwide effort to use music treatment in elder homes.
Didn't realize this had to be on Clark's corner.
I found this documentary to be very awesome! I thought it was awesome how something that we have such easy access to can help people with Alzheimer's and dimensia. My class has learned about how music affects the brain, with creativity and concentration. We really learned about how much of a key role music plays in our everyday life. So, watching this movie, it was awesome to see how what we learned last year can actually play out in people's life. I really found it incredible how people who had no recollection of past events in their life were able to regain memory from songs. It ultimately made me think I have to listen to as music as I can now incase someone does this for me.
This movie was really enlightening to me. I was really kind of anxious to watch because I have plenty of grandparents and great grandparents in my family who are still in the homes they were living in. I had never previously gotten to view an experience from the inside of an extended home as such we saw in the film. It was very cool to watch that. But other than that, it was very interesting to watch how music made a temporary cure to the young men and ladies dinmensia and alzhiemers. It was a very beautiful thing what the music did to them, waking them and seeing how above they felt. It was as if they were bieng brought back to their childhood snd it truly seemed like they got younger for a short while the music played. They became so cognitive and lively when the music was qeued and even could answer things with spot in answers afterwards. I was wondering how many of the questions they could have answered without the music compares to after the music. And how much more in depth the answer were.
This was such a teary-eyed, well put together documentary! I really loved how they would go on to show the reality of these Nursing homes and the state of these elderly people.
I got so angry and frustrated when I saw how these people were loosing touch with the world and how there was nothing to anchor them back and keep in touch with their hearts. They became so distant and so alone regardless of the nurses and caretakers that fed them their pills. I then became saddened that this is the fate for a huge majority of Americans. It was just such a depressing thought that maybe one day I might find myself or my friends put in homes like these and it really made me think that if I didn't want to be treated like this or be in a state like what we saw, then how come we think it is okay for us to have our elderly today be in that position?
On another note it had really maybe me feel happy when these people would automatically recognize the music, smile and laugh, dance to it here and there, and then you could physically see the memories just flowing right back into them. Their faces would just light up with joy and the small flame of their souls were re-ignited! They had been so shut off with the world that they almost forgot the joys of their childhood. How sad is that? But yet the little iPods were able to give them back those memories and, in a way, bring them back to life. It was almost as if they had been awakened from their sleep mode which they had always existed in during their stay at these nursing homes.
This documentary was really a big emotional roller coaster in that it had made be laugh, feel anxious and depressed, angry, and a little frightened all at the same time. But I was also very at ease when we got to see that there are people trying really hard to make the care of our older folks better and give them the treatment and care that they really deserve rather than just feeding them pills and attending to only their physical needs.
When we first started watching this movie I realized that I had watched it before causing me to think that I wouldn't learn anything from it but as we got further into the movie I realized that that wasn't the case, that I had only seen parts of the movie before. Probably the first time this movie really got me thinking was when it introduced the women who was completely unresponsive and in bed but once she heard the music she started tapping her feet and moving her head. This scene made me recall when I visited my great grandfather last year during a rough patch which was a few months before his death. It really reminded me of this because when we were there he really was just lying in bed sleeping and wasn't really able to speak or do anything but my grandpa (his son) brought in some music on his laptop and played it for my great grandfather. He responded my tapping his toes and other small physical responses.
Overall this video just really got me thinking about my grandparents and wanting to make sure that I know what music they have listened to over the years so when they get older I will have that for them. I saw how music affected my grandfather and I know how much my grandparents love music and how I want to have that for them when they are older.
After we watched the video my classmates and I began talking about how we should keep an iPod with all of our favorite music/songs through out our lives so that we will always have that.
Side Note: I'm sorry I tried to get this up yesterday or at least send you an emailing informing you that I was having trouble getting it but my internet was not working on either my computer or my phone.
Well despite being bedridden for almost a full week, watching this documentary brightened my sickened days! Throughout the documentary, i was awestruck and inspired. I knew music was amazing and had power, but i didn't know it had so much strength that it could bring back long forgotten memories! My grandpa has parkinson's and dementia, and seeing this film gave me hope that maybe doing something like this with him would help him and make him smile.
The laughter produced from these elderly was pure and honest. Their expressions were unplanned and their reactions weren't staged, and i think those facts within themselves are beautiful beyond compare. Growing up, i would go to nursing "homes" with my girl scout troop to sing christmas carrols, and i knew as soon as i walked in that an inevitable energy of saddness would soon wash over me. The people living there weren't truly living, they were simply existing; floating in a world they have no control over and all things happening in that world are done to them, not with them. I remember not seeing any life in any of their eyes, but when we started singing, some would come back. I think the music brought them to a new place, where they could be their own and live. My dad has always told me to shoot him before he ended up in a place like that, or if he had to depend on "a tube' (aka medication or oxygen pipe) that he'd rather die. I started to think that way too because i'm scared of not living.
Bringing music to the elderly gave them life, and a life they enjoyed. I think its beautifully wonderful, and i hope that society will see and act upon this new discovery. But then again, we make up society so it all depends if we do something about it... i know i'm willing.
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