Documentary explores music’s power to revive memory
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Can listening to favorite music from their past help revive memories in people who have dementia? The documentary film “Alive Inside: A Story of Music and Memory” traces the story of social worker Dan Cohen as he attempts to show that music can combat memory and loss and restore a sense of self to those who suffer from Alzheimer’s disease and dementia.

In “Alive Inside,” filmmaker Michael Rossato-Bennett visits family members who say they had witnessed the “miraculous effects” that music has had on their loved ones.

“Alive Inside” will be screened in Moab on Thursday, Aug. 21 at 7 p.m. at Star Hall, 125 E. Center St. The film, presented by the Utah Film Center in partnership with the Grand County Public Library, is free of charge.

A post-film discussion is planned with Deb Burcomb from the Utah Health Care Association and Sam Noertker from Skullcandy Advanced Engineering. Audience members are asked to bring iPods or iTunes gift cards to donate to the nonprofit organization Music and Memory, which was founded by Cohen.

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