- Grand Challenges
- Thought Leadership
Music. Emotion. Memories. It all comes together in the insightful and stirring documentary, Alive Inside. Watch firsthand the magic that results when a person with advanced dementia hears a favorite song.
Directed and produced by Michael Rossato-Bennett, this film has won numerous awards. It tracks the efforts of social worker Dan Cohen, through his nonprofit organization Music and Memory, as he advocates the use of IPods as personalized music therapy for dementia patients. At first appearance, the patients we meet are alive physically but it is questionable what, if anything remains within them. Through music, we see the inner person emerge and embrace the world with joy and enthusiasm. Without realizing it, you, too, will share the thrill of life as seen through the prism of music.
Following the documentary, we will have a panel discussion with specialists in the area of memory and music. We will engage in meaningful and educational discussion on this topic. We're excited to have Sutter Care at Home Hospice's Tim Meadows with panelists Roberta Rimbault, a local gerontologist and author of Mindful Connections: A Sensory Appreciation of Music, Professor Petr Janata of Psychology Department and Center for Mind and Brain at UC Davis and Dr. Mandy Salomon, CEO and Co-Founder of Mentia.
Sponsors who made this program possible include Interim Healthcare Hospice, Craig Cares and chapter supporter Genesis Rehab Services.
Alive Inside is being shown on Tuesday, August 28, at the 24th Street Theater (2791 24th Street, Sacramento). The doors open at 5:15 p.m. and the documentary begins at 5:45 p.m.
Petr Janata is a Professor in the Psychology Department and Center for Mind and Brain at UC Davis. He received his B.A. from Reed College and his Ph.D. from the University of Oregon. His research on how the human brain engages with music has examined expectation, imagery, sensorimotor coupling, memory, and emotion in relation to tonality, rhythm, and timbre. His work also emphasizes the use of models of musical structure to analyze behavioral and brain data. He has pioneered psychological and brain research examining musical situations that elicit strong emotional experiences, such as music-evoked remembering or being in the groove. He is the recipient of two Fulbright research fellowships, a Guggenheim Fellowship, a Templeton Advanced Research Program award from the Metanexus Institute, and grant funding from the NSF, NIH, and the GRAMMY Foundation.
Roberta Rimbault, MS is a health educator specializing in services that optimize conditions for older adults to age well.
Her husband of thirty years was exhibiting behaviors eventually diagnosed as dementia. Confusion, conflict and concern characterizes an initiation she experienced into the diminishing state of mind loved ones confront at a growing rate as the population ages.
A graduate program in gerontology prepared Roberta to understand consequences resulting from gradual loss of function as well as aspects that richly forge the golden years of life. Her project for dementia screening was awarded the 2008 AMA Foundation Fund for Better Health grant.
Teaching credentials and a career in the pharmaceutical industry prompted her to earn a masters degree in health education after the death of her husband. Roberta served on the California Alzheimer’s Task Force Subcommittee on Education and Awareness. Her courses on dementia for RCFE (Residential Care Facilities for Elders) caregivers are approved by the state in compliance with Title 22 regulations.
A presentation on music therapy lead to the creation of a guidebook, Mindful Connections: A Sensory Appreciation for Music. It caught the attention of Michael Rossato Bennett, documentary filmmaker of the acclaimed Alive Inside documentary resulting in Roberta developing a curriculum for the Alive Inside Foundation, a program for young people to learn about brain function and dementia so they can interact with those individuals and engage them with music.
Roberta serves on the El Dorado County Commission on Aging and is on the board of the Sierra Renaissance Society for life-long learning.
Mandy sees no good reason for dementia to stop people from their telling their stories; it is fundamental to the human condition and a human right. (Her own story is entitled ‘Still trying to get to the gym’.) Mandy founded Mentia in 2017, whose mission is to provide creative digital therapies that support the wellbeing of people with dementia and their care companions anywhere anytime and at an affordable price. Mandy holds a Ph.D. that establishes links between new media theory and cultural gerontology. She has rich history in creative production (producer, director, performer, documentary-maker, radio, television and print media). Other degrees are a B.A.(Drama & Visual Arts) and an M.A. (Media & Communication). Mandy is an Industry Fellow at Swinburne University of Technology, an Alliance member of Aging 2.0 and a member of Creative Aging San Francisco.
Music lover, patient advocate, design thinker, technology enthusiast, early iPod listener. Healthcare Executive with Sutter Care at Home Hospice, 13+ years home health care and hospice business operations experience.
Co-Founder Match4Action.org, a foundation and social enterprise designed to accelerate social innovation by developing an advanced technology platform that volunteers can use to find good causes they can help locally or worldwide. Graduated Business Administration at San Jose State University Business Administration, University California San Diego Extension Professional Finance, and Stanford University Graduate School Business Corporate Innovation programs.
Ben Kubit is a doctoral candidate under the direction of Dr. Petr Janata in the Psychology Department at UC Davis. He received his B.A. in Cognitive Science and Psychology from Case Western Reserve University. His research on how the human brain engages with music has focused on understanding common musical phenomena within the context of current neurobiological models of memory. Ben’s work addresses questions about how episodic memories are bound to musical memories, the role of attentional focus during music-evoked autobiographical remembering, and how the brain functionally represents and organizes music and associated memories across time.
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