"Alive Inside" profiles seven elderly people suffering from dementia and shows the transformation that occurs when they're given iPods loaded with their favorite songs from years ago. Dan Cohen is the Executive Director of Music and Memory, the iPod Project, and he started it in 2006 when he was a social worker. He says it occurred to him to reach out to long-term facilities and ask who was using iPods. He discovered none were.
Filmmaker Michael Rossato-Bennett's documentary "Alive Inside" chronicles the astonishing experiences of individuals around the country who have been revitalized through the simple experience of listening to music.
In 2007, the famed author and neurologist Oliver Sacks wrote Musicophilia, a book exploring the effects of music on the human brain. And on April 18th of this year, filmmaker Michael Rossato-Bennett is releasing Alive Inside, his documentary looking at what happens when you bring iPod Shuffles into a nursing home.