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Alive Inside

Dan Cohen, Oliver Sacks, Bill Thomas, Allen Power, Michelle, Henry, Naomi Feil, Samite Mulondo, Steve, Bobby McFerrin, Lucille Hanscom, Kathy Greenlee, Bonnie Kantor, Becky Kurtz, Gregory Petsko, Peter Whitehouse, Mary Lou, Norman, Nell
Oliver Sacks | Ray Charles
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Dementia patient: "I've forgotten so much... I can't remember." (0:00)

Narrator, referring to activist Dan Cohen: "He wanted to show people what he was seeing, what was happening when he gave elders with dementia the music they had loved." (0:02)

Dan: "Well, I'm a social worker..." (0:04)

Louise, referring to Henry: "Henry has dementia, and he needs total assistance with all of his activities of daily living." (0:05)

Oliver Sacks (0:06)

Narrator, referring to Henry: "Was he still lost in his dementia?"
Henry: "I'm crazy about music."(0:08)

Dan: "When... you have Alzheimer's disease you're really struggling with your own thoughts and confusion..." (0:11)

Narrator: "There are 5 million people in America with dementia."
"We all feel music is magic, but for those with dementia, it can be a backdoor into the mind." (0:12)

Sacks: "The parts of the brain which are involved in remembering music and responding to music are not affected too much in Alzheimer's disease or other dementias."
Narrator: "Luckily, these are the last parts of the brain touched by Alzheimer's."
Sacks: "For the patients with Alzheimer's, it has to be music which has a meaning for them and is correlated with memory and feeling." (0:13)

Physician Bill: "What we're spending on drugs that mostly don't work..."
"In today's really crazy system I can sit down and write out a script for a thousand-dollar-a-month antidepressant... The real business... is in the pill bottle." (0:16)

Recreation Director Michelle, referring to Gil: "When he gets agitated we really need things in place that are going to work... quickly."
Physician Allen, "If you give a highly sedating medication to that kind of a person you're actually taking away the one avenue they have to tell you they have a problem." (0:18)

Michelle: "Denise is a bipolar schizophrenic." (0:21)

Man: "People who have been here for years that have dementia..." (0:25)

Musician Samite: "When we go through... like trauma, that gets covered up."
Narrator: "Samite... seemed to have a deep understanding of how music can heal trauma." (0:27)

Bill: "Why were we able to feed and water and medicate this person, but not respond to deeply human needs that he might have?" (0:37)

Narrator: "As a consequence... elders... were ending their days in the poorhouse, alongside the insane and the homeless."
"This business exploded after the Medicaid Act of 1965."
Bill: "Early on there were accusations of... overusing physical restraints... overuse of antipsychotic drugs. These drugs aren't designed for use with elders... they go to work every day inside an institution that defines people in terms of their diagnoses and their disabilities and thinks of them as patients first..." (0:39)

Dan, referring to Johnny: "He has dementia?"
Nurse: "He has dementia."
Narrator: "The... memory is gone... Who are we without our memory?" (0:41)

Dan: "My ultimate goal is to make this standard of care..."
"No about Alzheimer's, support of Alzheimer's Association. Support for Alzheimer's." (0:46)

Petsko: "... because over the age of 65 your risk of getting Alzheimer's or Parkinson's disease will increase exponentially. There are 5 million Alzheimer's patients in the United States... We do not have the... resources... to cope with that number of people suffering from dementia." (0:51)

Narrator, referring to Mary Lou: "But surprisingly, even deep inside Alzheimer's her capacity for love and affection remains strong." (0:54)

Narrator: "Norman has cared for Nell at home for 10 years without drugs."
Physician Peter: "I've spent 38 years now working on Alzheimer's disease, and I haven't done anything for patients that's as effective as the music therapy is." (0:58)

Mike, referring to a video: "I think some kid posted it onto, and it's insane."
"It's crazy."
Man: "I'm going home to see my mother with Alzheimer's."
Woman, referring to her mother: "She is at this moment listening to Ray Charles..." (1:08)