‘Alive Inside’ Film Shows Music ‘Awakens’ the Unconscious Mind of Man with Alzheimer’s

By Li Yen, Epoch Times
March 16, 2019 Updated: March 16, 2019

If you have a family member diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease, which is the most common type of dementia, you’ll know how devastating it is to watch the nightmare disease robbing your loved one of their memory and ability to perform everyday tasks. It’s devastating when your loved one just looks through you, not remembering who you are.

Sadly, there is no cure for Alzheimer’s disease yet. But there’s still a glimmer of hope. Do you know that there’s an inexpensive way to try to “reawaken the soul,” and that’s through music?

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Meet Henry Dryer, a sufferer of dementia featured in the documentary “Alive Inside,” which aims to promote Music & Memory, a non-profit organization that brings personalized music into the lives of the elderly or infirm with the help of digital music technology.

Dryer, once a fun-loving guy who loved singing and dancing, has for the last 10 years or so passed his days in a nursing home. In the documentary, Dryer is seen sitting with his head flopped over in his wheelchair, seemingly in a world of his own.

A sad-looking Dryer doesn’t talk and hardly moves an inch, but incredibly, the moment he hears his favorite music through the iPod, he instantly lights up and awakens. Clearly enlivened, the elderly man sings and rocks his arms along with the music with delight.

This is the Sundance winning film, "Alive Inside"You can order here- www.AliveInside.org

Alive Inside.org 发布于 2014年11月19日周三

Even more unbelievably, the usually silent man remains conscious even after the headphones are taken off his head. He becomes chattier and can reply yes or no to neurologist and author Dr. Oliver Sacks’s questions.

“The philosopher Kant once called music ‘the quickening art’ and Henry is being quickened,” Dr. Sacks shares.

“What was your favorite music when you were young?” Dr. Sacks asks Dryer.

Alert and wide-eyed, Dryer starts to relive the good old days to Dr. Sacks. “Well, I guess Cab Calloway was my number one band guy I liked,” he says.

Dryer even belts out his favorite Cab Calloway song. When asked, “What does music do to you?” Dryer says, “It gives me the feeling of love, romance. And I feel a band of love, dream. The Lord came to me holy. I’m a holy man. So He gave me these sounds.”

Henry Alive Inside

Watch this gentleman come alive with his favourite music!

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“So in some sense Henry is restored to himself. He has remembered who he is and he has reacquired his identity for a while through the power of music,” Dr. Sacks explains.

The experiment proves that music can work wonders to improve memory in dementia patients. Other than that, modern scientists have also proven music’s therapeutic ability to heal wounds, reduce stress and ease anxiety, lower heart rate, blood pressure, and improve sleep quality, to name a few.

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In fact, the healing effect of music is not a newly discovered concept. It had long been embraced and harnessed by ancient sages of both Eastern and Western cultures.

Around 500 B.C., Greek philosopher and mathematician Pythagoras applied mathematics and music to compose numerous musical compositions of harmonic ratios to heal ailments of the spirit, soul, and body.

Our ancestors believed that music had the power to harmonize one’s soul in ways that [traditional] medicine could not….

Shen Yun 发布于 2014年9月12日周五

Whilst in ancient China, healing was one of music’s earliest purposes. The Chinese character for medicine, 藥 (yào), is derived from the character for music, 樂 (yuè).

According to The Yellow Emperor’s Inner Canon—an ancient Chinese medical text—the five-tone pentatonic scale in Chinese music (Gong 宮, Shang 商, Jue 角, Zhi 徵 ,Yu 羽—equivalent to “do, re, mi, sol, la,” are associated with each of the five major organ systems in our body. Hence, each tone nurtures and energizes each of the different body systems.

According to ‘The Yellow Emperor’s Inner Canon’, the first systematic book of classical Chinese medicine, the five-tone…

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Since listening to music is good for our health, what kind of music performance is good for the soul? Let’s hear it from doctors below!

“I recommend [Shen Yun] as a medicine to the soul of everybody,” Dr. May Jaefar, a retired doctor, told The Epoch Times.

Referring to Shen Yun’s unique orchestra blending East and West, she added, “It is calming to me.”

Retired doctors Karl Norris May Jaefar enjoyed a sold-out performance of Shen Yun Performing Arts on Saturday evening, Jan. 24, 2015, at Hollywood’s Dolby Theatre, formerly the Kodak Theatre. (©The Epoch Times | Sarah Le)

Gynecologist Karl Norris couldn’t agree more.

“To be able to meld the two styles, the Chinese and Western, it takes an extraordinary mind to be able to do that, to pull it off,” Dr. Norris said. “It’s something you must see. It’s a must-do event.”

This year's tour concludes with a concert at the Chicago Symphony Center. A photo in the Center before the concert.

Shen Yun 发布于 2018年10月24日周三

New York-based Shen Yun is the world’s premier classical Chinese dance and music company, dedicated to reviving the 5,000 years of traditional Chinese culture.

“Its stunning beauty and tremendous energy leave audiences uplifted and inspired,” the company website states.

Shen Yun 2019 Official Trailer

The first look at Shen Yun 2019!The classical Chinese dance and live orchestra that audiences around the world have fallen in love with are back, along with all-new dance stories, costumes, and more.Tickets on sale now: https://sypa.us/v_2019tickets. We are constantly adding new cities so check back frequently!

Shen Yun 发布于 2018年9月2日周日

Shen Yun Performing Arts puts together a spectacular performance each year. For ticket information, visit ShenYunPerformingArts.org.

Do check out Shen Yun Symphony Orchestra too, visit https://www.shenyun.com/symphony.