Film & Enneagram: Alive Inside

As dementia continues to affect millions of elderly Americans, Alive Inside: A Story of Music & Memory reveals a remarkable, music-based breakthrough that has already transformed lives. Spearheaded by social worker Dan Cohen and captured on camera over the course of three years by filmmaker Michael Rossato-Bennett, we learn that songs from a patient's past can awaken memories and emotions that have been asleep for years, sometimes decades. Within a moment of hearing "I Get Around" by the Beach Boys, Alzheimer's patient Marylou jolts back to life, dancing around the living room and expressing a euphoria her husband hasn't witnessed since her illness took effect. Countless instances in Alive Inside provide proof that music stimulates activity in dementia-affected parts of the brain and transforms the quality of life of those often left to languish in silence. Through revealing conversations with renowned neurologist Oliver Sacks and musician Bobby McFerrin, as well as powerful firsthand experiments conducted by Cohen in nursing homes, this groundbreaking documentary demonstrates how connecting the elderly to the music they love not only combats memory loss but also supplements a broken health-care system often indifferent to interpersonal connections.
(Review from IMDB)

Dinner Discussion: Afterwards, we'll meet to discuss the film and the Enneagram over dinner at a nearby restaurant. Suggestions welcome!

Questions to Guide Discussion: We may discuss some or all of the topics here: Discussion Questions. It may help to refer to the list before watching the film.

Note About Experience Level: We will use the Enneagram numbers to identify the personality types. If you are new to the system, we strongly advise you to familiarize yourself with the various types and their numbers beforehand in order to better follow the conversation. Introductory information is available on the internet including The Enneagram Institute's "How to Begin with the Enneagram"

NR -- 73 minutes

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  • Susan

    A brief and moving film that sensitively demonstrated the effects of Alzheimer's, dementia and mental illness on both patients and family members, as well as music's role in helping these people reconnect with past and present. Also, a brief overview of some of the many problems with our broken nursing home system. Some felt that the principled and passionate protagonist, Dan Cohen, could be a One, although there was *some* Sixish "bucking the system" going on. OIiver Sacks presented as a Five, although he was mostly presenting information; interactions with other people in the film would have give a more complete picture. As for the nursing home patients, Denise stood out as a Four -- very individualistic and emotional.

    August 13

  • lori s.

    Interesting people and discussion

    1 · August 11

  • lori s.

    Interesting people and discussion

    August 11

  • lori s.

    Interesting people and discussion

    August 11

  • lori s.

    Interesting people and discussion

    August 11

  • Andrea A.

    Thank you Anne and Susan. I really want see this film, and its only there 1week!

    August 10

  • Susan

    Hi Tobi, We try to meet outside the theater before the movie starts. I'll be wearing a purple shirt and a hat, so you may spot me first. If people are running late, we meet up in the lobby before dinner. As for the discussion, it's pretty loose. We usually just jump in with "Any thoughts on character's types?" or something along those lines, and then the conversation takes off from there. The discussion questions are guidelines, there to help keep the conversation moving, but we don't always use them. My feeling on real-life people v. fictional characters is that even in a documentary, we'll see some indications of character types -- god, I hope so, or imo, that would make for a dull movie. Looking forward to meeting you/seeing you all and hearing your insights.

    August 10

  • Andrea A.

    Had severe stomach ache all afternoon and evening due to alot stressful events, topped off by my phone beng stolen Friday evening. I might not make it tommorrow.

    August 9

    • Anne H.

      I'm so sorry to hear this ...
      I'm having a lot of stress too and my bike was just stolen ... Hope things get Better
      Anne

      1 · August 10

    • Susan

      Hi Andrea, I'm so sorry you're not feeling well and about your phone. Stress is the worst...take care. You, too, Anne.

      1 · August 10

  • ginny

    cant make this one, but i'll catch up with you next time, hopefully.

    July 24

    • Susan

      Look forward to meeting you, Ginny. :)

      August 6

    • Anne H.

      Susan here is another meet up that does film and art that is seeing this film on Saturday at the same location
      This time I will join them because it fits my schedule better
      But just wanted you to know...

      August 6

  • Anne H.

    Hm, I can't find Susan's not online so I'll just paste it in. I have this event down as Sunday August 10th at 3pm ... Can you let me know if the time and date move? 4pm would still work, but not sooner than 3.
    Thanks! Anne


    Hi there,

    The movie opens on August 8, so I don't have the start times yet. We'll aim for 4ish, but I'll be in touch once I have more details.

    Looking forward to seeing you all next Sunday.

    Susan

    August 3

    • Anne H.

      So this is very interesting and confusing
      There are two meet ups which are seeing this movie and called the same this
      You are Susan that the host and here is also a Suzie who said her Saturday post of this was new
      I may end up going to the say one because that it's my schedule better
      Anne

      August 6

    • Susan

      Maybe I have a doppalganger? :) So, this is the only enneagram/film meetup I know of for Alive Inside on August 10, but perhaps another group is seeing the same movie in Saturday? Whatever you decide to do, hope you have a lovely weekend!

      August 6

  • Andrea A.

    I am excited about this documentary because I already believe that positive activities such as playing/singing/dancing to music as well as acting or creating something helps older people to not forget who they are and alleviates depression.

    July 17

    • Susan

      I'm looking forward to the film, as well. I've seen firsthand the effects that music can have on someone with AD.

      July 21

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