Filmmaker Michael Rossato-Bennett, left, producer Alexandra McDougald, and documentary subject Dan Cohen during the 2014 Sundance Film Festival.
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It won't cure dementia or Alzheimer's disease, but music can nevertheless help sufferers "wake up" their memories. So suggests a moving documentary presented at the Sundance Film Festival."Alive Inside: A Story of Music and Memory," the debut feature film by Michael Rossato-Bennett, follows the efforts of one man to convince Americans of the benefits music offers people with dementia or Alzheimer's.He says, however, that music has the ability to penetrate into the recesses of the brain less affected by dementia, which affects 5 million U.S. citizens.When he founded Memory and Music, Cohen's vision was a simple one: to bring a better quality of life to the elderly through music.
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