Alzheimer Patient Hears Cab Calloway Music & Comes to LIFE (VIDEO)

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alzheimer patient listens to cab callowayNeed a good cry? Check out this video of Henry, an elderly man with Alzheimer's living in a nursing home for 10 years. Very unresponsive, Henry had trouble answering the most basic questions, that is, until he was given an iPod. In the documentary Alive Inside, social workers, Alzheimer experts, and patients explore the positive effect music has on a person. When Henry is played music from his younger years, like Cab Calloway, his face quite literally lights up. He starts talking about how music is love, and how Cab Calloway was the number one guy he liked. After listening to the music, Henry is alive inside, and again. Get out the tissues ...

What makes the clip so moving, I think, is that we all see a little bit of ourselves in Henry. Maybe it'll be us in that chair, not all "there", when someone plays us a Ryan Adams tune, or a U2 song, and we're awakened, or quickened, as they say in the video. Maybe it'll be our parents or our spouses in that seat, and we'll play them their favorite songs. Music can connect us to one another more than anything else, and as Alive Inside will surely point out, it connects us to ourselves above all else.

What do you think of Alive Inside?


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calim... calimom73

That was amazing!

Eversnow Eversnow

His voice wasn't that bad to be honest. He was adorable!

KWnav... KWnavywife

twweaty twweaty

Im a caregiver and i specialize in memory care, and i have to say thats one thing that has a positive affect on almost every client.. MUSIC! its an amazing "treatment" if you can find out what kind of music they liked, it will brighten their day. its so amazing that they can remember lyrics, release dates, artists, and other things like that... but they can't remember people who have been around them for longer then the music has been around. There are so many mysteries of the human brain. And even more mysteries of the awful disease Alzheimer's and dementia. 


Jennifer Vazquez

I will remember this for my grandmother.  She still live at home with my grandpa but she has alzheimer's.  I forsee alot of Elvis Presly being played in the future!

cherylam cherylam

my mom had premature senile dementia with major depression, and her music was the one thing she really enjoyed.  A doctor, who had initially diagnosed her with Alzheimers, said Alzheimers is like a funeral every day.  The music we played for Mama was the big bands from the '40's ( the neighbors must have thought we were crazy, we cranked it up for her) and she would tap her toes and snap her fingers... any other time she was in a total fog, not knowing any of us, only responding if I called her by her name, 'Mama' didn't get any response.

Vickie Poe

Just lost my daddy to Alzheimers in Nov. I would sing him "you are my sunshine" everytime I went in and when I went out. He always smiled and laughed. I know he laughed cause I could not carry a tune in a bucket, but still that is what I did and it worked everytime. Music is the doorway to the soul, we all have memories attached to many songs and i am sure it works the same for these wonderful people also...This video brought the tears to my eyes, just to see his reaction was so wonderful

Jacqueline Thoennes

That is amazing!  I've always loved music.  I'm glad it's helping the patients.  That is great.

nonmember avatar B

I love this. My grandma died of Alzheimer's about 20 years ago and it was one of the saddest things I ever witnessed as she deteriorated.

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