alive inside

Sue Robb, right, shares her memories of studying music as a child with Pacific View Activities Director Lorinda Harless, left.

BANDON — Don't miss the award-winning documentary film "Alive Inside" in a theatrical screening at Bandon's Sprague Community Theater. This free public event is presented by Pacific View Assisted Living & Memory Care at 2 p.m. Sunday, April 19.

Winner of the 2014 Sundance Film Festival Audience Award, the film explores music’s ability to combat memory loss, with stories of family members who have witnessed the positive effects of personalized music on their loved ones.

Stay after the film for refreshments and a community discussion of resources for those in need of memory care, as well as support for caregivers in the home and assisted living settings. Experienced health professionals and caregivers will answer questions and contribute to the discussion.

The Sprague Theater is located in Bandon City Park, 1202 11th Street SW. Reserved seating is recommended. Call Pacific View at 541-347-7502.

Age-related memory loss is a challenge for many. The Pacific View community wants to extend support to its South Coast neighbors, beginning with the Sprague Theater event, said executive director Debbie Wilson.

Memory care promotes a lifestyle that is active and engaging, Wilson explained. Pacific View is participating with the nonprofit organization Music & Memory to bring portable, personal music systems to residents. The organization was founded by social worker Dan Cohen, whose work is featured in "Alive Inside."

Participation with Music & Memory includes staff preparation, such as tips on talking about music and building personal MP3 playlists. Pacific View staff look forward to sharing their continued education about memory care.

"Not everybody is ready to move into the (memory care) community, but they need that support," said Memory Care Program Administrator Leslie Davis.

At Pacific View, the Music & Memory program is an extension of the activities staff and residents already share together. Community residents sing and play music several times a week. Memories, movement and relaxation can all be stimulated by a favorite song, observed Billie Green, Memory Care Activities Director.

Fellow Activities Director Lorinda Harless says she looks forward to the Music & Memory program for one-on-one interaction, especially to comfort those struggling with the confusion and fear that can result from memory loss.

"Sometimes they need a little more than silent hand holding," Harless said.