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This is absolutely heartening and shows what the power of music can do. It also shows that those in nursing homes should have their lives made pleasurable and music is one of the ways that can be done.


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'He's been brought to life with music': Video shows elderly man getting down to his favourite big band sound after being slumped in nursing home

By AMY OLIVER
PUBLISHED: 17:04, 11 April 2012 | UPDATED: 07:51, 12 April 2012

In his youth he was always singing and dancing along to the big band sound of the 40s and 50s.

But after 10 years in a nursing home, Henry had become depressed, slumped and unresponsive.

His daughter Cherry recalls her father walking down the street stopping to twirl around lamp posts and dancing like Gene Kelly in Singing in the Rain. Now, she says, he is a shadow of his former self.

But when Henry was given an iPod loaded with his favourite music in new documentary film Alive Inside something remarkable happened.

'Immediately he lights up,' said Oliver Sacks, a neurologist and author
who explored the therapeutic benefits music can have on the elderly for the film.

'His face assumes expression, his eyes open wide, he starts to sing and rock, he's being animated by the music.'

The clip from the film, which Dr Sacks worked on alongside social worker Dan Cohen, has gone viral in the U.S.,
racking up more than a million views on YouTube.

It shows Henry before being given the music, slumped in his wheelchair with his head in his hands.
Care worker Yvonne Rusell says Henry didn't talk to people very much and couldn't answer simple questions.

But after listening to the iPod the elderly man becomes more responsive and alive in the clip.
When asked whether he likes music he says, 'I'm crazy about music'.

He says that Cab Calloway was his 'number one guy' and his favourite song is I'll Be Home for Christmas,
recorded by Bing Crosby in 1943.

He even starts singing the lyrics to to the song and jigging about.
When asked what music does to him, Henry replies: 'It gives me the feeling of love, romance.

'I figure right now the world needs to come into music. The Lord came to me and made me holy, I'm a holy man.
So he give me these sounds.'

The effect on the man, who has a degenerative disease, supports the theories Dr Sacks put in his 2007 book Musicophilia:
Tales of Music and the Brain.

In it he argued that music runs through our neurological makeup and can be used to treat people.

Mr Cohen's Music & Memory organisation is now donating used and new iPods to nursing home patients across America.

Alive inside will premiere on April 18 at the Rubin Museum in New York.


'He's been brought to life with music': Video shows elderly man getting down to his favourite big band sound after being slumped in nursing home | Mail Online

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