Music has the power to lift our mood or bring us to tears. It can spark vivid memories that instantly transport us back in time. But what about those who those whose memories are locked inside?   This week on Parents Are Hard to Raise, Diane’s special guest, Dan Cohen—founder and executive director of Music and Memory— tells how the gift of music is transforming the lives of people suffering from brain injury, dementia and Alzheimer’s disease.

  Dan Cohen is founder and Executive Director of Music & Memory, a nonprofit organization that promotes the use of personalized music to improve the lives of the elderly and infirm. The therapeutic outcomes of his work are portrayed in the documentary, “Alive Inside,” which won the 2014 Sundance Audience Award.  Music & Memory operates in 5,000 long-term care homes, hospices, home care programs and hospitals across North America and Europe.  He has spent 20 years in technology companies, has served as a consultant/trainer for the US Department of Education, and as an administrator of volunteer and community service programs for a consortium of 17 colleges and universities in New York.

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