Creative activities have been found to really enhance the lives of those physically impaired with dementias. Drawing, painting, and music are used with wonderful result of encouragement and peace, socializing and having fun together with others. The following video is a must see:

Alive Inside: How the Magic of Music Proves Therapeutic for Patients with Alzheimer’s and Dementia

“Could a pair of headphones change the lives of millions of Americans suffering from Alzheimer’s and dementia? “Alive Inside: A Story of Music & Memory,” a new documentary at the Sundance Film Festival, follows a social worker named Dan Cohen who has launched a campaign to bring iPods and music therapy to nursing homes.

We turn now to Alive Inside: A Story of Music & Memory. That’s the name of a new documentary that examines how music helps those with Alzheimer’s. You might be familiar with one of the central characters in the film, a 90-something Alzheimer’s patient named Henry Dryer. The documentary makers of Alive Inside posted video of Henry on YouTube in 2012. The clip began with video of him looking largely unresponsive to the outside world. Then he’s given a pair of headphones to listen to Cab Calloway, his favorite. The music energizes him, awakens him, and brings back old memories. The clip of Henry went viral, was seen nearly 10 million times. Well, the film Alive Inside is now done and has just premiered here in Park City at the Sundance Film Festival. Here’s an excerpt featuring Henry.”

OLIVER SACKS said – In some sense, Henry has reacquired his identity back for a while through the power of music.

 Oliver Sacks work to regain a sense of identity, regain part of your story – memories from music once heard