Music awakens memories

May. 05, 2015

Music can combat memory loss by touching the hearts and souls of patients. At the sold-out Geriatric Medicine Refresher Day conference on May 6, keynote speaker Dan Cohen will screen the poignant, award-winning 2014 Sundance Film Festival documentary Alive Inside. This documentary follows Cohen as he demonstrates music’s ability to restore a deep sense of self to those with memory loss.

Cohen is the founder of the non-profit group Music & Memory that helps elders in care facilities suffering from cognitive and physical challenges find renewed meaning and connection in their lives through personalized music. This music taps deep memories not lost to dementia, enabling residents to feel like themselves again: to converse, socialize and stay present. Visit the webpage to preview the documentary. On May 6 there will also be a free public showing of Alive Inside from 3:30 to 5:00 pm at the Wolf Performance Hall, Central Library.

Geriatrics deals with the unique needs of the frail elderly, and Geriatric Medicine Refresher Day is hailed as one of Ontario’s premiere geriatric conferences. “We have an outstanding lineup of presenters who will share the most up-to-date medical information and techniques, and bring new insight into optimizing care for seniors,” says conference chair Dr. Laura Diachun, a geriatrician at St. Joseph’s Parkwood Institute.

The conference is hosted by St. Joseph’s Health Care London’s specialized geriatric services in collaboration with the division of geriatric medicine at Western University’s Schulich School of Medicine & Dentistry

Dan Cohen and Dr. Laura Diachun will be available to speak to media:

When: May 6 at 11:00 am

Where: London Convention Centre

If you are interested in attending Cohen’s presentation from 8:30 to 9:50 am, please connect with Anne Kay in advance - contact info below. Please note there is a one hour gap following his presentation and his availability for interviews at 11 am.

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For more information and to arrange interviews:

Anne Kay, Communication and Public Affairs; Page: 519-649-9238


About St. Joseph’s Health Care London

Renowned for compassionate care, St. Joseph’s Health Care London is a leading academic health care centre in Canada dedicated to helping people live to their fullest by minimizing the effects of injury, disease and disability through excellence in care, teaching and research. Through partnership with Lawson Health Research Institute and our collaborative engagement with other health care and academic partners, St. Joseph’s has become an international leader in the areas of: chronic disease management; medical imaging; specialized mental health care; rehabilitation and specialized geriatrics; and surgery. St. Joseph’s operates through a wide range of hospital, clinic and long-term and community-based settings, including: St. Joseph’s Hospital; Parkwood Institute, Mount Hope Centre for Long Term Care, and the Southwest Centre for Forensic Mental Health Care. For more information visit



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