Alive Inside, with Q&A!

Following the screening will be a Q&A with Kelly Willenborg, founder of The Healing Jukebox. Presented by the Music & Memory Organization.

Kelly Willenborg is the founder of The Healing Jukebox, a service which engages the mind and body of seniors through music and rhythmic instrument playing in Central Illinois. She is a member of The Drum Facilitators Guild, The American Music Therapy Association and is a certified instructor of Drums Alive, a drum fitness class for seniors.

Kelly is a St. Louis University Business School graduate. Her notable music projects include the start-up of The Effingham Performance Center concert venue, interning for a Hollywood Music Catalog, and marketing a money-losing Woodstock 40th Reunion Tour. Her goal of delivering personalized music to elders created a natural alignment with the efforts of the Music & Memory Organization. She has been part of a grassroots effort speaking at healthcare conferences in Illinois and Missouri for the past several years about music and the mind with an emphasis on the IPod program. Her efforts also include hosting IPod drives and launching the program in long-term care homes near her hometown of Effingham, IL.

Kelly is a Board of Director for The Half Fund promoting cancer awareness through the arts. She is also a 2009 recipient of the Top 20 Leaders under 40 Award. Kelly resides in her hometown of Effingham, IL.

Alive Inside: A Story of Music and Memory

directed by Michael Rossato-Bennett starring Bobby Mcferrin, Dan Cohen, Louise Dueno, Norman Hardie

As dementia continues to affect millions of elderly Americans, Alive Inside reveals a remarkable, music-based breakthrough that has already transformed lives.

Spearheaded by social worker Dan Cohen, we learn that songs from a patient’s past can awaken memories and emotions that have been asleep for years, sometimes decades. Through revealing conversations with renowned neurologist Oliver Sacks and musician Bobby McFerrin, as well as powerful firsthand experiments conducted by Cohen in nursing homes, this uplifting documentary demonstrates how connecting the elderly to the music they love not only combats memory loss but also supplements a broken healthcare system often indifferent to interpersonal connections.

Audience Award at the 2014 Sundance Film Festival

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