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Hayward: Free screening of power of music documentary

HAYWARD — “Alive Inside,” a documentary about the power of music to awaken memory in seniors with Alzheimer’s and dementia, will be screened free Thursday as part of the city library’s Book-to-Action program.

The documentary follows social worker Dan Cohen for three years as he takes iPods with personalized playlists into nursing homes, where the music not only awakens memories in unresponsive elderly people, but also triggers the brain so some have lucid conversations with those around them.

The April 30 film showing is the keynote event of the library’s Music and Memory Book-to-Action program to raise awareness and encourage people to share music with seniors.

Cal State East Bay has donated 150 copies of the book “Musicophilia: Tales of Music of the Brain,” to help people learn about the importance of music in sustaining health and wellness. The author, Dr. Oliver Sacks, appears in the documentary.

The free film screening will be at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, April 30, at Hayward City Hall, 777 B St., Hayward. There also will be a performance by Cal State East Bay’s Aphasia Tones Chorus. Aphasia, a communication disorder that often occurs after a stroke, affects talking, understanding, reading and writing. Chorus members benefit by singing in a group.

To register and request a copy of the book and learn more about local music-sharing events, go to http://tinyurl.com/music-memory-2015. For more information, call 510-881-7700 or email sally.thomas@hayward-ca.gov.

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