Alive Inside: A Story of Music & Memory Recap

Pacific View Senior Living Staff

Pacific View staff prepare to welcome guests to the Sprague Theater.

The Power of Music and Memory

Our Pacific View Community enjoyed a celebration of music and memory at the Sprague Community Theater, Sunday, April 19.

The documentary film, “Alive Inside: A Story of Music & Memory,” illustrates how memory care promotes a lifestyle that is active and engaging. Our shared discussion on the topic of memory care was a welcome opportunity to start a conversation regarding the power of Music and Memory.

Executive Director Debbie Wilson extends special thanks to the professionals who helped facilitate the memory care discussion: Leslie Davis, Memory Care Program Administrator for Pacific View; Liska McNally, Board Certified Music Therapist practicing in Portland, Oregon; counselor Kit O’Callaghan, of Coos Bay, who leads the Family Caregiver Support Group at Pacific View.

Those with questions about memory loss and memory care are welcome to contact Pacific View, 541-347-7502. Our free Family Caregiver Support Group meets the 2nd and 4th Tuesdays of each month, from 10:30 a.m. to 12 p.m.

To learn more about the Music & Memory program, visit

Find additional resources about dementia and Alzheimer’s disease at the Alzheimer’s Association website,

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Alive Inside: A Story of Music & Memory

Don’t miss the award-winning documentary film “Alive Inside” in a theatrical screening at Bandon’s Sprague Community Theater. This free public event is presented by Pacific View Assisted Living & Memory Care on Sunday, April 19, at 2:00 p.m.

Winner of the 2014 Sundance Film Festival Audience Award, the film explores music’s ability to combat memory loss, with stories of family members who have witnessed the positive effects of personalized music on their loved ones.

Stay after the film for refreshments and a community discussion of resources for those in need of memory care, as well as support for caregivers in the home and assisted living settings. Experienced health professionals and caregivers will answer questions and contribute to the discussion.

The Sprague Theater is located in Bandon City Park, 1202 11th Street SW. Reserved seating is recommended. Call Pacific View at 541-347-7502.

Want to reserve your seat? Give us a call!

Want to reserve your seat? Give us a call!

Memory care is about life!

Age related memory loss is a challenge for many. The Pacific View community wants to extend support to its south coast neighbors, beginning with the Sprague Theater event, according to Executive Director Debbie Wilson.

Memory care promotes a lifestyle that is active and engaging, explained Wilson. Pacific View is participating with the nonprofit organization Music & Memory to bring portable, personal music systems to residents. The organization was founded by social worker Dan Cohen, who’s work is featured in “Alive Inside.”

Participation with Music & Memory includes staff preparation, such as tips on talking about music and building personal MP3 playlists. Pacific View staff look forward to sharing their continued education about memory care.

“Not everybody is ready to move into the (memory care) community, but they need that support,” said Memory Care Program Administrator Leslie Davis.

At Pacific View, the Music & Memory program is an extension of the activities staff and residents already share together. Community residents sing and play music several times a week. Memories, movement, and relaxation can all be stimulated by a favorite song, observes Billie Green, Memory Care Activities Director.

Fellow Activities Director Lorinda Harless says she looks forward to the Music & Memory program for one-on-one interaction, especially to comfort those struggling with the confusion and fear that can result from memory loss.

“Sometimes they need a little more than silent hand holding,” said Harless.

Sue Robb, right, shares her memories of studying music as a child with Pacific View Activities Director Lorinda Harless.

Sue Robb, right, shares her memories of studying music as a child with Pacific View Activities Director Lorinda Harless.

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