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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Get Inspired by Memory Care: Award-winning film and community discussion April 19


Reserve your seat today!

Join the Pacific View community for the award-winning documentary film “Alive Inside” in a theatrical screening at Bandon’s Sprague Community Theater 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 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.

Our panel of experienced health professionals and caregivers will answer questions and contribute to the discussion.

This event is free and open to the public. The Sprague Theater is in Bandon City Park, 1202 11th Street SW. Call Pacific View to reserve tickets, 541-347-7502.

Sharon Webb and Billie Green sing "You Are My Sunshine," one of Sharon's favorite songs.

Sharon Webb and Billie Green sing “You Are My Sunshine,” one of Sharon’s favorite songs.

Meet our Memory Care discussion leaders


Debbie Wilson is executive director for Pacific View Assisted Living and Memory Care in Bandon. She is an advocate for healthy, active living at every age. She attended Southern Oregon University, and her work experience includes program direction and compliance for organizations serving adults and children.

Debbie will celebrate her one year anniversary at Pacific View in July.


Leslie Davis is long term employee of Pacific View, now in her 11th year with the community. She is the Pacific View Memory Care Program Administrator, certified through the Oregon Health Care Association. She has a broad spectrum of experience and training from OHCA, the Alzheimer’s Association, and Institute for Professional Care. Leslie assists families and residents through the admission process and day-to-day life, and she manages Pacific View memory care staff.

Leslie lives in Coquille, Oregon, with her husband James and six-year-old daughter Kaitlyn. She spends a lot of her free time with her daughter and her horse, participating in equestrian clubs such as South Coast Barrel Racers Club, and Southwestern Oregon Horseman Association.


Liska McNally is a board-certified music therapist practicing in Portland, Oregon. She earned her undergraduate degree from Marylhurst University, where she is an adjunct instructor and practicum supervisor for the music therapy program.

Her additional training includes a certificate in Neurologic Music Therapy from Colorado State University, Hospice Music Therapy, and specialized training in supervising students and professional music therapists. Liska regularly provides music therapy services to clients receiving memory care in assisted living settings.


Kit O’Callaghan is a semi-retired counselor living in Coos Bay. She holds a master’s degree in counseling and practiced in the area for more than two decades. Her experience includes training with the Alzheimer’s Association to counsel those experiencing memory loss and dementia.

Kit facilitates the free Family Caregiver Support Group, which meets twice monthly at Pacific View. Kit and the Pacific View community welcome anyone facing the challenges of being a caregiver to attend.

Read more about the “Alive Inside” event.

Want to reserve your seat? Give us a call!

Want to reserve your seat? Give us a call!