A dozen folks at Jewish Family Service (JFS) will be paying close attention at a Sundance screening for "Alive Inside: A Story of Music & Memory" on Saturday.
That's because the social service non-profit, in Salt Lake City since 1872, plans this winter to begin a music program like the one that's the subject of the documentary.
"Alive Inside" is about social worker Dan Cohen's success in using personal playlists to unlock the minds of nursing-home residents suffering from Alzheimer's and other forms of dementia.
JFS employees have undergone training through Cohen's Music & Memory non-profit. Soon, it will be sending iPod shuffles into the homes of clients, each loaded with a playlist that's meaningful to the client. The agency helps elders age in their own homes, and has programs to guide and give respite to caregivers as well.