Social Work club presents Alzheimer’s educational film

Alive-Inside-Film-Poster-2014The Social Work Club at William Woods University will sponsor the showing of “Alive Inside,” a film about the impact of music therapy on Alzheimer’s patients, at 6 p.m. March 3 in Burton 006.

“We wanted to spread awareness of Alzheimer’s Disease and the efforts and improvements that have been made while working with people suffering from the disease,” Rebecca LaBelle of the Social Work Club said.

Alzheimer’s is becoming more prevalent, and club members hope the audience leaves with a lasting impression on how important it is to try to connect to people with the disease.

LaBelle said, “We also hope people learn how important any connection is, because it allows for the individuals who are suffering from the disease to feel a little glimpse of hope and like their life is whole again.”

She said the event is important because it can help open up conversation and clear up the stigma on 02_ALIVE INSIDE_Photo Courtesy of BOND360diseases like Alzheimer’s.

“It’s important to look at everyone as a whole, as equal, no matter what their age is. That’s a part of Social Work; equality for all. Because America is aging and Alzheimer’s is becoming more prevalent, it’s important to understand the disease and what each and every person can do to make an impact.”

Another key aspect of this film is shedding light on music therapy. Music therapy is becoming more popular, and the lasting improvements are vital to some individuals and their recovery.

“It is another way for people to be able to express themselves in a positive manner,” LaBelle added.