Caring Through Music: A New Short Film
by CaringKind and Bang & Olufsen
Caring Through Music documents the transformative power of music, and documents how relatives and caregivers use music to spark memories for people with Alzheimer’s.
Caring Through Music, a short film by CaringKind, New York City’s leading expert on Alzheimer’s and dementia caregiving, with the support of B&O PLAY, a unit of audio company Bang & Olufsen, premiered to the public at large.
Inspired by research showing that music is stored in a part of the brain not affected by the same degree of memory loss associated with Alzheimer’s or dementia, Caring Through Music explores how music is being used as a tool to reconnect with memories of the past in the lives of those affected by these cognitive diseases.
“The film is an honest, touching, and deeply intimate portrait of how music can open the door to memories long forgotten, and how caregivers and family members can use music to create real emotional connections with a person battling dementia”, says Lou-Ellen Barkan, President and CEO of CaringKind, and continues:
“We believe the film, along with audio equipment donated by B&O PLAY for our programs in New York City, will allow us to further our mission of providing support to anyone whose life is touched by Alzheimer’s or dementia.“
A film about the musical being
Video Director Jeppe Kolstrup, whose own grandfather had Alzheimer’s, and his team filmed people with dementia and Alzheimer’s and their caregivers listening to music from their past at CaringKind’s New York City headquarters.
“My vision was to allow the viewer a window into the experiences, good and bad, that the relatives of a person with Alzheimer’s go through,” said Jeppe Kolstrup. “I want to bring the viewer through some of the same emotions that the families go through – and really underline the effects of music on the person with Alzheimer’s and everyone involved in their care.”
Music as a transformative force
Beyond supporting the short film, B&O PLAY has donated headphones and speakers to CaringKind to enhance the on-site programs for family members and professional caregivers. The equipment will also support CaringKind’s innovative early stage center and provide much-needed respite from the burden of care for family caregivers visiting CaringKind.
“At Bang & Olufsen, we strongly believe in the power of music as a transformational force. Caring Though Music is a beautiful and moving film; emotionally powerful with deep meaning for individuals and families affected by a dementia diagnosis, and we hope that the film can help create awareness about dementia and the positive impact of music,” said Jens Jermiin, Director at B&O PLAY.
See the short film
Caring Through Music was brought to life as a collaboration between CaringKind, B&O PLAY and Copenhagen-based creative agency SeLigeMig. The short film is available on:
B&O PLAY is a leading lifestyle audio brand, part of the world-renowned Bang & Olufsen, firmly grounded in 90 years of acoustics, design excellence, and craftsmanship. For more information, visit www.beoplay.com.