Lincoln-Way Central Music Students Participate in AliveInside
Tuesday, March 2, 2021

Lincoln-Way Central students bring the past to the present via music for local senior citizens.

For the second year in a row, Lincoln-Way Central music students have partnered with AliveInside, a not-for-profit that “connects youth and elders (with and without dementia) using music and transformational education, to ease the pain of Dementia and create meaning for all involved.”

This year, Lincoln-Way Central and AliveInside representatives collaborated with Age Guide, a company that manages elder care in a variety of areas throughout the Chicagoland area.

Students who enroll in the program learn about the brain, brain chemistry, Dementia as a disease, empathy, and better conversation/social skills, along with music from a variety of generations. Students engage in four training sessions and then two sessions of interviews with elders.

Due to COVID-19, students and elders connected via Zoom. During the first interview session, the students and elders engage in enlightening and thoughtful conversation about life, music, and generational differences. The students then took the information collected and created playlists full of music from their past.

During the second session, the music is presented to the elder and the thoughtful conversation continues while enjoying the experience of engaging with the music.

For more information on AliveInside, visit https://www.aliveinside.org/.