Irwin's Birthday Video

April 15, 2019

Watch this beautiful video of Irwin Rosenstein, our Co-Founder, playing the piano. There are also several research facts regarding music and the brain throughout!

Jazzanova Rehearsal Video

February 12, 2019

The Jazzanova musicians are so talented that they still surprise themselves sometimes! Watch as the Jazzanova band performs "Summertime" during rehearsal

Tunes For The Memory Singalong

February 20, 2019

 Watch as The Tunes For The Memory Band singalong to "You're A Grand Old Flag!"

Spectrum News 1 Coverage

February 11, 2019

Spectrum News 1 covered The 5th Dementia's rehearsal before our Valentine's Concert!

Coachella Valley Independent Newspaper

January 09, 2020

Read all about Carol Rosenstein, the Coachella Valley band, "The Tunes for the Memory," and Barbara Fosse, The Tunes for The Memory Point-Person

The Good People Fund

November 05, 2018

Aside from a lovely story on Music Mends Minds, there is also an interesting Q&A with Carol!

Santa Monica Star Newspaper

November 01, 2018

Thank you to Diane Margolin, publisher and owner, and Taber Falconer, reporter, for informing your readership of our musical mission for seniors with cognitive decline. Our story was shared in their November Issue!

September 07, 2018

Recreation and Parks Commission honors Music Mends Minds facilitators! 

September 07, 2018

Read our story on Page 5! 

Live Long and Master Aging Podcast

September 03, 2018

Carol was recently interviewed for a feature on the Live Long and Master Aging Podcast. This podcast focuses on how we can all live longer and healthier, and features many world-renowned scientists and biohackers.

Music Mends Minds Featured on NBC 4's "I Am a Volunteer

August 17, 2018

Bringing local volunteer opportunities to our community!

Click to read their story!

The Good People Fund announces nearly $1.8 million in grants! Music Mends Minds is so honored by their gift.

Meet America Blog

May 29, 2018

This woman is music to a senior's ears. 

FoxFeed Blog

The healing power of music for those with neurodegenerative diseases.

Photo taken by Serene Meshel-Dillman

Carol and Irwin, separated by illness, reunited by music

Read a beautiful news piece about Music Mends Minds, Carol and Irwin from StoryNews in France! 

Photo taken by Serene Meshel-Dillman

CNN Heroes nominates Carol Rosenstein, Founder of Music Mends Minds, as a CNN Hero 2018. Carol’s vision and hard work have brought joy back into the lives of so many seniors suffering from neurodegenerative diseases to include Alzheimer’s, dementia, Parkinson’s, stroke, traumatic brain injury and PTSD through the power and magic of music.


CNN Heroes celebrates "everyday people changing the world," each of whom shows how one person can truly make a difference. Congratulations Carol, you deserve this outstanding honor!

Thank you to the Women's Alzheimer's Movement for honoring MMM Founder, Carol Rosenstein, as their Caregiver of the Week! Read the full story and watch the trailer for "The 5th Dementia Documentary"!

Photo taken by Serene Meshel-Dillman

The Osgood File

September 05, 2017

What can the power of music do?

CBS National News

August 22, 2017

A nationwide program is helping dementia and Parkinson's patients cope with illnesses through music.

KQED The California Report

August 14, 2017

When you think of the debilitating, painful trauma of Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s, you probably don’t think of people climbing onstage to belt out feel-good classics from the Great American Songbook. But then you’re probably not thinking of The 5th Dementia, a Los Angeles group that keeps folks with neurodegenerative disease in the moment by playing music of the past — with help from a few teenage musicians.


May 19, 2017

Inside a church in Los Angeles on a Saturday afternoon, The 5th Dementia is giving one of its biannual concerts to family and friends. The band is comprised of senior citizens, but that's not what makes it unique. All of the members have dementia, a neurological disease usually characterized by cognitive impairment and memory loss. "We share an illness," says band member Diana Davidow, who has Parkinson's disease. "But because of the illness,  we also share each other’s lives."


May 24, 2017

Music Mends Minds seeks to improve the lives of patients with neurological disease, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), traumatic brain injury or stroke and the lives of their families and caregivers through the healing power of music, an area of scientific inquiry that has begun to garner the attention of the medical community with some medical researchers considering music the “new frontier” for treating dementia and utilizing music to lift the spirits and change the brain chemistry of patients.

Along with the TimeOut program, the Music Mends Minds program also provides interaction between students and elderly people. The organization is independent of UCLA and was founded by Carol Rosenstein and her husband, Irwin Rosenstein. The program brings together groups of seniors with various neurodegenerative diseases, such as Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s, and creates musical bands for them to participate in. The seniors and students play various instruments of their choice and sing along to music twice a week. The goal of the program is to use music as a way of healing the mind and help seniors that suffer from neurodegenerative diseases.

September 15, 2015

Like a wilting flower that has just been watered, Irwin Rosenstein sits at the piano and comes to life. In front of the keyboard, there is no sign that the retired Los Angeles attorney has had dementia for three years and Parkinson's disease for nine. All anybody notices is the music, as he launches into "You Are My Sunshine," then "Fly Me to the Moon" with three other band members who also suffer from memory loss or Parkinson's.

PBS News Hour

February 23, 2015

When memory misses a beat, music can offer dementia patients new meaning.

Michael J. Fox Foundation

September 25, 2015

Music is powerful — it moves us physically and emotionally, often transporting us back to a previous place and time. A foot will start to tap along to a beat or tears begin to well up in response to a touching melody. Far from just stimulating memories surrounding a song, though, many believe music can actually help to preserve and even enhance cognitive function.

Cure PSP

December 17, 2016

If you’re looking for something amazing, look no further
than MusicMendsMinds,  Inc. This Los Angeles based nonprofit is connecting music students with older adults who have Early Dementia, Alzheimer’s disease, Parkinson’s disease, traumatic brain injury, and stroke, and restoring the rhythm of life for everyone involved.

The group brought their talents to the Brentwood Presbyterian Church on Friday, serenading their audience with smooth jazz while surrounded by a Christmas Tree and Poinsettias.

CBS Los Angeles

December 12, 2015

Students at Windward High School are building bonds and making music with elderly Alzheimer’s patients in a band called “The Fifth Dementia.” The group brought their talents to the Brentwood Presbyterian Church on Friday, serenading their audience with smooth jazz while surrounded by a Christmas tree and poinsettias.