The 5th Dementia

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Every Wednesday from 1 PM - 3 PM at the Brentwood Presbyterian Church

12000 San Vicente Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90049

Our History

Carol and Irwin Rosenstein, co-founders of Music Mends Minds, stumbled onto the effects of music therapy as a treatment option for ongoing symptoms of Parkinson's 

After Irwin began playing piano for participating students and adults, he became increasingly energetic, talkative, and hopeful.

His dramatic transformation and through music and social support inspired Carol to share the rhythmic remedy with others who are suffering. Thus, the 5th Dementia intergenerational therapeutic music band was launched.




These were the original members of "The 5th Dementia" and the inception of Music Mends Minds. All four members found a place for them to reconnect with themselves and their loved ones. Carol and Irwin wanted to share this magic with families suffering with similar fates.

Learn more about "The 5th Dementia" with our documentary that is free on Amazon Prime and available to rent on iTunes for $0.99. 

Interested in our documentary shot by Serene Meshel-Dillman?

Read more here

"The 5th Dementia" In Action

2019 Holiday Concert

"The 5th Dementia" is spreading its annual holiday cheer with classics at the Brentwood Presbyterian Church

"The 5th Dementia" In the News

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    February 13, 2019

    MMM Battles Dementia With Melody

    "It's often said that music is the universal language. MMM believes it's great medicine for those struggling with neurodegenerative diseases such as Parkinson's, Alzheimer’s and dementia."

    Spectrum News 1

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    April 10, 2018

    The Healing Power of Music

    Michael J. Fox Foundation interviews Diana Davidow and her experience as a member in Music Mends Minds's flagship band "The 5th Dementia" band. Photo credits: Serene Meshel-Dillman

    Michael J. Fox Foundation

  • August 22, 2017

    MMM Helps People With Dementia & Parkinson's

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


  • August 14, 2017

    Can Joining a Band Fight Cognitive Decline?

     The 5th Dementia keeps folks with neurodegenerative disease in the moment by playing music of the past with help from a few teenage musicians.

    KQED: The California Report

  • May 10, 2017

    The Quad: Students learn from older adults through volunteer programs

    Daily Bruin discusses how MMM utilizes an intergenerational approach  to accomplish their goal to use music as a way of healing the mind.

    Daily Bruin

  • December 17, 2016

    Music as Medicine for the Mind

    Claire Fogarty discusses how MMM has brought their talents to the Brentwood Presbyterian Church on Friday, serenading their audience with smooth jazz while surrounded by a Christmas Tree and Poinsettias.

    Cure PSP

  • September 15, 2015

    The More We Play, More Their Old Selves Return

    Like a wilting flower that has just been watered, Irwin Rosenstein sits at the piano and comes to life. 

    People Magazine

  • February 23, 2015

    Music Offers Dementia Patients New Meaning

    PBS interviews 5th Dementia members ,Marina Day & Paul Livadary, on the power of music.  Photo credits: Serene Meshel-Dillman

    PBS News Hour

  • December 12, 2015

    Exclusive: ‘The Fifth Dementia’ Band Pairs Teen Musicians With Alzheimer’s Patients

    Windward High School students are building bonds and making music with elderly Alzheimer’s patients with “The Fifth Dementia.” 

    CBS Los Angeles

  • November 03, 2015

    Swinging with The 5th Dementia

    Swinging with the 5th Dementia: Twice a week, four older men get together to make music. There may be nothing unusual about that, but aging has not been kind to them: To varying degrees, they’ve been affected by dementia or Parkinson’s disease. 

    Jewish Journal

  • November 04, 2015

    Healing Through Music

    Proving that music truly can be one of life’s greatest gifts, the new intergenerational music therapy project MMM is dedicated to “restoring the rhythm of life” for individuals in West Los Angeles who are affected by neurodegenerative diseases

    Jewish Journal

Interested in joining "The 5th Dementia"? 

Contact us at info@musicmendsminds or call us at (818) 326-0500 for more information. 

Music Mends Minds Office

2355 Westwood Blvd #514

Los Angeles, CA 90064

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