Mending minds through the power of music


Carol Rosenstein is the cofounder of Music Mends Minds. The nonprofit organization creates musical groups for people with Parkinson’s, Alzheimer’s and similar disorders. Music is a universal language that bridges cultures, defies barriers and brings joy to our lives. 

However, for those with neurological conditions, music can do much more than elevate a person’s mood. Some group members have demonstrated a level of coordination and coherency they hadn’t displayed in years, according to Carol. She believes it’s all thanks to the power of music. 

In this LLAMA podcast interview with Peter Bowes, Carol explains the beneficial impact of music for members of Music Mends Minds, including her husband Irwin, who was diagnosed with Parkinson’s and early dementia more than a decade ago. 

Carol also discusses why it’s important for a person to have something they care about and work toward later in life. We also hear from Music Mends Minds members Gene Sterling and Diana Davidow – both of whom are living with neurological disorders.  They explain how music has enhanced their lives in recent years.