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We all know that it does take a village to ensure a healthier, stronger and more educated community. The NeuroCommunity Foundation is proud to join with like-minded schools and non-profit organizations that share our commitment to being a responsible and dedicated community partner for those suffering from the disabling effects of Parkinson’s Disease, Multiple Sclerosis, Stroke and Traumatic Brain Injury.

Our community connections:

California State University, Northridge

For several years, The NeuroCommunity Foundation and the Public Health Program  and Health Administration Program at CSUN have been working together to provide valuable internship opportunities for students.  We have worked with graduate and undergraduate students nearly each semester.

For the student, their internship provides the opportunity to gain real-life experience, develop skills, make connections and learn about neurological diseases as they begin their passageway into the field of health education and administration.  The NeuroCommunity Foundation receives fresh ideas, new perspectives and an opportunity to increase our presence in social media.

Music Mends Minds -Restoring the Rhythm of Life 

This spectacular program has classes in Studio City and in West Los Angeles. The 5th Dementia band performs numerous times during the year to raise awareness about ” the power of music” to improve our lives. All concert dates are posted on our website!

Researchers Find Music is Powerful Medicine

Medical researchers today are finding that music is powerful medicine. Considered the “new frontier” for treating and managing the symptoms of neurological/psychological disorders, Music Mends Minds (MMM) is an innovative,    new non profit at the forefront of this organic movement, utilizing music to lift spirits, change brain chemistry and improve the lives of patients with Alzheimer’s and other forms of dementia or neurological disease, PTSD and traumatic brain injury through the healing power of music.

An area of scientific inquiry that has begun to garner the attention of the medical community, Neuro-scientists have made enormous breakthroughs in understanding how our brains work by monitoring them in real time.  Music memories seem to be stored and accessed differently than our “declarative” or event-specific memories. Even individuals with cognitive and memory deficits find their musical memories are intact.

Tasks such as reading or doing math problems or crosswords, activities often recommended in maintaining mental  acuity as we age, each have corresponding areas of the brain where activity can be observed.  But when researchers got the participants to listen to music, they saw fireworks.  And playing music is the brain’s equivalent of a full-body workout, engaging practically every area of the brain at once—including sensory and motor skill areas, as well as auditory, visual and cognitive centers. Simultaneously, it releases such neurotransmitters as dopamine, involved in learning, movement control and mood.

By engaging multiple brain circuits, with a focus on skill improvement and coordination with other musicians, it is believed that the circuitry in the brain can be maintained — even rescued or rewired — through the formation of new connections.

MMM fosters the development of therapeutic bands comprised of cognitively impaired musicians, including those who just sing along or shake a tambourine. By introducing young music students to the program — who also benefit tremendously from the wisdom, experience and spirit of their seasoned partners —MMM creates a positive, cross-generational impact and provides a joyful alternative to seniors’ social isolation. Bringing together musicians, students,family, caregivers and friends to make music builds connections; promotes “aging in place” (in the home); and helps to reduce symptoms, disease-related stress and associated costs of health care.

Additionally, MMM bands offer an opportunity to the entire community to come together to enjoy the music and de-stigmatize these isolating diagnoses.

MMM was founded by Los Angeles-based retiree Carol Rosenstein, 72. Through a personal ad in 1985, Carol (a former chiropractor and clinical nutritionist) found Irwin (a former, high-profile corporate attorney, who also helped establish low-income government housing in California, serving as Chief Counsel for the launch of the state’s HUD office), whom she calls her “Prince Charming.”

When Irwin, now 81, received the devastating diagnosis of Parkinson’s in 2006 and related dementia three years later,

the tireless Carol eventually found a way to not only improve their lives but those of others. Enrolling Irwin in UCLA’s Alzheimer’s and Dementia Patient Care program in 2014, he began playing the piano at the facility … and something miraculous happened.  Within weeks, it was clear that playing music empowered Irwin, who became more aware,responsive, confident, energetic, talkative and hopeful. And so, she formed MMM’s inaugural band, The 5th Dementia.

Recalls Carol of their 11-year journey, “I feel so blessed to have my buddy back and a quality of life that was missing in our home for a very long time. Ours was a love story that I thought was over, but now continues … just to a little different beat. Playing music creates such excitement that it alters the chemistry of the brain and not only mends minds, but families and relationships and I want to share that medicine with others.”

Today, new bands are being formed across the nation (even one in the Philippines) by people who have been inspired by MMM’s story; as service projects with Rotary International clubs as part of their community outreach; and in conjunction with such other organizations as the Department of Veterans Affairs through its Home for Heroes program, which launched The Band of Heroes in Los Angeles.

Want to know more?  Contact Carol Rosenstein at or visit MMM online at

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contribution program. The NeuroCommunity Foundation's Non-Profit Org. number ( NP0 # ) is 82287

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If you happened to enroll prior to Sept 1st, Ralphs requires you to register again.

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If you do not have a Ralph’s online account
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