09-05-17 / 7:25 AM / WHERE “MUSIC MENDS MINDS.”

The Osgood File. This is Charles Osgood from the Dell Small Business Studios on the CBS Radio Network.

What can the power of music do?

Our CBS News colleague Chris Martinez is in Los Angeles with a story for you…

VO – Chris Martinez, CBS News Correspondent
“Eighty-one year old Irwin Rosenstein has battled Parkinson’s Disease and dementia for more than a decade. Even as his illness began to steal much of his mind, his wife says his love for music endured.” (:11)

SOT – Carol Rosenstein
“He was sitting playing piano in our home. Like a dried flower getting a drink of water, he would resurrect!” (:08)

( NAT / Music )

VO – Chris Martinez
“That gave Carol an idea: to start a band for Irwin and others like him.” (:05)

As you’ll hear after this…

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Carol Rosenstein’s idea to start a band for her husband and others like him is about restoring the rhythm of life – through music.

As Chris Martinez tells us…

VO – Chris Martinez
“She created a program called ‘Music Mends Minds’ – (NAT / Music) – bringing together former musicians who now suffer from neurological disorders like dementia.” (:09)

SOT – Carol Rosenstein
“Most of these people couldn’t tell you their name or their address – and you put them together in a musical environment and they come alive.” (:08)

Doctor Jeff Bronstein, a professor of neurology at UCLA, says…

SOT – Dr. Jeff Bronstein, neurology professor at UCLA
“There’s a real link between pleasure centers and music and memory, so I think this is really tapping into a lot of things that they’ve learned earlier in their life.” (:10)

“Music Mends Minds” is looking to form bands across the country – and around the world…

VO – Chris Martinez
“Parkinson’s patient Diana Davidow sings with the original group and says it’s given her an outlet to be with people who understand her struggles.” (:08)

SOT – Diana Davidow
“So nice to be with people who don’t have to be a certain way – just be yourself – and we encourage each other so wonderfully.” (:07)

( NAT / Music )

VO – Chris Martinez
“Bringing people together one song at a time.” (:03)

The Osgood File. This is Charles Osgood on the CBS Radio Network.