Janet Gunn & Michelle Gillette model the Franne Golde Collection to benefit MUSIC MENDS MINDS, a charitable org addressing degenerative brain disease
The mission of MUSIC MENDS MINDS is to support the mind and spirit of people affected by neurological disease, cognitive decline, and PTSD through musical groups.
MusicMendsMinds is a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization founded to serve seniors and patients afflicted with PTSD, cognitive decline, and neurodegenerative disease including Parkinson’s, Alzheimer’s, dementia, traumatic brain injury, and stroke, for which there is currently no cure. Their vision is to build musical support groups in an effort to use music as “medicine for the mind” while creating social support networks crucial to their members’ well-being, and providing a joyful outcome for the patients, their families, and caregivers. Their Organization has recently launched a total of 7 bands, including their “Band of Heroes” on the campus of the Los Angeles Veterans Affairs in the “Home for Heroes”, an inpatient mental health facility. Their mission includes an intergenerational component, which brings local student volunteers and musical students to play and rehearse with our senior band members. This fosters a valuable relationship where the seniors can mentor the students, for mutual empowerment and engagement. Recent research demonstrates that in spite of the disease processes, music storage remains intact for these neurodegeneration patients and can act as an alternate avenue of communication as well as being a possible preventative strategy for the delay of cognitive changes and decline. Statistically, we are facing an increasing pandemic of neurological disease and dementia as the population of the US ages, causing cost-containment as well as secondary health issues due to care-taking responsibilities. MusicMendsMinds is at the forefront of providing a unique and novel service, while pursuing a scientific component that will help advance their mission and spread the healing powers of music to all those who need it.
Music industry veteran and clothing designer Franne Golde shares her collection and her heartfelt story with Janet Gunn The Grateful Gardenia on FocusTV’s Fearless Females. Note: Franne Golde donates a portion of the proceeds to benefit MUSIC MENDS MINDS.