Shannon Wallace, founder and CEO of Musical Memory Care™, says that COVID-19 has disproportionately impacted the brain health of vulnerable populations — aging adults, care partners and individuals with dementia. And because of this, her Arizona-based program and Ohio-based Virtual Brain Health Center™ (VBHC) have teamed up, for the first time, to offer a free, weeklong and nation-wide, live streaming brain health event during global Brain Awareness Week, March 15–21.
“[We] are delighted to be partnering with Dr. Culler and the VBHC for an innovative, nation-wide, and unprecedented week filled with mindful content that advocates for and supports brain wellness of families, individuals, care partners, and providers,” said Wallace, CDP, B.A.
Launched June 2020, Musical Memory Care provides virtual and interactive live streaming and on-demand music, movement and memory workshops that aim to serve active adults and those of all ages living with all stages of dementia and cognitive impairment, along with their care partners.
“Providers of community-based services and long-term care are amongst the worst impacted as they grapple with social care service provisions during this global pandemic,” said Dr. Krystal Culler, DBH, M.A., founder and creative director of the VBHC. “As a result, we are thrilled to provide the ultimate in brain health and wellness services virtually; and I look forward to teaming up with Musical Memory Care during this inaugural series of programming to offer these services.”
Free workshops, lectures and sessions, facilitated by multiple collaborative partners, will be offered three-times daily, Monday through Sunday, during this awareness week. The inaugural event, hosted by VBHC, will be divided into three categories: 30-minute physical activities with mindful fitness experts; 45–60-minute cognitive engagement-based lectures with industry experts; and 30–45-minute personal, well-being programs with expert practitioners who will share information about the impact brain science has on people’s lives.