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Legacy Village of Jacksonville Teams Up with Lee University to Bring Virtual Arts Learning to Jacksonville Seniors

Through the university’s Encore program, residents of Legacy Village of Jacksonville are experiencing a health-promoting exposure to music under Maestro Bob Bernhardt.

JACKSONVILLE, Al. (October 23, 2020) – In fulfilling the commitment to promote good health, mental stimulation, and social engagement for its residents during the pandemic, Legacy Village of Jacksonville and its sister facilities across the Southeast have teamed up with Lee University to enroll 250 seniors in a virtual arts learning program hosted by Artist-in-Residence Maestro Bob Bernhardt.

 

In weekly webinars streamed every Friday in October, Maestro Bernhardt, artist-in-residence at Lee University and Principal Pops Conductor of the Chattanooga Symphony Orchestra, explores and discusses pieces of music from the middle ages to modern-day and dives into how they can ignite emotions in listeners.

 

Titled “Pandemic Playlist,” these virtual classes feature Maestro Bernhardt talking about and playing excerpts from classical and film music that has helped him navigate these uncharted waters. Each online session features the music of reflection, gratitude, joy, and triumph, the music of all kinds that both soothes and enriches the spirit.

 

“Before the pandemic, the residents of Legacy Village of Jacksonville enjoyed outings and field trips; however, with the increased precautions our facility has taken due to COVID-19, it is important to us to find engaging activities for our residents. The Lee University Encore program has been so great for the residents at Legacy Senior Living’s network of facilities. It offers fun, creativity, and a treat for the senses in the form of Maestro Bernhardt’s music discussion,” said Nicole Smith, Executive Director for Legacy Village of Jacksonville.

 

“Programs like this are much more than a leisure activity for our residents. This type of engagement is a very positive factor in promoting good health for seniors. The social and cognitive engagement help keep their minds working and staying sharp, which is of course essential in the aging process,” said Barry Ray, Founder and Chief Executive Officer of Legacy Senior Living, which manages Legacy Village of Jacksonville. 

 

Of the approximately 500 students enrolled in the Encore program this semester, 250 are residents of Legacy Village of Jacksonville and its sister facilities across the Legacy Senior Living network in five Southeastern states. Legacy Senior Living has covered the $25 enrollment fee for each resident who wished to enroll. 

 

“Lee University has done an outstanding job of adapting to virtual programming during the COVID-19 pandemic, and we’re beyond grateful for the opportunity to provide our residents with this enriching experience in the arts,” said Smith. 

 

Each student, including Legacy Village of Jacksonville enrollees, will have the opportunity to participate in a graduation ceremony in November to celebrate the knowledge gained throughout the course. 

 

PHOTO CAPTION: Residents from Legacy Village of Cleveland engage through music with Lee University’s online Encore program.

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About Legacy Village of Jacksonville - Jacksonville, AL

About Legacy Village of Jacksonville

Located in beautiful Jacksonville, Ala., Legacy Village is known for its experienced caregivers, lively atmosphere and exceptional service. The assisted living services are unparalleled in north central Alabama, and the memory care facility is among the region’s newest. The staff at Legacy Village is friendly, and the environment is designed with safety in mind. Legacy Village values the dignity of each resident, and considers it a wonderful opportunity and blessing to serve them.

More information is available at www.legacyjacksonville.net or (256) 782-0960.

Legacy Village of Jacksonville is part of a family of senior living communities throughout the Southeast owned and/or operated by Legacy Senior Living, of Cleveland, Tenn. Legacy Senior Living specializes in offering independent living, assisted living, and Alzheimer’s care services. More information is available at legacysl.net.

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