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Legacy Village at Plantation Manor Teams Up with Lee University to Bring Virtual Arts Learning to Thomasville Seniors

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

THOMASVILLE, Ga. (October 23, 2020) – In fulfilling the commitment to promote good health, mental stimulation, and social engagement for its residents during the pandemic, Legacy Village at Plantation Manor 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 the Legacy Village at Plantation Manor enjoyed going on field trips and outings. COVID-19 and the precautions our facility has taken in light of the pandemic have made us think outside the box when it comes to engaging activities for our residents that are interesting, fulfilling, and safe. 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 Deidre Yates, Executive Director for Legacy Village at Plantation Manor.

 

“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 at Plantation Manor. 

 

Of the approximately 500 students enrolled in the Encore program this semester, 250 are residents of Legacy Village at Plantation Manor 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 Yates. 

 

Each student, including Legacy Village at Plantation Manor 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 at Plantation Manor-Thomasville, GA

Located on a picturesque tree-lined street in historic Thomasville, Legacy Village at Plantation Manor provides a secure, attentive, home-like atmosphere while offering a full range of helpful services to those looking for a senior living community in Thomas County, Ga. The personal care and Alzheimer’s memory care facility in Thomasville, Ga. is among the region’s most innovative.

Legacy Village at Plantation Manor has set the standard for senior housing and retirement services in Thomasville, Ga. and the Thomas County, Ga. area.

More information is available at (229) 227-0880 or www.legacythomasville.net.

Legacy Village at Plantation Manor 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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