As a musician specializing in interactive music workshops for those suffering with all forms of dementia, Shannon Wallace and musical partner Charles Lewis have developed the Musical Memory Care Workshop (MMCW) that provides participants with consistency, love, empathy, respect, and sincerity through music – the ingredients paramount for positive outcomes.
By interactively incorporating music, movement, words, numbers, sound, rhythm and color, MMCW seeks to engage and stimulate participation within each memory care participant with the goal of facilitating a shared sense of community and teamwork, and evoking the endless possibilities of emotional, mental, and verbal responses.
Those taking part in these workshops are able to rediscover their individual vitality and youth that lies within, positively re-evaluate their relationship to the world in which they are an important part, and sense that the world still understands that they are more than just alive inside.
What: Specially selected songs are performed while participants actively engage through rhythmical movement, artistic interpretation, and/or problem-solving games. This process always involves music and whenever possible, integrates head, eye, arm, and hand movements.
Tools: Vocalist, Pianist, Songs, Percussion Instruments, Ideas & Words, Creative Reflection & Vision
Goal: To share musical experiences in as many ways as the participants needs’ demand, and to be as flexible as possible to meet the potentially changing landscape of personalities.
MMCW provides the following services to the dementia contingent, care partners, and elder care industry professionals:
• Group Workshops
• Lecture/Demo Presentations
• One-on-One Workshops
• Speaking Engagements, Conferences, Conventions, Symposiums
• Support Group Facilitation/Presentations
COMMUNITY OUTREACH & INVOLVEMENT:
MMCW is involved with the following organizations:
• Alzheimer’s Association – Desert Southwest Chapter
• Arizona Association of Activity Professionals
• Audrey’s Angels
• Community Lunch & Learn Lecture/Demos
• Duet Partners in Health & Aging
• Help My Senior, LLC
• Scottsdale Arts Creative Aging Task Force
• Scottsdale Leadership
“I have personally had the pleasure of being able to see the benefits that the Musical Memory Care Workshop (MMCW) program has had on my residents. Those who have not spoken in years have begun to speak. Since the conception of MMCW, the program has evolved into something incredibly beautiful.” – Rhonda Thiel, Executive Director, Koelsch Senior Communities
“Shannon and Charles are fabulous! The way they incorporate the therapeutic benefits of music is incredible. Their work enhances seniors’ lives and their level of cognition. The residents of Our Parents Home were so blessed to have them visit our small home and they were always the highlight of their week. I highly recommend, without reservation, their mission.” – Dr. Paul Laven, Physician
“The love you have for seniors is truly a combined blessing.” – Arizona Association for Activity Professionals
“Thank you for all of the beautiful work you and Charles do.” – Lauren Kinhan, New York Voices
“Our residents at Sunshine Village get so excited when they know that Shannon and Charles are coming to do a workshop. The responses from our residents to their workshop are way above and beyond what anyone is able to achieve!” – Jack Silbaugh, Activities Director, Sunshine Village
“The joy that Shannon and Charles brought to the lives of our residents was amazing. Music brings smile and joy to our hearts, and our residents couldn’t stop smiling with Shannon and Charles. Besides being absolutely fabulous at what they do, they brought such a feeling of love to our home. We were so blessed to have them interact with our residents and I am in awe with what they accomplished. We had one particular resident who did not communicate too well, however Shannon and Charles were able to draw her in and she tapped her foot and sang along every song with them. Nobody else can compare to what Shannon and Charles can do with seniors!” – Wendy Laven, Owner, Our Parents House
“I want to thank you for all you do for my sister. Your energy and your talents help so many people at Amber Creek Inn.” – Freida Speropoulos, Resident Family Member, Amber Creek Inn, Scottsdale, AZ
“Seeing the one-on-one attention Shannon gives to each resident during her performance is very impressive — it helps with their eye-hand coordination, and helps keep their minds sharp and alert…” – Judy Lefton, Resident Family Member, Our Parents House
“Music is such a powerful way to reach people with Alzheimer’s. You exude love and acceptance like no other!!!” – Cindy Schmitt, Executive Director, Koelsch Senior Communities
Thank you to the following communities who have and/or continue to support this program:
• Amber Creek Inn Memory Care
• Desert Flower Assisted Living & Memory Care
• Friendship Village
• MorningStar Assisted Living & Memory Care
• My Parents House
• Scottsdale Memory Care
• Sunshine Village
• The Gardens of Scottsdale