In August 2022, a survey was deployed among WCBR residents to explore new/improved programs, services, and resources to support individuals living with dementia or mild cognitive impairment and their care partners. Of the 188 responses, seminars that promoted keeping one’s brain and body healthy, learning evidence-based actionable tips, and understanding dementia and mild cognitive impairment had the highest interest. Subsequent discussions among WCBR leadership team members, Residents’ Association Health Committee members, and related professionals brought forth support for broadening our vision to healthy longevity and the research that highlight modifiable lifestyle factors.
The WCBR Distinguished Speaker Series was inspired by these discussions and evidence-based practices.
WCBR is inviting selected intellectuals, renowned researchers, clinicians, and practitioners to share their expertise on factors that influence healthy longevity. The Series purposes are to promote biological, psychological, social, and spiritual health; to encourage learning; and to support behavior change and the utilization of healthy strategies across the lifespan.
In this inaugural year, WCBR is focusing on social connections, living with purpose, spiritual practice, and lifelong learning. In subsequent years, eating wisely, movement, sleep, caring for your mind, and one’s environment will be explored.
On September 20, WCBR held its inaugural Distinguished Speaker Series. Geriatrician and WCBR Medical Director, Dr. Brad Murray, delivered a message, The Importance of Social Connections, that underscored how humans are hardwired to be together. Furthermore, he defined the many opportunities that individuals, “tribes”, communities, and the nation have to better address health and well-being by creating or strengthening social connections. A crowd of 200 attendees listened, learned, and enjoyed discussion with one another. In addition to the at capacity Rotunda, people also watched on Channel 972, and many who reside in care areas gathered to watch with each other.
You can watch the program here (the video stops when the small table conversations start). Residents can also find the video and PowerPoint slides within the Touchtown app (click the Video icon and then look under Special Events).
The Series includes a presentation, Q&A, small table discussions, and a reception with foods that contribute to healthy longevity.
This quarterly event is open to residents, Compass Club members, associates, board members, family, friends, and the public as space allows. RSVP is required. Attending via Zoom is also available.