Webinar Schedule 

"It takes the loneliness away!”: Residents helping residents reduce social isolation. Presented by Kristine Theurer, MA (Gerontology), MTA. Founder, President, Java Group Programs

Wednesday, December 6, 2017 (12:30-1:30pm)

Inside every lonely adult is a kid eating lunch by herself on a bench.” The Globe and Mail writes that social isolation is a looming crisis. Studies indicate one out of two residents in residential senior care report feeling lonely, despite our best efforts and recreation calendars filled with programs. A growing body of research documents the effectiveness of peer support in community services but these groups are rare within residential senior care. The presenter will describe an innovative peer support approach using a program called the Java Music Club as an example, along with evaluations of its implementation in organizations within Canada and the US. The webinar format will include a program walk through,  along with implementation processes and research results. Attendees will leave with a takeaway strategy on how to engage residents and volunteers in helping reduce these critical levels of loneliness.

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