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Bruyère CLRI: Reducing social isolation among older adults

"It takes the loneliness away": Reducing social isolation among older adults

Thurs, January 18, 2018

The Bruyère Centre for Learning, Research and Innovation (CLRI) in Long-Term Care is pleased to present a FREE webinar series.

Is there an easy way to build meaningful relationships and reduce loneliness at the same time? Join us as we discuss how to put peer support into practice with older adults, including those living with dementia. This approach has been successful among hundreds of organizations including long-term care, assisted living, retirement, independent living and adult day settings. Research suggests that  programs fostering peer support provide opportunities for residents to be socially productive and develop a valued social identity. In this webinar you will be introduced to a re-conceptualization of current practices that will help shift the focus from entertainment and distraction to one that centers on resident contributions and peer support. 

1) Discuss the mental health challenges facing older adults and learn how peer support can help advance current psychosocial care practices.
2) Evaluate the research results of the implementation of the Java peer support programs among continuing care communities.
3) Explore take home strategies to incorporate peer support as part of a new psychosocial care approach.

Presenter: Kristine Theurer, MA (Gerontology), PhD Candidate, University of British Columbia 

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