Java Webinar Series #3: Dealing with Emotions

Event Date: 06/27/2018 12:00
Location: GoToWebinar


Life is built around our emotions – join us as we explore strategies to deal with emotions that come up during social programs in your long-term care home.  Why increase emotional engagement with our residents?  We will learn about three ways to increase emotional engagement, with a particular focus on how to do this among those living with dementia. We will explore ways to increase residents’ contributions within the Java peer support programs. Finally we will offer strategies to put emotional engagement into action.  Some questions we will answer during this webinar include:

  • How do I offer comfort to someone who is grieving?
  • What do I say when a resident tells me they are scared of dying?
  • How do I cope when a resident starts crying uncontrollably, talking about how lonely /depressed they feel?
  • How can I support someone who suffers from dementia and talks about being scared but is unable to articulate what they are afraid of?


This is the third webinar in a series of four, offered to facilitators of the Java Music Club and Java Memory Care. The webinar will be held on June 27, 2018, 12-1 p.m. (Eastern Standard Time).


java group members

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


Kristine Theurer is a researcher who pioneered the use of standardized peer support programs in senior living. She is a published author; her most recent article, with Dr. Robyn Stone, is The Need for a Social Revolution in Residential Care (Journal of Aging Studies). Kristine leads training workshops for staff working in health care in Canada and the US and presents regularly at international conferences. She has a Master of Arts in Gerontology and received numerous research awards including grants from the Michael Smith Foundation for Health Research and the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada. She serves on the planning committee for the national conference on culture change, hosted by the Schlegel-University of Waterloo Research Institute for Aging.


This project is a partnership between Bruyère Centre for Learning Research and Innovation (CLRI) in Long-Term Care, Bruyère Continuing Care, Java Group Programs and Carleton University, with funding provided by the Centre for Aging + Brain Health Innovation (CABHI).


Please register for this webinar by clicking here.


Any other questions? Please contact Michelle Fleming at