WEBINAR – “It Takes the Loneliness Away”: Reducing Social Isolation Among Older Adults

Event Date: 01/18/2018 12:00
Location: Online - GoToWebinar



Webinar Overview

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.



  • Discuss the mental health challenges facing older adults and learn how peer support can help advance current psychosocial care practices.
  • Evaluate the research results of the implementation of the Java peer support programs among continuing care communities.
  • 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.

Kristine Theurer is a researcher who pioneered the use of standardized peer support programs in senior living. She is a published author of a number of research articles; the most recent with Dr. Robyn Stone entitled, The Need for a Social Revolution in Residential Care in the Journal of Aging Studies. She is currently continuing her research as a PhD candidate at the University of British Columbia. 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 in Canada, hosted by the Schlegel-University of Waterloo Research Institute for Aging.