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Wednesday, May 6 • 4:00pm - 5:15pm
Residents Helping Residents: A Dynamic Shift in Psychosocial Care
To help address challenges presented by older adults experiencing loneliness and depression, Holiday Retirement introduced a pilot mutual support group program called the Java Music Club™ in communities including a mix of independent living, assisted living, and memory care homes. For those living with dementia, these issues become more acute as the capacity to understand information deteriorates, yet the need for meaningful social engagement remains. Loneliness and depression are associated with numerous negative health outcomes and a significant increase in hospitalizations and health care costs. Using video and interactive learning, presenters will review the theory and structure of mutual support groups, share results and the implementation processes, program effectiveness and lessons learned.

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Tess Aiello

Resident Enrichment Manager, Holiday Retirement
Tess Aiello oversees Resident Enrichment for Holiday Retirement, including Independent Living, Assisted Living and Memory Care programs. Leading a team of 300 Enrichment Coordinators, she provides programming standards, resources, and training guidelines on how to identify residents... Read More →
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Kristine Theurer

Founder, Java Music Club
Kristine Theurer is a researcher and founder of the Java Music Club mutual support group program and has worked in senior living for over 20 years. She is a published author, facilitates training workshops across Canada and the US and presents regularly at international conferences... Read More →

Wednesday May 6, 2015 4:00pm - 5:15pm EDT
Tampa Convention Center | Room 19