Lunch & Learn for Wednesday – October 8, 2014
1pm ET; 12 noon CT; 11am MT; 10 am PT
Kristine Theurer, MA ( Gerontology), MTA
Founder, Java Music Club, Inc
Title: The Java Mentorship Program – “Happiness is…Helping Others”
Biography: Kristine is a researcher and has pioneered the use of mutual support groups within the long-term care sector. She is founder of the Java Music Club program and has worked for over 20 years in long-term care. She is a published author of a book and several research publications, the most recent of which being, The Development and Evaluation of Mutual Support Groups in Long-Term Care Homes, in the Journal of Applied Gerentology. She facilitates trainings and workshops both in Canada and the US and presents regularly at national conferences. Kristine has received numerous research awards including the Michael Smith Foundation for Health Research and the Social Sciences and Humanity Research Council of Canada.
- How to build a culture of positive mutual support based on research on health, happiness and helping others.
- How to enable participants to create a new sense of purpose, how to use Java Music Club with those with cognitive and physical challenges, and how the program can leverage an activity department.
- To contrast the use of the Java Mentorship Program in combination with its foundation program, the Java Music Club, within long-term care homes, assisted living or retirement homes, hospitals, adult day care centers or community services.
- To evaluate how the Java Mentorship Program can enhance mental, emotional and physical health as well as reduce loneliness and depression.
This session will present a unique structured approach to helping older adults/residents seek out and support those that are lonely and isolated in their communities. The Java Mentorship Program is a practical means by which participants including those with cognitive and physical impairment, take an active role in helping others, whether in a long-term care home, assisted living or retirement home, an adult day care or hospital. The program is designed to meet the needs of those who typically don’t participate in activities. Mentors receive a series of trainings, e.g. how to be active listeners, how to deal with grieving, and how to create a safe environment that builds trust.
The Java Mentorship Program is an add-on to the evidence-based mutual support group call the Java Music
Club and together they form a powerful approach to addressing loneliness and depression. This session will
outline how the combination of these two become increasingly engaged in purposeful living.
NCCAP Provider #31352-15
NAAP Credentialing Center #1 – Activities/Programming
NCCAP Body of Knowledge #30 – Program Types
Session #18 of 22
Specialty Tracks – AD/ALL/MC/EDU
Mark your calendars for the upcoming Lunch and Learn Sessions:
- October 22nd at 3 pm ET, 2pm CT, 1pm MT, 12 noon, PT – Lynn Huckaby: Volunteers
- November 12th at 1pm ET, 12 noon CT, 11 MT, 10am PT- Lisa Ost-Beikmann: Care Plans
- December 10th at 1pm ET, 12 noon CT, 11 am MT, 10am PT- Debbie Bera: Resident Council