Loneliness and social isolation in our society are making international headlines. Research is now demonstrating the loneliness makes people sicker and at risk for a wide range of illnesses including depression, heart disease, cancer, and dementia. In residential senior care settings, one out of two residents report feeling socially isolated or lonely, despite our best efforts and activity calendars filled with programs.
Dr. Kristine Theurer will describe an innovative peer support and mentoring model that addresses these concerns. This model has been implemented in over 1000 organizations across Canada and the US. Recent research results and evaluations of the implementation . . .
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