Connection, Belonging, Relationships.
We are currently facing an epidemic of loneliness and isolation among older adults, with up to 43% of adults professing to being lonely. Social isolation has been linked to a higher risk of health problems and cognitive decline. CircleTalk is working to reverse this tide.
Healthy Aging and the Importance of Human Connections.
CircleTalk is designed to build a sense of belonging and connection to others. It is a conversation-based approach using a field-tested curriculum. CircleTalk Leaders facilitate meaningful conversations with participants using focused activities and discussions.
Circle participants have high quality interactions with others through self-reflection, personal storytelling as well as fun and light activities. CircleTalk is changing the landscape of social interactions for older adults and disrupting the potential for loneliness and isolation as we age. Since being founded in 2011, we have trained over 100 CircleTalk leaders and conducted over 3000 hours of CircleTalk programs.
How Does CircleTalk Work?
CircleTalk meetings are guided by trained leaders in the CircleTalk curriculum. Current CircleTalk leaders are senior care professionals enhancing residential life programs in their communities, volunteers starting valuable community building programs, and a variety of other individuals positively impacting the aging landscape.
1. Get Trained
In the CircleTalk Leader Course you will learn the methods and skills, acquire the tools, and get the support you need to lead CircleTalk. We provide multiple options to get trained in this original, innovative program.
2. Begin your Circle
Once trained in CircleTalk, you are prepared to schedule and begin leading ‘Circles’. Our course provides you with the resources of CircleTalk Master Trainers for coaching to get your Circle started.
The CircleTalk Experience
“I have known many of my friends for 50 years and more. I feel like I know these people in the Circle better—and I just met them!”
– Ruth, Golden West Senior Living
“Though very comfortable with one on one client interactions, the idea of facilitating groups has always been a daunting one. The CircleTalk training helped me ease into the process. . . . I don’t worry now about my feelings of awkwardness in leading groups, because I’ve learned through facilitating that ninety percent is showing up, and being present and listening with kindness. The rest takes care of itself!”
“Why isn’t this available to everybody who is in this (assisted living) residence?”
– Bill, Brookdale Wynwood
“Many people feel isolated and have had a hard time getting to really know another person. At CircleTalk, we feel seen for who we are and connected.”
– Carolyn, Frasier Meadows
“Mother was lonely and depressed. She wouldn’t go to any other groups or activities. She finally went to CircleTalk and loved it!”
Molly, MA, LPC,Daughter of CircleTalk participant