Loneliness, which Emily Dickinson described as “the Horror not to be surveyed,” is a quiet devastation. We are learning that societies are waking up to the fact that something can actually be done about it.
In Britain, loneliness in aging populations is being viewed as a serious public health issue deserving of public funds and national attention.
Working with local governments and the National Health Service, programs aimed at mitigating loneliness have sprung up in dozens of cities and towns. Even fire brigades have been trained to inspect homes not just for fire safety but for signs of social isolation. Can you believe it?
Dr. Carla M. Perissinotto, a geriatrician at the University of California, San Francisco makes this acute observation: “The profound effects of loneliness on health and independence are a critical public health problem,” said “It is no longer medically or ethically acceptable to ignore older adults who feel lonely and marginalized.”
The CircleTalk program is based on the principle that human connections are essential to the well-being of individuals, particularly in life’s last chapter.
The CircleTalk Leader Course offers an unparalleled experience for professionals and volunteers to become trained in our method and learn skills and processes essential to effectively lead this revolutionary program.
We are enrolling for the December 1st CircleTalk Leader Course and extending our early bird rate until Monday!
As a graduate of the CircleTalk Leader Course, you will be prepared to:
- Facilitate and launch CircleTalk programs in senior community centers, senior living communities and churches, other houses of faith and spirit, or any setting where seniors gather.
- Maximize participation and meaningful engagement to form healthy groups. Directly support a culture of belonging and well-being by employing best practices in group dynamics.
- Lead creative activities and processes that support self-expression and support a positive and open environment for telling personal stories, insights and feelings.
- Become an excellent active listener. Learn how to show value for all who participate in group discussions through deep listening and attuning to group’s needs.
- Effectively use the CircleTalk Curriculum and customize CircleTalk practices to support existing and transitioning residents so that they may integrate into the social network of their community.
- Create a universally accessible environment for full group engagement. Accommodate CircleTalk practices to meet all the needs of group members including those with hearing, vision and cognitive challenges.
We hope to see you on December 1st! Questions? Contact us here.