Live, in-person training before Covid-19.
Socially isolated people have shorter life spans and increased risk of health problems. Older adults are particularly vulnerable to becoming lonely and isolated How do we avoid this? Through regular, meaningful engagement that makes connection and new relationships happen.
Get trained as a CircleTalk™ Leader, you can help reverse social isolation and loneliness and make a measurable difference in the well-being and longevity of people’s lives.
Above - CircleTalk™ at The Carillon Boulder Creek, Boulder, Colorado.
Live Virtual CircleTalk™ Leader Training
Get the tools you need to conduct VIRTUAL CIRCLES from the comfort and safety of your home! (Optional in-person trainings will resume once Covid-19 is no longer a threat.)
CircleTalk™ Disrupts Loneliness and Isolation
CircleTalk™ is dedicated to disrupting loneliness for older adults by leading conversations that lead to rich stories and new relationships. The unique CircleTalk™ curriculum and absorbing activities encourages self-reflection and personal storytelling, that deepen a sense of belonging.From a participant of a CircleTalk™ program to her group:
I just want you all to know that I haven't had the honor of being with so many wonderful souls in a long time, and during COVID, every new meeting seems auspicious! I've thought of each of you as we became friends….. everyone was so generous in sharing their own skills, experiences, pain, and joy in what seemed a safe and comfortable environment……. thanks for enriching my everyday life!
Look at what happens in virtual and in-person circles!
About 1/3 of U.S. adults 45 and older feel lonely. That’s more than 8 million people, and these numbers are growing. Top predictors of loneliness: size and diversity of an individual’s social network, and being physically isolated.
– AARP Research 2018
Next Virtual Training Course: October 11 – November 1, 2022
“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
“I just completed my first CircleTalk™ group and it went fabulously. The weekly meetings were the highlight of my work week!”
– Amelia, Senior Services Support Specialist
“CircleTalk™ is bridging the gap between isolated residents and providing an outlet to enjoy each other. The residents who have joined have learned about one another. They are no longer just faces in the dining room; they are friends. Thank you so much for this program. It is worthwhile.”
– Jennifer, Director of Resident Enrichment
“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!”
– Laure, Trained CircleTalk™ Leader
“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
“My group is going great and we all look forward to getting together every week! I have about 10 residents, male and female, ranging in age from 70-92. We were just going to do 8 weeks but everyone seems to be enjoying it so we are extending it. I think they are learning more and more about each other in a way they wouldn’t if they weren’t part of the group.”
– Lynn, Director of Sales and Marketing