Connection, Belonging, Relationships.
Americans, More Than Ever, Are Aging Alone . . . Loneliness undermines health and is linked to early mortality.
– The Wall Street Journal, Dec. 11, 2018
CircleTalk is an important social engagement innovation. It brings a turn key solution to address the isolation and loneliness of older adults wherever they gather.
Putting Relationships at the Center
We are currently facing an epidemic of loneliness and isolation affecting more than 8 million older adults. Social isolation presents serious health risks linked to a many devastating health problems and cognitive decline. CircleTalk is working to reverse this tide by creating opportunities for new relationships and rich conversations.
Healthy Aging and the Importance of Human Connections.
CircleTalk programs are designed to build connections and relationships through high quality interactions with others. CircleTalk is a turn key solution with a conversation-driven curriculum that is specifically designed for older adults. CircleTalk programs are a perfect program compliment in any setting where older adults gather including senior-living communities, adult day programs and senior centers.
CircleTalk™ Leaders facilitate focused activities and meaningful conversations so that participants experience a sense of belonging and connection to others. Circle members enjoy 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.
CircleTalk methods are evidence-informed and comprehensively field-tested. Since 2011, older adults have connected in over 3000 hours of CircleTalk programs.
How Does CircleTalk Work?
CircleTalk is a regularly scheduled, one hour conversation program guided by trained leaders that follow the CircleTalk Curriculum.
Who Gets Trained to Lead CircleTalk Programs?
CircleTalk Leaders are senior care professionals enhancing residential life programs in their communities, volunteers leading 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
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
Circle Talk 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!”
“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