CircleTalk™ Participants

“Pioneer Network values remind us of the need to know each person, and that relationship is the fundamental building block of a transformed culture. As we work to transform the culture of aging, care, and support, we need to find more ways to help us grow relationships. To help facilitators and Elders become more comfortable in sharing with each other, and learning how to build strong social networks. CircleTalk helps to meet this vital need.”
– Joan, Pioneer Network

“This course is a hands on blueprint for turning around the loneliness epidemic in the senior community. Bringing the program to any community will improve the mental health of the whole community. The curriculum is complete, relevant, and easy to follow. I am incorporating some of the steps in my Alzheimers support group.”
– Michelle

“Deep meaningful relationships are important for people to enjoy a greater sense of well-being in their lives. However, social isolation as people grow older can often leave them without those relationships. The CircleTalk Curriculum is a valuable tool to help older people create connections and a feeling of belonging and community. I highly recommend this course!“
– Mel

“I have been away from paid work for 17 years. This course was a beautiful soft entry to retraining (compared to Uni) and provided practical skills and support to start work straight away.  My hesitancy was starting my own business, however the need is so great that I really need 4 of me to keep up with community demands.  Many hundreds if not thousands of people will be so happy that you created this online possibility to enrich their lives.”
– Suzanne in Australia

“The one aspect of CircleTalk that most impacted me was seeing the involvement of men! Few social groups seem able to engage men deeply so they have less opportunity to break out of loneliness. CircleTalk found the key.”
– Sivea

“Anytime that you can have an opportunity to get closer to people, it’s a good thing.”
– Chauncey, Frasier Meadows

“Community is key… and when it’s not there, a residence is just an institution.”
– Wil, 89 –Frasier Meadows

“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 in two ways. First was that the core part of the training included demonstration and practice of the facilitation process. Second is that the CircleTalk™ manual is designed in such a way that each section is essentially scripted with suggestions for additional conversation prompts if needed or adjustments for different levels of cognitive ability. 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

“Why isn’t this available to everybody who is in this (assisted living) residence?”
Bill, 82, 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

“This CircleTalk™ community has really enriched my life…my last chapter.”
– Alma, Golden West

“We did enter as strangers and leave as friends. You do really create a small community within a large community.”
– Priscilla, Golden West Senior Living

“This was a chance for our memories and feelings to come up. It was great!”
– Midge, Golden West

“(CircleTalk™) felt warm and comforting—like I belonged there.”
– Bea, Golden West

“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, 85

Voice-impaired Frances had hardly ever said a word in the ten years that Judy had known her. “Except in this group. Here we can hardly get her to stop talking!”
– Judy, 87

 

Professionals

“For a lot of people the change of moving into a senior residence is difficult…you do everything as a group. To have CircleTalk™ come in and give an opportunity to really know a select group, one-on-one, is huge. It can be a make-or-break whether a person is satisfied living here.”
– Jill Moore, Director of Residential Life, Golden West

“If you don’t already have something like CircleTalk™ in your facility, you should. To have a space where people can relate to one another on a personal level. That works!”
– Jill Moore, Director of Residential Life, Golden West

“You see boredom and isolation in a senior residence …I wonder with our regular activities, do people really get to know each other? CircleTalk™ has a whole other dimension..learning about others and yourself, laughing, and even crying. (CircleTalk™) contributes to the overall happiness of people who live here.”
– John Torres, Executive Director at Golden West

 

Family Members

“I noticed a huge change in mom’s attitude. At first I didn’t know what it was. Then mom started talking about the circle and how much she enjoyed talking to people. My daughter said, “We got grandma back!”
– Mary, mother of Doris at Golden West