Event Date: Aug 09, 2016

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12:00 pm - 1:00 pm EDT

Is there an easy way to build meaningful relationships and reduce loneliness at the same time? 

Join us for this webinar as we discuss how to put peer support into practice with those living with dementia in a way that has worked for many organizations. This includes long term care, assisted living, retirement and adult day settings. Research suggests that programs fostering peer support provide opportunities for residents to be socially productive and develop a valued social identity. 

In this webinar you will be introduced to a re-conceptualization of current practices that will help you shift the focus from entertainment and distraction to one that centers on resident contributions and peer support. 

This integrated KTE webinar event is brought to you by brainXchange in partnership with the Alzheimer Society of Canada and the Canadian Consortium of Neurodegeneration in Aging (CCNA)


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Kristine Theurer is a researcher and has worked in the long term care sector with those living with dementia for over 20 years. She has pioneered the use of standardized peer support groups within senior living. Kristine is a published author of a number of research articles, the most recent of which The Need for a Social Revolution in Residential Care in the Journal of Aging Studies. She is a PhD candidate at the University of British Columbia and recipient of numerous research awards including the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada doctoral grant and the University of British Columbia Public Scholars Initiative. 

Sharron Cooke is a resident at York Region Newmarket Health Centre Long-Term Care (LTC) home. For 5 years, she has been the President of the Ontario Association of Residents’ Councils (OARC), and has been the President of the Residents’ Council in her own home for 6 1/2 years. Sharron has over 35 years of work experience in Office Administration, and has experienced the challenges associated with balancing work commitments and caring for palliative family members over the years.

Sharron has a great passion, advocating for a better quality of life for all persons. She believes in teamwork, and works hard every day to build and sustain relationships with her co-residents, family members and staff.  Sharron speaks openly and candidly about issues concerning residents’ quality of living.  She has been instrumental in supporting the work OARC accomplishes through her involvement in many Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care working groups, research projects, university and college presentations, and traveling to other LTC homes to support Residents’ Council teams.