Bringing Joy with TimeSlips: Promoting Creative Engagement Among People with Dementia 
Tuesday, January 26th, 2021 from 12:00 to 1:30pm
We invite you to join us on January 26th to hear from communities across northern New England who have successfully implemented the international evidence-based program, TimeSlips. Join us to learn about how the TimeSlips program can connect and promote communication through creativity and creative engagement in care settings with people with dementia, and how you can successfully launch a program within your own community.

Resiliency & Recovery in Congregate Housing
Sponsored by LeadingAge ME & NH, Maine Resident Service Coordinators Association, New Hampshire Association of Professional Service Coordinators and Vermont Resident Service Coordinators.
Hosted by the Tri-State Learning Collaborative on Aging.

Join Resident Service Coordinators (RSCs) and building managers across Northern New England for the Resiliency & Recovery in Congregate Housing calls. We will host these meetings monthly and/or as needed. We’ll be joined by LeadingAge housing policy experts to hear the latest information and will have topical presentations from people engaged in innovative practices in congregate housing across the region. We’ll also leave time for you to learn from each other, which is a hallmark of our programming.

Upcoming calls:

  • February 8, 2021, 9:00 – 10:00am
  • March 15, 2021, 9:00 – 10:00am
  • April 19, 2021, 9:00 – 10:00am
  • May 17, 2021, 9:00 – 10:00am
  • June 21, 2021, 9:00 – 10:00am
A Discussion on Peer-to-Peer Support:

Planning an Intervention Trial Across the Tri-State Area

 

When?            Wednesday, February 10th, 2021, 3:00-4:15 PM
Where?          Zoom

Audience?      Health and social service professionals in aging are invited.

Discussion Led by Dr. Elizabeth Jacobs, VP of Research, Maine Medical Center Research Institute, and Dr. Tom Meuser, Director, UNE Center for Excellence in Aging & Health

As COVID-19 led to the cocooning of the those most vulnerable to severe infection and mortality, older adults around the world became more isolated, increasing their risk of loneliness and depression, both of which contribute to declines in health and increase mortality risk.

Community organizations serving older adults, such as Meals on Wheels and Area Aging Service Agencies in the United States, have recognized this risk and developed interventions to mitigate the risk of loneliness and depression through virtual support programs. They invested time and energy into expanding engagement with their seniors remotely through the telephone and video and helping seniors learn how to use video and telephone technology. Yet it is not clear how effective and feasible these interventions are for older adults who may have difficulty using technology to interact socially and have become more isolated due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

We have a unique opportunity in northern New England to investigate how community-based peer to peer support programs delivered remotely mitigate the impact of COVID-19 on vulnerable older adults, particularly those in rural communities where access to services is often more challenging than in urban, highly-wired communities. The over-arching goals of the proposed research are to evaluate the effectiveness of community developed and delivered peer-to-peer support programs delivered over the telephone on reducing older adults’ loneliness, sense of isolation, and mental health among both the older adults receiving the peer support and those delivering it.

Participants in this Discussion will learn about the proposed project, have an opportunity to comment and ask questions, and suggest potential partnerships.