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Java Music Club hits all the right notes

September 29th, 2022

Linda Forsyth at Points West Living Stettler ‘chimes’ in at Java Music Club

“We feel like family, like old friends,” says one resident. Another one says, “I like that we can share our feelings.” A recreation aide says, “I have enjoyed this program immensely.”

What is everyone talking about? The Java Music Club, and it is definitely a hit with the residents taking part.Java Group Programs are based on peer support and designed to alleviate the symptoms of depression and loneliness common to many seniors.  

Thanks to the New Horizons for Seniors Program Grant, Connecting Care was able to secure funding for seven Points West Living Communities to receive the Java Music Program at the beginning of 2022.

Java brings a unique combination of images, music, and readings among a group.  The traditional talking stick is used to help residents honour each other’s contributions.  It gives participants the practical resources that encourage and empower them to seek out and support each other and their lonely or isolated peers.

Recreation teams have reported that the Java Music Club is a positive addition to the social programs offered in their communities.  Gemma, a recreation aide at PWL Red Deer said,

 “I have enjoyed this program immensely, watching the bonds grow between the residents, and also witnessing the residents open up emotionally and being vulnerable.” 

When Shauna Carlson, recreation coordinator at PWL Wainwright was asked what she feels is different about Java Music Club she replied, “The residents can take so much of the ownership.  There is freedom in choosing and delegating different tasks.”

Phyllis, a resident from PWL Heritage House, explained what has stood out to her about the Java Music Club.

“It helps everyone feel comfortable together.  We feel like family, like old friends.” 

Margaret from PWL Wainwright said, “I like that we can share our feelings.  I am surprised how everyone shares their feelings and what they are like.”

The Java Music Program complements the Eden Alternative Philosophy perfectly.  

Lisa Smith, Life Enrichment Ambassador says, “The Java Music Program is really about relationships.  Residents get to know each other on a deeper level, have an opportunity to not just participate but also facilitate the program, and are encouraged to think about and reach out to the lonely individuals who live near them.”

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