Brown Bag Lunch ‘N’ Learn: Older Adults and their Animal Companions

Brown Bag Lunch ‘N’ Learn: Older Adults and their Animal Companions

Date: 04-Apr-2018

A Lunch 'N' Learn for social work professionals, students, and others who work with older adults.

Date: Wednesday, April 4, 2018
Time: 11:30 a.m. to noon: Check-in and networking; Noon to 1:00 p.m.: program
Cost: Free; bring your own brown bag lunch. Beverages and dessert will be provided.
Location: Jewish Family Service of Colorado Board Room, 3201 South Tamarac Drive, Denver, CO 80231 | map

Space is limited and reservations are required by March 30
. Please complete the registration form. If you have any questions, please contact Jeff Jordy at 720.248.4661.

Animal companions make a profound impact on our quality of life. They provide comfort, security, companionship, and a sense of purpose. Caring for animals and accommodating their needs can be a challenge for older adult clients as their lives change and as their pets grow older. These considerations call for a conversation about the impact of pet ownership for older adults, and the purposeful ways in which animals can help us as we age, both through companionship and through intentional animal-assisted interventions. Guest speaker Carri King-Bussard, MA, LPC, of Animal Assisted Counseling of Colorado, will lead a discussion on this topic.

Carri earned her master’s degree in counseling from Webster University in Albuquerque, New Mexico in 1998, and is a Licensed Professional Counselor in the state of Colorado. She earned a Certificate in Animal Assisted Therapy from the University of Denver in 2007, where she is an adjunct professor in the Graduate School of Social Work. She has 25 years of clinical experience, where she utilizes the strength of the human-animal bond while working with children and adults in a variety of settings. She is the co-founder of Professional Therapy Dogs of Colorado, and trains mental health professionals to integrate animal-assisted therapy into their work.

This program is supported by The Stark Fund for Geriatric Social Work of The Denver Foundation and presented by Jay and Rose Phillips Family Foundation Senior Solutions Center at Jewish Family Service (JFS), which provides a variety of programs and services to help older adults stay active, healthy, independent, and cared for. JFS’s experienced care managers provide consistent care, ease transitions, and create a vibrant support team for seniors and their families.