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Older Adult Peer Support Programs Gain Traction

Sunday, May 18, 2014

Older adult peer support programs have gained traction nationally and internationally, following the recent publication of an article on the OALTC strengths based peer support model, in The Gerontologist. Dr. Chapin has been contacted by scholars and practitioners both nationally and internationally, who are interested in implementing peer support in their regions.  Hospitals in the Kansas City area and rural Kansas are interested in adapting peer support to serve discharging patients at high risk of hospital readmission. Additionally, faculty from Germany have visited the OALTC to learn more about our Peer Support Project,  and work is now underway  to implement a similar program for  older adults in Leipzig, Germany.  CRADO staff are delighted that our effective peer support model is informing practice elsewhere, and is happy to provide technical assistance to interested scholars and practitioners. 

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