Category Archive for "Eden Alternative Blog"

Person-Directed Appreciation

Person-Directed Appreciation

Those that know me, or have had me facilitate a training, know that the phrase “I read a book …” is stated often. Well, it’s true, and here is one of my new found favorites. I read a book called

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Al Power Calls for a Rebranding of Dementia Advocacy

Al Power Calls for a Rebranding of Dementia Advocacy

For whatever reason lately, I’m suddenly finding myself in hard conversations about language…. and not just with those who don’t understand the power of language as a tool for shifting paradigms, I’m also getting into it with fellow change agents!

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Signature Healthcare of Hartford Rehab and Wellness Center Joins the Eden Registry

Signature Healthcare of Hartford Rehab and Wellness Center Joins the Eden Registry

Signature Healthcare of Hartford Rehab and Wellness Center in Hartford, Kentucky, joined the Eden Registry on August 31, 2017. The 94 Elders that live here benefit from the home’s central location in the City of Hartford. They are steps away

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Welcome to the Registry - Signature Healthcare of Monroe County Rehab and Wellness

Welcome to the Registry – Signature Healthcare of Monroe County Rehab and Wellness

Signature Healthcare of Monroe County Rehab and Wellness in Tompkinsville, KY, joined the Eden Registry on August 15, 2017. When visitors come to visit this vibrant home, they often comment on how warm it feels when they walk through the

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Sunnyside Adventist Care Centre is on the Eden Registry

Sunnyside Adventist Care Centre is on the Eden Registry

Sunnyside Adventist Care Centre in Saskatchewan, Canada, joined the Eden Registry on August 9, 2017. This home is tucked away in a neighborhood surrounded by great views of the lovely Saskatchewan River. The river provides the backdrop for the dining

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Eden's Newest Registry Member - Brown Memorial Home

Eden’s Newest Registry Member – Brown Memorial Home

Brown Memorial Home in Circleville, Ohio, joined the Eden Registry on July 12, 2017.  This faith-based, historical home located in downtown Circleville is home to 54 Elders.  Created in 1894 by six valiant women that saw a need for residents

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Welcome Signature Healthcare at Colonial to the Eden Registry

Welcome Signature Healthcare at Colonial to the Eden Registry

Signature Healthcare at Colonial in Bardstown, Kentucky joined the Eden Registry on June 29, 2017. Located in the historic and beautiful town of Bardstown, there are 55 Elders who call this amazing place home. Bardstown is so quaint that according

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The Trek to Mississippi’s Grand Canyon

The Trek to Mississippi’s Grand Canyon

The Elders at Wesley Manor, located in Hattiesburg, MS, recently made a road trip to Red Bluff, nicknamed “Mississippi’s Grand Canyon.” A couple living at Wesley Manor came back from a trip to Red Bluff with pictures and stories that

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Introducing Milton Heights  - Welcome to the Eden Registry!

Introducing Milton Heights – Welcome to the Eden Registry!

Milton Heights in Regina, Saskatchewan joined the Eden Registry on May 31, 2017. Milton Heights was built in the mid-1950s and was Regina’s first high-rise apartment building.  After a major renovation, they will offer affordable housing to close to 180

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Signature HealthCARE at Heritage Hall Joins the Eden Registry

Signature HealthCARE at Heritage Hall Joins the Eden Registry

Signature HealthCARE at Heritage Hall in Lawrenceburg, KY, joined the Eden Registry on June 23, 2017. Nestled in the rolling hills of Central Kentucky, this warm, hospitable community is home to 97 Elders.  If you come for a visit, you

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The Top Ten Reasons You Should Submit a Conference Presentation Proposal

The Top Ten Reasons You Should Submit a Conference Presentation Proposal

Two weeks remain for the Call for Presentations for the 2018 Eden Alternative International Conference, and I find myself thinking about the perks of submitting a proposal.  Behold the result of my musings… the top ten reasons why you should

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Welcome The Garden's at Depugh to the Eden Registry

Welcome The Garden’s at Depugh to the Eden Registry

The Gardens at Depugh Nursing Center in Winter Park, Florida joined the Eden Alternative Registry on May 25, 2017. Home to 40 Elders they are situated on a historic 2.5-acre site in lovely downtown Winter Park. This beautiful home features

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Need Inspiration? A 2016 Conference Throwback...

Need Inspiration? A 2016 Conference Throwback…

A mere month stands between your great presentation idea for the 2018 Eden Alternative International Conference and the proposal submission deadline of July 8.  What to do?  What to write? Never fear… inspiration is here!  What better way to get

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Rise UP!  Change Starts Here.

Rise UP! Change Starts Here.

Martin Luther King’s famous “I Have a Dream” speech left an indelible mark on the heart of millions. To this day, it remains a powerful reminder that all human beings seek to be seen, respected, honored, and empowered.  While King

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What’s the Speed Limit?

What’s the Speed Limit?

Spending time with leaders who are open to new ideas and challenging their assumptions can be very inspiring. I recently had the privilege of spending two days with such a group of leaders. We were talking about the challenges of

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United Airlines Debacle: Anything Sound Familiar?

United Airlines Debacle: Anything Sound Familiar?

You’ve probably heard about the big story involving the mistreatment of a passenger who was forcibly removed from a United Airlines flight last week. The incident has created quite a buzz. Well, there’s a very interesting angle to this story

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New Research Reveals Positive Impact of Person-Directed Care

New Research Reveals Positive Impact of Person-Directed Care

A Signature Research Institute study highlights the impact of the Eden Alternative Ten Principles Authors Angie McAllister and Jeff Beaty have detailed the results of a recent study completed by Signature HealthCare regarding the impact of person-directed care practices on

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Oscars Flub & the Knee-Jerk Response That is Ageism - A Challenge

Oscars Flub & the Knee-Jerk Response That is Ageism – A Challenge

So, I watched the Oscars with a friend last night.  As midnight here on the East Coast neared, it was time to reveal the winning film for the Best Picture category. Like a bizarre replay of the recent Miss Universe

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In Response to the PBS Documentary, "Alzheimer's: Every Minute Counts"

In Response to the PBS Documentary, “Alzheimer’s: Every Minute Counts”

There is much buzz about the PBS’ documentary, “Alzheimer’s: Every Minute Counts” in culture change circles this week.  Award-winning author and world-renowned geriatrician Dr. Bill Thomas offers an inspiring counter perspective to the “tragedy narrative” we are all so —

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"Otherization" ... Fuel for Ageism, Foe to Person-Directed Culture

“Otherization” … Fuel for Ageism, Foe to Person-Directed Culture

As culture changers, we make it a daily practice to reach beyond labels and assumptions to deeply know each unique individual. Is it always easy? No. But we know that this alone makes it possible for us to transform the

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McKnights Features Bill Thomas and the Impact of Loneliness

McKnights Features Bill Thomas and the Impact of Loneliness

As change agents, remember when we had to fight to be heard about the impact of loneliness on the human spirit?  In the nearly 14 years I’ve been doing this work, I recall a lot of strained conversations about well-being

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Meet the Newest Registry Member – Signature Healthcare at Summit Manor

Meet the Newest Registry Member – Signature Healthcare at Summit Manor

Signature Healthcare at Summit Manor Rehab and Wellness Center in Columbia, Kentucky joined the Eden Registry on December 16, 2016.  They are home to 97 Elders and have divided their community into four neighborhoods between the two floors. There is

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Welcome Sagewood Continuing Care Community to the Eden Registry!

Welcome Sagewood Continuing Care Community to the Eden Registry!

The Sagewood Continuing Care Community in Sackville, NS joined the Eden Registry on December 9, 2016. They are creating home for 50 Elders in their relaxed comfortable cottages. There are four cottages within the home with private bedrooms for each

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Broken Systems, Not Broken Managers

Broken Systems, Not Broken Managers

We have all heard that people don’t quit companies; people quit managers. That may be true, but it could also be true that people don’t quit managers, they quit broken systems. Maybe they quit because they don’t fit it in,

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Do You Have GRIT?

Do You Have GRIT?

Leading Age Keynote Speaker Angela Duckworth Has the Answer… Grit.  What is it?  According to psychologist Angela Duckworth, there are very specific markers that define grit.  The cliff notes are essentially this:  perseverance and passion over the long-term.  Sound familiar? 

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Beth Baker on the Village Movement and Cultivating Diversity

Beth Baker on the Village Movement and Cultivating Diversity

I’m posting from the 2016 Leading Age Annual Meeting in Indianapolis and have just returned from a panel discussion about the age-friendly community movement.  This global initiative takes a systems approach to creating communities that accommodate and value people of

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An Excerpt from "Relentlessly Pursuing Wonder:  9th Gathering of the Annual CUSP Conference"

An Excerpt from “Relentlessly Pursuing Wonder: 9th Gathering of the Annual CUSP Conference”

Here’s a thoughtful reflection on the work of Bill Thomas by Nate Burgos of Design Feaster.  This is just an excerpt from the whole piece, which explores wonder from a variety of perspectives.  I’m struck by the phrase “Start living your damn

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Home is Where Well-Being Is

Home is Where Well-Being Is

 This article of mine was published in PS Magazine, Issue 15 on Page 16.  It’s based on a personal story that affirms, without a doubt, that home is where the heart is. Jackie loves the arts… opera in particular.  At

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End of Life Lessons from Dad: Lesson #5

End of Life Lessons from Dad: Lesson #5

Dad’s lesson #5 is that specialists aren’t always special. Nancy Fox would tell you that as human beings, we are all about creating constituencies. It is amazing how fast a group of complete strangers can bond and begin to demonstrate

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Change Agents as Wayfinders

Change Agents as Wayfinders

Life coach Martha Beck’s book, Finding Your Way in a Wild New World, captures the key qualities of what she calls a “Wayfinder.”  (No, Martha is not my kin, by the way.) Wayfinders, by her definition, look a lot like culture

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End of Life Lessons from Dad:  Lesson #4

End of Life Lessons from Dad: Lesson #4

Lesson #4 from Dad is about the power of communication. We definitely experienced some poor communication during our journey with Dad. Part of it was the communication that should have happened, but didn’t. For example, when we said “no” to

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Venetian Care and Rehabilitation Joins the Eden Registry

Venetian Care and Rehabilitation Joins the Eden Registry

Venetian Care and Rehabilitation Center in South Amboy, NJ, joined the Eden Registry on August 29, 2016. This beautiful new community completed in 2014 is home to 180 empowered Elders. Venetian was intentionally designed to create a sense of smallness

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End of Life Lessons from Dad: Lesson #3

End of Life Lessons from Dad: Lesson #3

Lesson #3 from Dad’s end-of-life journey was all about the search for meaning. Eden Alternative Principle Six states: “Meaningless activity corrodes the human spirit. The opportunity to do things we find meaningful is essential to human health.” When we teach

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Signature HealthCARE Rocks Elder Vacations... Again

Signature HealthCARE Rocks Elder Vacations… Again

I am always so inspired by this organization’s commitment to living the ten principles of The Eden Alternative in big ways.  Undaunted, they have changed lives by arranging multiple Elder vacations for the people who live in their communities.  There was

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End of Life Lessons from Dad:  Lesson #2

End of Life Lessons from Dad: Lesson #2

Lesson #2 from my Dad’s end-of-life journey is to watch out for Kahlid the Kind. Eden Alternative Principle Seven says, “Medical treatment should be the servant of genuine human caring, never its master.” Dr. Bill Thomas has written a story

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End-of-Life Lessons from Dad:   Lesson #1

End-of-Life Lessons from Dad: Lesson #1

My father passed away recently. It was unexpected; a stroke. Our family found ourselves in a 3-week journey with Dad that was infuriating, exasperating, surprising, and heartwarming all at the same time. I suspect it was much the same as

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Small Home Big Hearts - St. Francis Assisted Living

Small Home Big Hearts – St. Francis Assisted Living

St. Francis Assisted Living in Forest City , AR,  joined the Eden Registry on August 18, 2016. A small home, in a small town filled with people that have big hearts. This is what you can expect to experience at

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Calling on the Past to Heal the Present

Calling on the Past to Heal the Present

This article, published in PS Magazine in the May/June 2016 issue, Pages 18-22, highlights how Elder stories are a source of healing not only on a personal level, but on a global one as well.   Explore how two unique stories illustrate the vast

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The Hidden Restraint, Part 2

The Hidden Restraint, Part 2

This post by Dr. Al Power was published on ChangingAging.org on August 10, 2016. Recently, I posted a provocative argument for considering locked doors as physical restraints.  I have received many comments about the post; and as promised, I am

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The Hidden Restraint, Part 1

The Hidden Restraint, Part 1

This post by Dr. Al Power was published on ChangingAging.org on July 30, 2016. Imagine if we considered locked doors in memory care wards as restraints. Having given many seminars on restraint reduction 15-20 years ago, I am very familiar

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Mariachi and Mom

Mariachi and Mom

This article was published in PS Magazine in the November/December 2015 issue, Pages 22-23.   After my mother passed away in 2010, my family gathered at a Mexican restaurant in San Antonio, Texas to take comfort in the ballads sung

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The Clock is Ticking

The Clock is Ticking

I was watching the movie The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel this weekend. There is a scene where Judi Dench is contemplating a new relationship with a man staying at the hotel. She tells her co-worker that she wants to

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The Kitchen Table

The Kitchen Table

I recently watched a video about finance.  The speaker began by explaining why he had an old beat-up kitchen table on stage. He talked about the history of that kitchen table, which came from his home.  Although he discussed it

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Finding Ourselves Through Our Teachers

Finding Ourselves Through Our Teachers

What I love most about the concept of care partnership is the opportunity to discover new teachers and even be surprised by who they might be. The 18-year anniversary of my father’s passing has just recently come and gone, and

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International Eden Elder Award Winner Honored in Local News

International Eden Elder Award Winner Honored in Local News

Alice Lute stole the show at the 2016 Eden Alternative International Conference… in more ways than one.  Not only was she an honored recipient of the 2016 International Eden Elder Award alongside Lucy Kennedy, but she took away the top

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Inspired Words Make Worlds

Inspired Words Make Worlds

In honor of National Nursing Home Week, we have a treat for you.  We, at The Eden Alternative, recently had the distinct honor of receiving three different poems from 3 inspired change agents.  Not only do they touch the heart

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2016 Conference... Hit Rewind, View Highlights

2016 Conference… Hit Rewind, View Highlights

Something happens for me at the end of every Eden Alternative International Conference.  Within moments of the conference closing, I feel it… a sense of let-down or perhaps it’s “good vibes” grief.  After two years of planning and nearly a

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ChangingAging features Person-Directed Care in the Community through Eden at Home

ChangingAging features Person-Directed Care in the Community through Eden at Home

On Monday, ChangingAging posted a piece by Beth Baker featuring the work we do at The Eden Alternative through our Eden at Home initiative.  It offers a powerful example of how one home and community-based organization in North Carolina is

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The Leadership Transition Myth

The Leadership Transition Myth

You’ve all heard people say that a “little turnover is expected as leaders change.” I’ve heard it too. The other thing I’ve heard is “turnover is a good thing during a transition. It is a chance to get the right

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Principle One Gets the Spotlight in McKnights

Principle One Gets the Spotlight in McKnights

Yesterday, McKnight’s posted an interesting article highlighting The Eden Alternative’s Principle One — access it here.  For those of you who need a little context, Principle One of the Eden Alternative Philosophy states that “The three plagues of loneliness, helplessness, and boredom account

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Making Peace with the Past

“How has Mrs. Smith handled change in the past?” This was how we predicted how well a new nursing home resident would cope with adjusting to placement in 1983. For the most part, this simplistic rule of thumb seemed to

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Support is a Wimpy Word...

Support is a Wimpy Word…

… Especially when it comes to changing the culture of care in an organization. My boss was the first to use it in the journey we were on. He would say, “I’m here for you; I support what you are

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Consumer Education Changes the Game Where Care is Concerned

Consumer Education Changes the Game Where Care is Concerned

Yesterday, the Washington Post published an article entitled “Promise You’ll Never Put Me in a Nursing Home.” I agree with Dr. Bill’s Thomas’ assertion in this piece that having the right language for what we’re asking for is really the

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The Eden Alternative Registry Welcomes its Newest Member – Riverside Care and Rehabilitation Center

Riverside Care and Rehabilitation in Calhoun, KY, joined the Eden Alternative Registry on 1/25/2016. Located in McClean County, they are home to 73 Elders that are enjoying their recently remodeled home. They have new hardwood floors, gorgeous paint colors and

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Welcome to the Registry Points West Living - Wainwright!

Welcome to the Registry Points West Living – Wainwright!

Points West Living Wainwright in Alberta, Canada joined the Eden Alternative Registry on January 21, 2016. This home is nestled in the small town of Wainwright, a unique town in Alberta that has a strong, vibrant & friendly community spirit.

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Signature Healthcare of Putnam County: Off to a Great Start!

Signature Healthcare of Putnam County: Off to a Great Start!

Signature Healthcare of Putnam County joined the Eden Alternative Registry on January 12, 2016. Tucked away in the little town of Algood, TN, they are home to 150 empowered Elders. The folks who live and work here have gone to

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Looking Back, Looking Forward

Looking Back, Looking Forward

As I hang a new calendar on the wall, I am reminded of what an amazing and fulfilling year 2015 was. I was able to travel to 33 cities in 18 states, and another 13 cities in 7 other countries,

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Welcome Points West Living - Lloydminster

Welcome Points West Living – Lloydminster

Points West Living Lloydminster in Lloydminster, Alberta, Canada joined the Eden Alternative Registry on 12/17/2015. There are 65 Elders that live in this vibrant and lively home. To create close and caring relationships, they are divided into 5 smaller cottages.

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Rockcastle Health and Rehabilitation Joins the Eden Registry

Rockcastle Health and Rehabilitation Center in Brodhead, KY, joined the Eden Alternative Registry on November 9, 2015. They are home to 104 Elders, some of which come in only for a short time to receive rehabilitation services. In order to

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No Time Like Now - Ask the Elders Why

No Time Like Now – Ask the Elders Why

Every two years The Eden Alternative puts on an event. This is not just any event. It is an EVENT! We call it our international conference, but it is an EVENT. Note the capitalization for emphasis. For me, my very

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Welcome The Arbors of Del Rey to the Eden Registry

Welcome The Arbors of Del Rey to the Eden Registry

The Arbor’s of Del Rey in Las Cruces, New Mexico, joined the Eden Alternative Registry on October 27, 2015. When you come into this beautiful Southern New Mexico home you will find 24 Elders thriving and enjoying the natural rhythm

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Coach Each Other, Grow Together, Change Lives

Coach Each Other, Grow Together, Change Lives

Last summer, we had the pleasure of working with 20 nursing homes from California and Colorado for a grant project of ours. One of the grant activities involved connecting project participants with culture change leaders who had an exceptional track

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Care Partner Wellbeing Needs a Lift

Care Partner Wellbeing Needs a Lift

A new Gallup poll about the state of mind of healthcare workers tells us that there is “significant opportunity for their well-being to improve.” ”The sobering fact: More than half (51%) of all healthcare workers were found to be thriving in none or only one of the elements of well-being. The findings are bottom-heavy.

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Knocking on the Backdoor to the Soul

Knocking on the Backdoor to the Soul

It’s 1995. My father, who is living with Alzheimer’s disease, sits across from me in a restaurant in San Miguel de Allende, Mexico. He is quiet, staring at his hands in his lap. Most of the day, he’s seemed lost in his own world… one I can’t quite seem to reach. While we sit there, picking at our food, a Flamenco guitarist sets up in the corner of the room and begins to strum a few chords.

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Martin Pistorius: How my mind came back to life — and no one knew

Martin Pistorius tells his story about how his brain came back to life, and how he struggled to regain his connection to the outside world. Imagine being unable to say, “I am hungry,” “I am in pain,” “thank you,” or

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Making It Count with The Passions Project

Making It Count with The Passions Project

My neighbor Sara once told me, “If there’s anything you feel passionately about doing, do it now.” Her words gave me pause. Was I living my passion, I wondered? Was I being true to myself? In her 70’s, Sara had a love for travel and would journey each winter to someplace new… the more remote and challenging the destination, the better.

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Standing Stone Care Joins The Registry

Standing Stone Care and Rehabilitation in Monterey, TN, joined the Eden Alternative Registry on September 24, 2015. When you pull into the drive of this quaint home situated at the end of a cul-de-sac in a small neighborhood you will

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The Delicate Dance

The Delicate Dance

Sometimes, the most extraordinary feats come in subtle, yet profound, packages. As human beings, I find that our greatest displays of strength and courage are often those that are deeply rooted in our vulnerability.

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Pine Ridge Care and Rehabilitation Joins The Registry

Pine Ridge Care and Rehabilitation Joins The Registry

Pine Ridge Care and Rehabilitation in Elizabethton, TN, joined the Eden Alternative Registry on 9/25/2015.

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Seeking Belle Davenport

Seeking Belle Davenport

I come from a long line of head-strong women. On my mother’s side, these iron-willed souls settled corners of the Central Texas Hill Country, where, to this day, I can still bump into cousins I’ve never had the pleasure to meet. It was no surprise, then, when this same determination spurred my 28-year old niece to unravel some enduring family mysteries.

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