Category Archive for "Education"

What would you tell people who feel anxious about meeting the new regs?

What would you tell people who feel anxious about meeting the new regs?

Regulatory expert/guest blogger, Carmen Bowman, has an answer: First of all, to answer this question, the “new” regs actually contain most of the “old” regs, so there is that. Much of these requirements should not be a surprise to any

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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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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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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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Colorado Grant Project Says Optimizing Medication Usage Packs a Punch

The conversation about rethinking medication use is getting more interesting. While important strides are being made to reduce antipsychotic use, the issue is actually only one piece in a puzzle that has even larger impact.

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Oklahoma Sees Results from Dementia Training... and More is On the Way

Oklahoma Sees Results from Dementia Training… and More is On the Way

In 2014, the Oklahoma State Department of Health (OSDH) awarded The Eden Alternative grant dollars to support Oklahoma’s reduction of antipsychotic drug use through the delivery of Dementia Beyond Drugs training.

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Reflections on Making a Difference in Oklahoma

Reflections on Making a Difference in Oklahoma

  Hank Hartsell is the Deputy Commissioner of Protective Health Services for the Oklahoma State Department of Health (OSDH). OSDH has granted funds to help representatives of Oklahoma nursing homes learn more about reducing antipsychotics for those who live with

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Oklahoma Takes on Dementia Beyond Drugs

Oklahoma Takes on Dementia Beyond Drugs

Since 2011, three states have provided funded registration for this training to hundreds of nursing home employees through the support of CMP funds. This year, Oklahoma is stepping up to the plate by welcoming geriatrician and award-winning author Dr. Al Power to facilitate three Dementia Beyond Drugs events in May 2015.

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Educators Drive Transformative Eldercare to New Heights

These Educators return to their peers, and the Elders they serve, this week equipped with new ideas and knowledge, prepared to facilitate learning experiences for all the care partners they support.

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The Case For Continuing Education

The Case For Continuing Education

There are lots of way to continue learning once your “education” is complete. I would argue everyone has the opportunity to learn something new everyday. Weather or not we actually do is another matter.

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Customer Service Driven Therapy

Customer Service Driven Therapy

What do you believe creates a great healing experience for someone who needs short-term care?

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How Does Art Contribute to Your Well-being?

The arts have an ability to sooth, move, and inspire us. When our lives are touched by the creativity of others, we often feel “called” to get in touch with our own. With this in mind, conference-goers at the Eden
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Homewatch CareGivers: Taking It to the Streets

Homewatch CareGivers: Taking It to the Streets

As someone who first discovered The Eden Alternative as a family member, I’ve always been passionate about how person-directed care can make a difference in home and community-based settings. The marriage of the two has always been a no-brainer to

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Minimizing Preventable Illnesses: A Person-Directed Case Study

Proactive approaches to preventing illness can transform quality of care and quality of life.  There are even more gains when organizations create fully integrated performance improvement strategies that keep in mind the overall well-being of all involved.  Why is this

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It’s Time to Celebrate!

We are very excited to announce that Sherbrooke Community Centre has been on the the Eden Alternative journey for 15 years; and what a wonderful 15 years it has been. We have so many reasons to celebrate and so many

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Stage Three of Tribal Leadership: “I’m Great!”

As we count down to the conference, we’ve been talking to best-selling author John King about his book, Tribal Leadership.  Labeled an “unusually nuanced view of high-performance cultures,” Tribal Leadership frames leadership in terms of five distinct stages, each involving

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Stage Two of Tribal Leadership: "My Life Sucks"

“People in Stage Two have pretty much taken themselves out of the game. They find themselves cynical or in despair, so they’ve disconnected from others in the workspace,” says John King, Tribal Leadership.

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Exploring Tribal Leadership: Stage One

Several weeks back I posted a blog featuring an interview with John King, author of the best-selling book Tribal Leadership:  Leveraging Natural Groups to Build a Thriving Organization and a keynote speaker at the 2014 Eden Alternative International Conference. During

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Culture Change is for Everyone – Talkin' Bout a Revolution

The first time I met Bill Thomas was in 1996 in San Marcos, Texas.  My father was living with Alzheimer’s disease and had found home in a long-term care community new to the Eden Alternative journey.  In town for an

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Remembering the Why’s

The recent Neighborhood Guide Training with the team from Sunset Retirement Communities was a good reminder of why this training, and growing empowered teams of employee care partners, is so important for our 2014 New Year’s growth plans. Throughout the

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Nashville's High Notes

As a native Tennessean, you can imagine my excitement when we named Nashville the host city for the 7th Eden Alternative International Conference. There’s something captivating about Nashville, bursting with culture, history and Southern charm. You’ll find artisans here rooted

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“Building Bridges” Between Youth and Elders

Over the last couple of months, Virgil Thomas and I have blogged quite a bit about the impacts of ageism on both Elders and youth.  In these blogs, we encouraged readers to embrace fully what ageism actually means:  “prejudice against

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Going Green(House)

Do UStream? You should. Look for us at the 6th Annual Green House Meeting and Celebration in Boston, MA November 18-20th. If you can’t make the conference don’t panic because we will be going UStream crazy. Check out the schedule to see if there is anything

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Coming Back as an Eden Associate

As some of you might know I attended my Certified Eden Associate Training last week in Lexington Park, Md. In an earlier post I had mused about what the experience would be like going in. Now I’d like to share

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It Begins with the Conversation …

Advance care planning involves communicating about anticipated medical choices throughout the adult lifespan (including Elderhood), focused on the individual’s goals and values. Have you had this conversation yet? If not, you are not alone. Studies show that less than 50%

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Becoming an Eden Associate

Next week, I will take my first big step down the Eden Alternative path. I will undergo the Certified Eden Associate Training in Lexington Park, MD. Growing up surrounded by The Eden Alternative, I have always had a sense of

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Effective Decision-Making in Moments of Crisis Requires Support

When is it right for an Elder to go to the Hospital? In a person-directed care organization, deciding if an Elder should go to the hospital is driven by the individual’s life goals and preferences first, and treatment second. Eden

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Arkansas Culture Change Blog Reminds Us That Perspective is Everything

The culture change movement is doing incredible things in elder care and telling our stories, thanks to the power of blogs and social media, and believe it or not, The Eden Alternative is not the only one out there writing

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Kentucky Joins Tennessee in Doing the “Right Thing”

Things are heating up in the race to reduce antipsychotic use. Three weeks ago, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) released new statistics ranking Tennessee as one of the top five states to significantly reduce the use of

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Be Courageous Enough to Be Influential

In case you haven’t seen it, one of our educators, Frosini Rubertino, was plugged by McKnights Long-Term Care News for doing her part in the culture change movement with her book Carmelina. “It comes from the heart, through professional and personal experiences in the long term

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Bringing Dementia Training to Wisconsin

The Eden Alternative and LindenGrove, Inc. are partners on a grant proposal to fund Dementia Beyond Drugs training based on the award-winning book by G. Allen Power of the same name, Dementia Beyond Drugs. The 2-day training  from The Eden Alternative applies person-directed care

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Call for Presentations Open – 2014 Eden Alternative International Conference

Today, the Call for Presentations opens for the 2014 Eden Alternative International Conference. Strike a Chord, Resonate Well-Being. Scheduled from April 30 to May 2, 2014 in  Nashville, Tennessee, the conference’s theme highlights the power of the Eden Alternative Domains of

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Eye-Opening and Inspiring!

“This experience has been eye-opening and inspiring!”, a quote from one of the participants at the Neighborhood Guide Training in Conneautville, PA. The training was generously hosted by Rolling Fields, an Eden Registry Member. Twenty-four leaders, committed to growing empowered

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Mission Health Services: Fighting the Negative Effects of Ageism

 “An Elder is someone who has lived the history that we can only read about in text books. Now is the time to honor their sacrifices and  record their stories.” Marvin Maxwell Melbourne III. One day recently on a Eden

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Facilitating Life Passions: Celebrate the Person, Grow the Team

A few days ago I was lecturing my 14 year-old about safety and his passion for snowboarding and long boarding (skateboarding with a longer board). “Mom,” he told me, “You are asking me to hold back on what I love!”

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Reducing Antipsychotics is Hard Work, but Worth the Effort

An article published in today’s issue of McKnight’s cites the slow progress in nursing homes achieving reductions in the use of antipsychotics as sought by CMS. In stark contrast to this report, I had the privilege to hear about a

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Connecting Person-Directed Care to the Baldrige Healthcare Criteria

Culture change with The Eden Alternative strengthens quality across the organization. The Eden Alternative is about so much more than bringing in cats, dogs and birds to a nursing home. There are tools, resources, education, experts, consultants, guides, and much

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Safe to Reduce Antipsychotics Says New Study

A recent article in McKnight’s Long Term Care magazine highlights a study that concludes it is safe in most cases to eliminate antipsychotic drugs without risking adverse outcomes for Elders. This study supports the current initiatives from CMS, AHCA, and

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Meeting Advancing Excellence Goals with The Eden Alternative: Increase Use of Consistent Assignment

Description & rationale: Consistent Assignment means that the same person takes care of the same individual every day he or she goes to work. Staffing this way lets meaningful relationships develop between the employee and individual accepting support. This, in

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Facilitating Diversity Drives Change

Principle Two of The Eden Alternative tells us that the creation of a Human Habitat is the most effective cure for the plagues of loneliness, helplessness, and boredom.  By definition, a Human Habitat is “an environment where different species live

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Twenty Neighborhood Guides Have Their Roadmap to the Future

Twenty individuals became Neighborhood Guides at the end of a five-day training experience in Rochester, New York this past week. Sixteen attendees were from Kirkhaven Transitional & Long-Term Care in Rochester and four were from Schlegel Villages in Ontario, Canada.

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Strong Communication Skills: Step One to Building a Participatory Culture

Successful culture change calls on leaders to create an organizational culture that actively engages everyone in change initiatives.  Leaders who just pay lip service to creating a participatory ethos find out very quickly that they are building their culture change

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Meeting Advancing Excellence Goals with The Eden Alternative®

Goal #1: Improve Staff stability Description & rationale: A stable workforce is fundamental to providing the highest quality care and life in nursing homes and sustaining performance improvement. Working on this goal will provide nursing home staff with resources and

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The Key to Sustainable Change is Facilitative Leadership

Someone asked me recently what was so special about being a facilitative leader.  There are so many ways to answer this question, but let’s zero in on why facilitative leadership is particularly significant to person-directed care across all care settings. 

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Dementia Beyond Drugs: Changing Perspectives and Changing Lives in Tennessee

The Eden Alternative is continuing its collaboration with the Tennessee Advancing Excellence Coalition, the Tennessee Department of Health Office of Health Care Facilities, and CMS by offering another three-day dementia training event in Knoxville, Tennessee, this week from 1/15-1/17. This

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It's a Process, Not a Program

As a society, we love our programs.  Move around in any professional sub-culture and you will hear the word “program” thrown about repeatedly.  We love methodically following their pre-determined steps and adding them to a list of other programs that

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Tennessee Takes on Antipsychotic Drug Reduction

Last week, the first of three multi-day events took place in Nashville, TN, focusing on the reduction of anti-psychotic drugs (see Chris Perna’s recent post for the details).  This collaboration between The Eden Alternative and the Tennessee Department of Health,

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Eden Alternative Delivers Major Dementia Training Initiative in Tennessee

A press release issued today by the Tennessee Department of Health states that the Office of Health Care Facilities has secured a CMP grant totaling more than $370,000 to provide training for 749 people including nursing home direct care staff members,

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Visit Nashville this December!

Set amid the gentle hills and farmlands of central Tennessee, sprawling Nashville attracts millions of visitors each year. The majority come to immerse themselves in music, whether at mainstream showcases like the Country Music Hall of Fame and the Grand

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QAPI and The Eden Alternative®: What Are the Connections?

A recent article in McKnight’s Long-Term Care News entitled “Ready, Set: QAPI!” got me thinking about what long-term care communities are going to need to feel prepared to deal with upcoming regulations coming out of the new Quality Assurance and

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International Change Agents Gather in Iceland

On September 26, 2012, culture change advocates from around the world gathered in Reykjavik, Iceland to listen to presentations about The Eden Alternative.  They shared the challenges they face in bringing culture change to long-term care settings and amazing success

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Eden Alternative’s Presence Felt at AHCA Conference in Tampa

One of the ways we are getting exposure for The Eden Alternative these days is by exhibiting and speaking at industry events like the recent AHCA Annual Conference in Tampa, Fl. In Tampa Nancy Fox and I partnered on an educational

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New Eden Alternative Neighborhood Guides Come Out of Sewickley, PA Training

Two new organizations are stepping up to ensure that their neighborhood teams are successful. Care partners from St. John’s Home in Rochester, NY (Joanne Panarisi-Bottone, Kristine Angevine, and Karen Natoli) and Epworth Village in Oklahoma City, OK (Linda Crawford) attended

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The Eden Alternative Reaches China and Colombia

As of this month, our global reach at The Eden Alternative has officially extended to 6 out of 7 continents!  On September 4th, Dr. Bill Thomas added South America to the list when he landed in Bogotá, Colombia as keynote

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Embracing Elderhood Changes Lives Across Generations

At last week’s Green House Annual Meeting in Grand Rapids, Mich., I had the opportunity to introduce Green House adopters to Embracing Elderhood, an Eden Alternative initiative that brings volunteers, age 16 and older, together with Elders through the power

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Bridging the Gap in Dementia Care

Following are excerpts from an article with the same title as this post written by Kathleen Lourde that appears in the September issue of Provider Magazine, both the print and on-line versions. G. Allen Power, MD, author of “Dementia Beyond

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The Argument for Well-Being Through Culture Change

At the Eden Alternative we’ve known about the plague of loneliness for a long time. We teach about loneliness, helplessness, and boredom, the three plagues of the human spirit, and the negative effects they can have on Elders and their

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The Eden Alternative Hits the Pioneer Network Conference

The Eden Alternative joined over a 1,000 culture change enthusiasts in Jacksonville, Florida, last weekend to kick off the Pioneer Network’s 12th National Conference, Building a Bridge to a New Culture in Aging.  On Sunday, the 5th of August, our

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The Hillside Piano Player

Sandra Wood, the activity coordinator for Hillside Residential Care Home in Swansea, England attended the Eden Associate course taught by our Regional Coordinators for UK and Ireland, June Burgess and Paul Bailey. According to Sandra, this is what happened when

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Real Jobs – Real Descriptions

Who benefits from job descriptions and evaluations?  Is it the Risk Managers, the Human Resource team, the lawyers, Administrators, Nurses’ Aides, Nurses, or housekeeping? Why are they created and evaluated? Ask any number of people that work and live in

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What are the Hidden Dangers of Surplus Safety?

The 6th Eden Alternative International Conference included a unique pre-conference session featuring Dr. Bill Thomas and a panel of long term care experts offering a half-day masters-level course on the hidden dangers of Surplus Safety.

If you attended the last Eden Alternative international conference in 2010, Dr. Thomas offered an exclusive first look at the concept of Surplus Safety, which he was developing at the time. Now, Surplus Safety has become a central philosophy for culture change advocates and a core component of creating a life worth living. It is directly tied to every aspect of life in a nursing home and other long term care settings, including walking, eating, sleeping and even going to the bathroom.

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Home and Community-Based Services Featured in Special Track at International Conference

Home and community-based services had their own track at the International Conference, highlighting the adaptability of the Eden Alternative Principles to different care environments. Featured sessions included:  Person Directed Practice in Home Health Care, Transforming CCRC Culture Through Eden at Home,

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Wellspring Program Becomes Part of The Eden Alternative

Two culture change leaders, The Eden Alternative and the Lifespan-Network’s Wellspring Program, are now one. The official announcement of The Eden Alternative’s acquisition of the Wellspring Program was made last week at the 6th Eden Alternative International Conference. Charlotte Eliopolous, Executive Director of the Wellspring Program, joined Dr. Bill Thomas, co-founder of The Eden Alternative, and me to make the exciting announcement at the opening session of our International Conference in front of more than 350 people from seven different countries.

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Brave Pioneers Create Centers of Growth: Inspiring Stories for National Nursing Home Week: Institution vs. Community

National Nursing Home Week is a time to celebrate all those that are making a positive difference in the lives of thousands by combating loneliness, helplessness and boredom. We invite you to add to the story, increasing the depth of

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International Conference Takes Culture Change Across the Full Continuum of Care

Navigating the Way Home: Guiding Change Along the Continuum of Care, our 6th International Conference, ushers in a new and exciting period of growth for The Eden Alternative.  Scheduled for May 30-June 1, the event features The Eden Alternative’s commitment

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CMS and AHCA Call for Reduced Use of Antipsychotic Drugs — How are You Addressing this Issue?

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) has launched a national action plan aimed at reducing the use of antipsychotics by raising public awareness, increasing public reporting, regulatory oversight and research and assistance. The Eden Alternative has responded by launching two new groundbreaking programs to help reduce the off-label use of antipsychotic drugs: Reframing Dementia and Dementia Beyond Drugs.

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Culture Change Advocates as "Wayfinders"

Life coach Martha Beck’s new book, Finding Your Way in a Wild New World, captures the key qualities of what she calls a “Wayfinder.”  Wayfinders, by her definition, look a lot like culture change advocates to me.  Beck describes Wayfinders

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Culture Change is a Buzz in Texas

On March 12, 2012, Dr. Bill Thomas and 186 culture change advocates gathered at the The Brookwood Community in Brookshire, Texas to share in a movement to transform the culture of care regardless of where people live. The day was filled

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Building Bridges Offers Experiential Youth Track at International Conference

At each Eden Alternative International Conference, we get a chance to take a fresh look at culture change as a community issue. Through Building Bridges, Elders and youth, ages 11 to 15, come together to learn more about each other

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