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Join us for the 2018 Eden Alternative International Conference in Atlanta, Georgia from May 3 – 5, 2018!  Let’s come together and Rise Up for person-directed care and the promise of a life worth living for all.

Chris Perna

Chris Perna

Care that puts the person first is a fundamental human right, and yet, it is still not a reality for so many Elders and their care partners. Time and experience tell us that sustainable change must involve all stakeholders. Culture change is a community-wide affair. It cannot be truly successful without facilitating meaningful conversations that engage all care partners across the entire continuum of care. This is your call to action. Change starts here!

Through a unique conference format, we’ll bring together thought leaders and hands-on care partners. Together, we will share best practices, gain new skills, tell stories, and build new relationships. As a conference participant, you will play a vital part in an international collaboration of people and organizations working to make a better world for Elders and others accepting support, wherever they call home.

We are also excited to partner with Dr. Bill Thomas and the cast of the ChangingAging Tour. Through a very special performance, they will challenge how you think about aging and how we care for each other through insightful storytelling, live music, stunning visuals, and unexpected surprises. This will truly be a special addition to our conference.

We look forward to seeing you in historic Atlanta, Georgia where we can make our own history! Our 2018 Conference APP is now available for free downloading! Stand by for news of its availability. The 2018 Eden Alternative International Conference APP will be your official navigation system before, during, AND after the conference. Look for Edenalt2018 in your APP store.  Make sure you choose to receive push notifications to access important conference updates. Once it’s downloaded, you will be able to access conference updates, find and learn about conference educational sessions, sponsors, exhibitors, special events, and the opportunity to connect to your social networks, as well as other user-friendly features. After the conference, the APP will continue to alert you to practical tips and suggestions uploaded periodically by The Eden Alternative.

Rise Up…Change starts here!

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Chris Perna, CEO




 About the Eden Alternative International Conference

This dynamic biennial event strives to inspire and renew the passion of those dedicated to changing the culture of care across all living environments. Through a unique learning framework, participants have the opportunity to deepen both perspective and skill base by exploring innovative approaches to person-directed care. Learning and networking opportunities promote new ideas and standards of practice participants can apply to enhancing quality of life for Elders and their care partners, wherever they live and work. A vital part of the conference experience is creating an opportunity to build a sense of community and shared learning among all participants. We are proud to be one of two major conferences that focus specifically on culture change. Come learn and grow with us!  It can be different . . .

 Who Should Attend

Previous Eden Alternative International Conferences have drawn attendees from all over the world. We welcome those new to culture change and those on the journey with extensive experience and expertise. We emphasize the value of every voice in this important work. Individuals from across the full continuum of care join us in the spirit of shared learning and discovery, including certified nursing assistants, administrators, licensed nurses, corporate leadership, therapists, activity professionals, social workers, physicians, dietary professionals, home care/home health professionals and other direct care providers, care managers, Elders and others accepting support, family members and advocates, youth, ombudsmen, policymakers, regulators, consultants, clergy, educators, researchers, and designers.