Posts Tagged "aging"

Education, Not Segregation: Addressing the Stigma of Dementia

Education, Not Segregation: Addressing the Stigma of Dementia

As you may have seen in last week’s Washington Post article, there was a provision in a bill before the DC Council that would affect the future of assisted living communities in the Washington, DC. Area. The provision proposed that

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Gratitude Helps Us Grow - Dr. Bill & Jude Thomas' Gratitude Tour

Gratitude Helps Us Grow – Dr. Bill & Jude Thomas’ Gratitude Tour

Dr. Bill and Jude Thomas, Eden Alternative Co-Founders, hit the road along the Atlantic seaboard recently to connect with Elders and others in the spirit of gratitude.  What inspired this journey? A desire to “express gratitude for the Elders we

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Stronger Together: Deepening Employee and Family Member Relationships

Stronger Together: Deepening Employee and Family Member Relationships

A recent post in McKnight’s suggests that better employee/family member relationships might improve employee retention. This caught my eye, as I came to this work as a highly engaged family member. I can affirm that making every effort to deepen

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Ready, Set, Rewind... Conference Session Recordings Are Here

Ready, Set, Rewind… Conference Session Recordings Are Here

Whether you made it to the 2018 Eden Alternative International Conference (and just want more) or didn’t make it (and want some), you can either relive or experience for the first time several conference highlights on a special 2018 Conference

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Bumps, Bubble Gum, and Bravery

Bumps, Bubble Gum, and Bravery

Our new President & CEO shares this touching reminder that together we are stronger. I travel a lot for work. But no matter how many flights I’ve been on I still get a little squeamish, especially in small planes and

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Changing Aging with Dr. Bill Thomas

Changing Aging with Dr. Bill Thomas

It is little more than a week until we convene the 2018 Eden Alternative International Conference. What better person could we call upon to pump up hundreds of change agents than Co-founder Dr. Bill Thomas? I recently had the pleasure

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A Serpent in the Garden

A Serpent in the Garden

“Trauma results from an event, series of events, or set of circumstances that is experienced by an individual as physically or emotionally harmful or life threatening and that has lasting adverse effects on the individual’s functioning and mental, physical, social,

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Breaking Ground with Jude Thomas

Breaking Ground with Jude Thomas

Over 25 years ago, Bill and Jude Thomas laid the groundwork for what became The Eden Alternative.  What began as a set of principles has grown into a powerful, practical model for person-directed care. With years of experience guiding culture

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Sonya Barsness Reflects on BEING SEEN

Sonya Barsness Reflects on BEING SEEN

I really enjoyed this opportunity to hear from Sonya Barsness about her project, BEING SEEN.  Check out this interview to tap into the power of presence and how being seen is a fundamental need for those who live with dementia. 

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Karen Stobbe and Mondy Carter are IN THE MOMENT

Karen Stobbe and Mondy Carter are IN THE MOMENT

What a pleasure it was to chat with Karen Stobbe and Mondy Carter of In the Moment about their groundbreaking work with improv and transforming relationships with those living with dementia. Check out this interview to learn how it all

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Our Newest Eden Registry Member - Morning Star Care Center

Our Newest Eden Registry Member – Morning Star Care Center

Morning Star Care Center in Ft. Washakie, WY, joined the Eden Registry on February 26, 2018. Former leaders of the Eastern Shoshone Tribe knew there was a great need for a safe place for tribal Elders  to live, be cared

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A City, a Story, a Movement...

A City, a Story, a Movement…

The right to determine how you are cared for, the right to live a life that truly reflects and celebrates who you are, regardless of age or ability – these are basic human rights.  Worth rising up for? We, at

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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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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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Help Us Welcome Mission at Castle Rock to the Registry

Help Us Welcome Mission at Castle Rock to the Registry

Mission at Castle Rock Rehabilitation Center in Green River, WY joined the Eden Registry on March 23, 2016. Located in the high desert of Wyoming, they are surrounded by rolling green fields and pine trees that provide breath taking views

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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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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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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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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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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 #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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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 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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4000 Valley Square Joins the Tribe

4000 Valley Square Joins the Tribe

4000 Valley Square in Grand Forks, ND, joined the Eden Registry on April 14, 2016. Elders in this community enjoy aging in place while benefiting from the many amenities this full continuum-of-care campus has to offer.  Divided into 3 communities,

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Welcome to the Eden Family Tufte Manor

Welcome to the Eden Family Tufte Manor

Tufte Manor in Grand Forks, North Dakota, joined the Eden Registry on April 13, 2016. This is a special place with special people living and working here. They enjoy the fact that they are located in a neighborhood where they

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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 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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A New Year, A New Addition - Parkside Community

A New Year, A New Addition – Parkside Community

Parkside Community in Chase, British Columbia, Canada, joined the Eden Alternative Registry on January 7, 2016, as our first new Registry Member of 2016. This is truly a living center with empowered Elders and employee care partners driving the rhythm

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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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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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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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7 Points On How To Create And Sustain Change

7 Points On How To Create And Sustain Change

Change can be very tricky to affect. So many road blocks exist in the world of of eldercare; from institutional norms, to policies and regulations, to the existing culture of a home, to simple human inertia (an object at rest tends to stay at rest).

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Mallard Bay Joins The Registry

When visitors come to visit this vibrant home they often comment of how warm it feels when they walk through the doors. They notice the friendly faces of the care partner’s employees that greet them and the Elders that are happy and end engaged.

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Welcome Bracken County Nursing Home To The Registry

Bracken County Nursing & Rehabilitation Center in Augusta, KY joined the Eden Alternative Registry on May 27, 2014. Located on 50 acres just 45 miles outside of greater Cincinnati in the rural community of Chatham, Kentucky, they are home to

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Analog Aging in a Digital World

Analog Aging in a Digital World

There was a time not too long ago when, if you stopped a stranger on the street to ask for the time, that person might reach into a pocket or purse, pull out a smart phone, and give you the answer. Unless he or she was wearing an old-fashioned wristwatch. In that case, it required only a glance at the wrist to come up with the answer.

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Meaning And Purpose

Meaning And Purpose

The thing that continues to amaze me is that time and again I hear the refrain “I’m really not much of a writer.” I will hear this after just having read an amazing draft and it often reminds me of the Marianne Williamson quote “Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure.”

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Don't Fall For the Chandelier Effect

Don’t Fall For the Chandelier Effect

Perhaps you saw the New York Times article this month In Race for Medicare Dollars, Nursing Homes May Lag. If you haven’t I would recommend taking the time to read it. The article touches on many distinct issues including how

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Preaching to the Choir

Preaching to the Choir

Like many of you, I spend a good deal of time reading our Eden blogs along with the blogs on Changing Aging and other platforms. Generally I am inspired and sometimes find a point or two that strikes me in

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Driving From Houston to Anchorage

Driving From Houston to Anchorage

Have you been more aware in your later years of the value of those deep and personal relationships with friends, family members, and fellow congregants? I find more and more value in these connections, in volunteering, in social activism than I have in the past. I desperately want others to share my journey, and I want to share theirs.

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The Power Of Language

The Power Of Language

Changing the disrespectful and disempowering language often used to refer to people with dementia will help remove discrimination, stigma and isolation, writes Kate Swaffer.

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Family Outreach And Education

Family Outreach And Education

How does your organization engage family members? So often our energy, enthusiasm, and focus are drawn towards creating caring partnerships between Elders and employees. I am not saying that the bulk of our efforts shouldn’t be devoted to that end, but what about the families? We know, however, that we need to build warm, compassionate teams that engage ALL care partners in the process of culture change.

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Movement Is Life

Movement Is Life

Jerry Seinfeld, a man that most of us associate with humor, was recently quoted as saying “Movement is life”. That gave me pause because it might imply that those who are largely stationary; those whose movements have become smaller and

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#DisruptAging Designing Tech For Elders

#DisruptAging Designing Tech For Elders

Human instinct is to look for a tech solution to most of our problems. Traveling to slow? Let’s build a car. Want to see pictures of cats? Let’s build the internet. Although, when it comes to aging technological innovation can

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Hypothetical Tuesday

Hypothetical Tuesday

What if we were like trees in just one way, what if we showed our growth on the outside? What if with each passing year we grew taller and thicker? What if the oldest and wisest among us were the biggest and most majestic?

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Looking Back: Dr. Ezekiel Emanuel, Open Mouth, Insert Foot

Looking Back: Dr. Ezekiel Emanuel, Open Mouth, Insert Foot

This rebuttal to Dr. Ezekiel Emanuel from our own Laura Beck was our most popular blog post of the year.

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A Look Back At 2014: Segue To Silver

A Look Back At 2014: Segue To Silver

As we all charge boldly into the new year we thought we’d take a step back and reexamine our most popular blog posts of 2014.

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Changing the Game with the Passions Project

Changing the Game with the Passions Project

Sometimes amidst the chaos, there are moments of clarity, when we’re reminded why we do the work we do. I had one of those moments last October, during one of those speaking engagements when you’re not sure anyone really cares what you have to say.

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An Artist Colony Where You Never Have To Go Home

An Artist Colony Where You Never Have To Go Home

I grew up near an artist colony in upstate New York called Yaddo in Saratoga Springs. It had a profound effect on me as a youngster and, it being in a small town, you always knew when the famous artists were there – Capote, Baldwin, Picasso, Highsmith, Puzo.

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Living with Dementia:  "We Shall Overcome..."

Living with Dementia: “We Shall Overcome…”

Living with dementia is about changing abilities, not necessarily growing older. You can be a younger adult and still live with dementia. It’s true that, statistically speaking, a large number of people living with dementia are older people. But to compartmentalize the experience of dementia as an aging issue alone is a very bad habit on the part of society.

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Friday Motivation

Friday Motivation

Just a thought going into the weekend. We are all aging. Embrace it.

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Daily Aging: What do you like best about nursing homes?

Hey you out there, don’t you dare turn off the screen! Hear me out. I am going to tell you what I like about living in a nursing home. When you hear the words nursing home you often think of these words: smell, afraid, lonely, hospital, institution, senile, bad food, abuse, abandonment…..have I missed anything?

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Giving and Receiving in Aged Care

I first met Grace earlier this year, February actually, when we were reviewing an “Edenising” home for the Eden Alternative Registry. I had the great fortune to have a learning circle with a group of volunteers (age range 15 – 70+) which included Grace.

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Happy Friday

Happy Friday

Care is helping another to grow.

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Welcome, Lexington Manor

Welcome, Lexington Manor

As you walk into each of the three neighborhoods you will get the feeling that you are in a home filled with genuine loving relationships.

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Like A Penny Waiting For Change

Like A Penny Waiting For Change

An object at rest stays at rest and an object in motion stays in motion unless acted upon by an outside force. In our field we do not deal with physics as Newton did, yet his first law of motion is inescapable.

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The Work We Do

The Work We Do

We thought we would end the week by sharing a short story that reminded us all of how important our work is.

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Daily Aging: Talk about a time you were truly helpless

Have you ever truly been helpless? I am talking about a time when you truly had to rely on someone else to care for you, to do the simplest things for you. For most of us this occurs because of a long illness, injury, or surgery.

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Daily Aging: What is the best age to be and why?

Daily Aging: What is the best age to be and why?

I had the opportunity to ask some of my ‘family’ members at the nursing home that I reside in “What is the best age to be and why?” Those that are considered to be truly old, 85 and older stated that 45 is the best age to be. Most would tell you that it is because they still had energy and was able to be completely active but they were wiser than when they were in their teens and twenties.

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Can Old Dogs Learn New Tricks?

Can Old Dogs Learn New Tricks?

You might think that the Eden Alternative Home Office Team might not have much new to learn when it comes to understanding and living what Elderhood has to offer. After all, we are immersed in the concept all day, every

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The Buddy System

The Buddy System

Powerful life lessons come when we are young …

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Ann Doyle

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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Life On the Second Wind Tour Bus

The first week of the Second Wind Tour came to a dramatic conclusion with people dancing in the aisles at the Mellon Auditorium in Washington, DC. What a journey. We opened the show at the Merkin Concert Hall in New

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Boomers Face Cultural Conundrum

The April issue of Provider features an article that challenges Americans “to grow up – or just grow old.” This caught my eye, as we talk a lot about perspectives on aging at The Eden Alternative. The issue is particularly

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Aging, Life, and Tree Rings

Aging, Life, and Tree Rings

You may think or hope I’m joking, but nope we’re talking about tree rings today. So, before you click away I encourage you to read just a few paragraphs more. For those of you who may not know these rings are how we measure a trees age.

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Segue To Silver

My partner, Tom, didn’t want me to do it.  My best-friend, Rita, thought it was a bad idea.  My friend Marie, 85, said she would never do it and encouraged me not to.  “Why would you want to do that?”

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