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
“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,
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
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.
I recently had the pleasure of connecting with Anne Basting, Founder of TimeSlips, about the power of creativity, how it enables us to be fully self-expressed, and its ability to revolutionize relationships. On May 3, Anne will open our 2018
Signature HealthCARE of Glasgow Rehab & Wellness Center in Glasgow, KY joined the Eden Registry on December 28, 2017. Located in south central Kentucky, this community offers a wide variety of entertainment, historical sites, lakes, rivers, and some of the
Signature Healthcare of Hart County in Horse Cave, Kentucky, joined the Eden Registry on December 26, 2017. This beautiful home is located close to the famous Mammoth Cave and the downtown historic district of Horse Cave. This town is a
Signature Healthcare of Carrollton Rehab and Wellness in Carrollton, KY, joined the Eden Registry on December 22, 2017. Located midway between Cincinnati and Louisville, where the Ohio and Kentucky Rivers meet, Carrollton is the kind of town where you can still
New Horizons Tower in Toronto, ON joined the Eden Registry on December 21, 2017. This gorgeous high-rise building in the center of Bloordale Village is home to 88 Elders. Ideally located in the heart of its neighborhood, Elders have easy
Lee County Care and Rehabilitation in Beattyville, KY joined the Eden Registry on November 6, 2017. This small county home is located along the middle fork of the Kentucky River in the quaint town of Beattyville, Kentucky. Beattyville is best
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
Signature Healthcare of McCreary County Health and Rehab Center in Pine Knot, KY joined the Eden Registry on July 10, 2017. They are in a quaint community just outside of Cumberland Falls State Resort Park, which is famously known for
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
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
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
Signature Healthcare of Spencer County in Taylorsville, KY joined the Eden Registry on March 17, 2017. Located about 20 minutes from Louisville they are nestled in a valley surrounded by beautiful mountains and hills. The towns of Louisville and Taylorsville
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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.
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
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
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.
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
Harbourview Lodge Continuing Care Center in Sheet Harbour, Nova Scotia joined the Eden Alternative Registry on September 14, 2015. This home is beautifully designed with sunlight, gardens, fresh air and nature views in mind. They are divided into three distinct
As an academic partner of the Arizona Health Sciences Center and the Arizona Center on Aging, St. Luke’s Home provides an innovative Assisted Living setting, providing Elder-directed wellness and health promotion opportunities for students.
Driving through the hills of Tennessee, there were times when I was headed uphill and could not see the other side, having to trust that there was still a road as I drove blindly forward. I sometimes found, on the other side of that hill, that there was a quick curve that had to be maneuvered, or another hill to climb, but I kept moving forward.
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.”
Central Haven is home to 60 Elders and have sub-divided into two neighborhoods where relationships are consistent and strong. The home is located on a cul-de-sac in a neighborhood. There is a very welcoming feel when you come to visit. That is because relationships, family, love and kindness are central to the way the care partners support the Elders daily lives.
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.
Located in downtown Roswell, GA, the 20 acre campus feels like an oasis with streams, wandering walking paths and a gorgeous lake. The employee care partners are committed to transforming the meaning of aging in community regardless of the assistance an individual needs. All care partners (Elders, employees and families) come together to make sure that deep meaningful relationships are cultivated and nurtured.
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?
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.
A doctor noted for his role as a key architect of President Obama’s healthcare reform reminded us just how narrow the lens of the medical model is when it comes to aging. In an article posted this morning in the
Dugan Home in West Point, MS joined the Eden Registry on August 28, 2014. Located on Main Street in the historic district of West Point Mississippi, they are home to 60 Elders. This Christian-based community is cultivating a bountiful Human
Elder care partners, from all over the world, are making extraordinary efforts to apply the Eden Alternative Philosophy and creating a life worth living for themselves and others. At the 2014 Eden Alternative International Conference, care partners were invited to nominate Elders they knew for the International Eden Elder Award.
Traceway Retirement Community is an Eden Registry Member in Tupelo, MS. Their employees unite with the larger community to help show their Eden Alternative journey, not just talk about it. Not only do they work to eliminate the three plagues
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
All examples are taken from the daily lives of the Elders in South Africa. Communicating a sense of wellbeing for people living with dementia who finds it difficult to communicate seems a huge challenge for most Care Partners. How do we
This guest blog comes to us from Jill Vitale-Aussem and Christian Living Communities. Some people thought we were crazy. But, last April, Clermont Park was the first retirement community in the nation to equip every apartment home with Samsung Galaxy
“I remember.” Those two words do much to explain all of human progress, all art, all science, all culture. It is this peculiar power of remembering that allows us to continually compare the present with the past and, I think,
This holiday story comes to us from Guest Blogger, Michael Fishking. Growing up, my extended family would get together to celebrate birthdays, holidays, and other special events. I started noticing a trend at a young age. The same stories were
After 17 plus years of working in long term care, I have tons of memories of Christmas with the Elders I had the pleasure to know. There are so many beautiful memories of decking the halls, creating Christmas masterpieces for
I hold dear a particular moment during the 2010 Eden Alternative International Conference in Denver. During the evening welcoming ceremony, residents from the North Star Community in Denver gathered in a circle at the center of the space and began
We want to share this testimonial written by Carleta Schwartz, a care partner at Holly Nursing Care Center in Holly, CO. Being one of the newest team leaders here at HNCC I did understand, in part, the elevated stress upon
The team here at the The Eden Alternative constantly reminds me about the importance of language in creating a true person-directed care environment. An article in today’s issue of McKnight’s makes the point very nicely. One of the most common
Signature HealthCARE of Erin joined the Eden Registry on November 20, 2013. This home is snuggled in the quaint little town of Erin, Tennessee where folks often come together to lend a helping hand to one another. Community matters in
“This made us see we can accomplish anything we want to”, said Lisa Shaheen, an Elder living at Signature HealthCare At Sunrise Manor, located in Hodgenville, Ky. Lisa was speaking excitedly about the latest endeavor of herself and friends residing in
Tori, an Ithaca College masters student in Occupational Therapy, is chatting with me over finger sandwiches and veggie roll-ups. We are table mates at the annual banquet for Project Generations, an intergenerational initiative that pairs college students with community Elders
This story comes to us from our Registry Member Kings Way Care Center in Quispamsis, Canada. Our Elders at Kings Way Care Centre have become an integral part of our local Community. Whether they are planting in our community garden, visiting
Our final installment in our Fall Elder Stories series is brought with thanks to LifeBio and the Elders at Levindale Hebrew Geriatric Center and Hospital. Elizabeth Haberman spent the first chapter of her life in Philadelphia with her husband and daughter.
A couple of weeks ago Laura Beck wrote an excellent piece about reverse Ageism; younger people being targeted for their youth. The prevailing theory these days is that the rising generation is self-centered, self-entitled, and lazy. Laura, however, took a
In preparing to facilitate an upcoming Certified Eden Associate Training, I started contemplating Principal Six and the things that are meaningful to us. I was thinking how a seemingly worthless item sitting on our Elder’s nightstand may have great meaning and worth. That’s when I remembered a tiny pair of scuffed up red shoes that are sitting in my nightstand.