To improve the well-being of Elders and their care partners by transforming the communities in which they live and work.
To eliminate loneliness, helplessness, and boredom.
Innovation, Integrity, Community, Empowerment, and Passion
The Ten Principles of The Eden Alternative:
Principle One: Loneliness, helplessness, and boredom are painful and destructive to our health and well-being.
Principle Two: A caring, inclusive and vibrant community enables all of us, regardless of age or ability, to experience well-being.
Principle Three: We thrive when we have easy access to the companionship we desire. This is the antidote to loneliness.
Principle Four: We thrive when we have purpose and the opportunity to give, as well as receive. This is the antidote to helplessness.
Principle Five: We thrive when we have variety, spontaneity, and unexpected happenings in our lives. This is the antidote to boredom.
Principle Six: Meaningless activity corrodes the human spirit. Meaning is unique to each of us and is essential to health and well-being.
Principle Seven: We are more than our medical diagnoses. Medical treatment should support and empower us to experience a life worth living.
Principle Eight: Decision-making must involve those most impacted by the decision. Empowerment activates choice, autonomy, and influence.
Principle Nine: Building a collaborative and resilient culture is a never-ending process. We need to keep learning, developing, and adapting.
Principle Ten: Wise leadership is the key to meaningful and lasting change. For it, there can be no substitute.