Stirring It Up: The Eden Alternative Gets Some Air Time

Stirring It Up: The Eden Alternative Gets Some Air Time

The Eden Alternative is coming up in some interesting conversations lately. In the last 2 weeks alone, we have landed on the pages of the AARP Bulletin, scored an interview with Mary Eileen Williams of Feisty Side of Fifty Radio,

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28 Simple Practices for Inspired Influencers, Part 3

28 Simple Practices for Inspired Influencers, Part 3

Our #GivingTuesday Countdown Challenge 13 practices down. 15 to go. Today, our focus is on Practices 14-20. As I said in Part 1 of this 4-blog series, we see GivingTuesday (December 3) as a chance to engage lots of different

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28 Simple Practices for Inspired Influencers, Part 2

28 Simple Practices for Inspired Influencers, Part 2

Our #GivingTuesday Countdown Challenge Six practices down. Twenty-two to go. Today, we will unpack Practices 7-13. As I said last week in the first part of this 4-blog series, we see #GivingTuesday (Dec. 3) as an opportunity to engage lots

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28 Simple Practices for Inspired Influencers, Part 1

28 Simple Practices for Inspired Influencers, Part 1

In honor of #GivingTuesday on December 3, we are giving you the gift of care. We bring you our #GivingTuesday Countdown Challenge. Each week, between now and December 3, we will post a new set of caring practices that put the person

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First, Do No Harm

First, Do No Harm

Dr. Eleanor Feldman Barbera’s article in McKnights, “What worries me about trauma-informed care,” raises key concerns about implementation of the Phase 3 CMS mandates for nursing homes, and is a must-read as we seek to do the right thing in

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Introducing Danna Pentes

Introducing Danna Pentes

I have news.  Really good news. Grant funding has made it possible to fund a new position at The Eden Alternative through the first part of 2020.  This news went from good to great when we found Danna Pentes to

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The Perfect Storm of Stigma and Surplus Safety

The Perfect Storm of Stigma and Surplus Safety

Reflections from the New York Times, Hollywood, and Life… I watched a movie called Book Club on Hulu recently. Crazy with acting legends, like Jane Fonda, Diane Keaton, and Candice Bergen, it mostly reeked of rom-com. But there was something

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A Video Interview with Jill Vitale-Aussem About Disrupting the Status Quo of Senior Living

A Video Interview with Jill Vitale-Aussem About Disrupting the Status Quo of Senior Living

We have something to celebrate! Last week, Health Professions Press released a new book by Jill Vitale-Aussem, President & CEO of The Eden Alternative®.  In this video interview, Jill shares the inspiration behind Disrupting the Status Quo in Senior Living:

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The Proof is in the Data

The Proof is in the Data

The Eden Alternative is associated with higher CMS Star Ratings and lower anti-psychotic use. Wow! July was an exciting month for The Eden Alternative. We received results from two different studies showing significant correlation between the implementation of The Eden

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Parker at Somerset Joins the Eden Registry

Parker at Somerset Joins the Eden Registry

Parker at Somerset, located in Somerset, NJ is the fourth Parker home to join the Eden Registry. They are in the process of a major renovation, which will transform the current, rather institutional looking environment into 3 smaller homes. While

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Welcoming The Oaks at Hampton

Welcoming The Oaks at Hampton

We recently welcomed our newest Registry Member, The Oaks at Hampton!  Located in Cumming, GA, this assisted living community knows what home is.  As a part of Oaks Senior Living, the philosophy they live by is to enrich the lives

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The Top Ten Reasons Why You Should Submit a Conference Presentation Proposal

The Top Ten Reasons Why You Should Submit a Conference Presentation Proposal

It’s throwback time.   This 2017 post is getting a dusting off and another day in the sun.  The Call for Presentations is open for our 2020 Eden Alternative International Conference until June 21, and we thought you could use some

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Is It Live, or Is It Memorex?

Is It Live, or Is It Memorex?

I remember when audio tapes and tape players were a brand new thing. Memorex was a company that made cassettes on which you could record voice and music. (The title to this blog was their advertising pitch.) I recorded songs

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Meet Kimberly Wood

Meet Kimberly Wood

We are thrilled to announce the addition of Kimberly Wood to the Eden Alternative Home Office Team. Kimberly will work closely with our Education Coordinator, Meredith Martin, as Education Support. Like Meredith, she makes Murfreesboro, Tennessee her home, alongside her

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Sherbrooke Shines Light on Surplus Safety

Sherbrooke Shines Light on Surplus Safety

Last week, we revealed the theme of our 2020 Conference:  Move Mountains: Innovate. Collaborate. Get Results. If any organization can consistently show us how to innovate, collaborate and get results, it’s Sherbrooke Community Centre in Saskatchewan, Canada.   A recent article

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Move Mountains... Change Lives.

Move Mountains… Change Lives.

I recently read a study that found that only 13% of nursing homes in the US had comprehensively adopted culture change. I was beside myself. “Thirteen percent?!” I said, “Are you kidding me? How can that be possible?” Full disclosure:

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Johnson Memorial Health Services Joins the Eden Registry

Johnson Memorial Health Services Joins the Eden Registry

Johnson Memorial Health Services (JMHS) in Dawson, Minnesota, became our latest Eden Registry Member on February 12, 2019. This stellar organization has services of all types to offer people, as their wants, needs, and desires change. Their new care center

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What You Don't Know CAN Hurt You...And Others

What You Don’t Know CAN Hurt You…And Others

Years ago, while volunteering each week at a local organization, I met a nice guy, Jim, who always wore the same hat… day in, day out.  The rest of us benignly speculated about the ever-present hat… did he ever take

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Disrupting the Status Quo of Senior Living

Disrupting the Status Quo of Senior Living

Breaking news!  We, at The Eden Alternative, are so excited to announce the impending release of a new book by our President & CEO, Jill Vitale-Aussem. Soon to be available through Health Professions Press (HPP), Disrupting the Status Quo of

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Welcome Wesley Woods of Newnan - First New Registry Member of 2019

Welcome Wesley Woods of Newnan – First New Registry Member of 2019

Wesley Woods of Newnan in Newnan, GA joined the Eden Alternative Registry on January 24, 2019, as our first new Registry Member of the New Year. Imagine heading south, out of Atlanta, down a busy I-85, and getting off at

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Remembering Paul Bailey

Remembering Paul Bailey

The Eden Alternative has lost a vital part of our global family – Paul Bailey, Eden Educator and Mentor in the UK. Paul and his wife, June, founded the Eden Alternative UK & Ireland in 2005.  Together, they made a

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Making an Impact

Making an Impact

Most of us have pretty intense work lives. Heads down, we move from one project or issue to the next, checking off boxes on our to-do lists. We know we’re busy and exhausted but we can’t always identify exactly what

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Ladies and Gentleman... Kris Angevine

Ladies and Gentleman… Kris Angevine

Reflections from our new Eden Registry Liaison… After the Eden Alternative Home Office Team processed and accepted the fact that Suzette Molina was leaving, we started to put together a “wish list” of the qualities, background and experience of our

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Deke Cateau Joins the Eden Alternative Board of Directors

Deke Cateau Joins the Eden Alternative Board of Directors

Excellent leaders always seem to strive for something more, something better for their organizations.  Deke Cateau is one of those leaders. We got to know Deke a few years back when he was COO of A.G. Rhodes Health & Rehab,

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Tikkun Olam: Repair the World

Tikkun Olam: Repair the World

I recently had the honor of joining a virtual ritual convened by Age Without Borders. We gathered in observance of the 11 souls lost – many of them Elders – in a Pittsburgh synagogue shooting on October 27th.  Our time

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No Control Freaks Allowed: Embracing the Complexity of Dementia Support

No Control Freaks Allowed: Embracing the Complexity of Dementia Support

Guest bloggers Jennifer Carson and Pat Sprigg reflect on how to navigate life, we must embrace its complexity. Dementia support is no different.  This blog was originally posted in ChangingAging.org. Some of the most important and sacred experiences in life

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Action Taken: Saying No to "Dress Like a 100-Year-Old Day"

Action Taken: Saying No to “Dress Like a 100-Year-Old Day”

A couple of weeks ago, Eden Alternative President & CEO, Jill Vitale-Aussem posted “Dress Like a 100-Year-Old Day”: A Call to Action. Did you heed the call?  Here’s how we did… we engaged author, Ashton Applewhite, Pioneer Network, and LeadingAge in

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Team Member Suzette Molina Looks Back and Steps Forward

Team Member Suzette Molina Looks Back and Steps Forward

Principle Nine of The Eden Alternative teaches us that we never stop growing and becoming. I reach out to you today to share how one member of the Eden Alternative Home Office Team will continue to grow.  As you’ll read

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Woods Health Services Joins the Eden Registry!

Woods Health Services Joins the Eden Registry!

Woods Health Services, in La Verne, California joined the Eden Registry on August 13, 2018. Their inspiration to join the Registry grew out of their participation in a pair of California-based, grant projects featuring Eden Alternative education and consultation.  For

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Who’s Going to Create a Better Narrative of Old Age in America?

Who’s Going to Create a Better Narrative of Old Age in America?

Our blog contributor Ashton Applewhite is author of This Chair Rocks: A Manifesto Against Ageism. Most Americans aren’t optimistic about getting older, and think the source of the problem is aging itself. So do most policy wonks, framing population aging

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"Dress Like a 100-Year-Old Day": A Call to Action

“Dress Like a 100-Year-Old Day”: A Call to Action

As kids head back to school, we’re asking for your help. It’s become a trend in schools around the US to celebrate the 100th day of school by holding a “Dress Like a 100-Year-Old Day.” Pinterest and some websites provide

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Welcome Signature Healthcare of Roanoke Rapids

Welcome Signature Healthcare of Roanoke Rapids

Signature Healthcare of Roanoke Rapids, North Carolina joined the Eden Registry on August 2, 2018. Signature Healthcare of Roanoke Rapids, nestled in a residential neighborhood welcomes visitors with beautiful landscaping and pots overflowing with flowers.  Elders often sit outside, watching

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Busting Myth #1 About The Eden Alternative: Drinking the Kool-Aid

Busting Myth #1 About The Eden Alternative: Drinking the Kool-Aid

The Eden Alternative® has been around for over 20 years now. The resources and the approach have grown and transformed over time. Integrating the Principles makes a big difference in the lives of Elder, family, and employee care partners. Dr.

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The Eden Registry Welcomes Shalom Park

The Eden Registry Welcomes Shalom Park

Shalom Park in Aurora, Colorado joined the Eden Registry on July 18, 2018. Shalom Park prides itself on making Elders feel at home.   The rich daily life is palpable.  This community was built as a residence in the early 1990’s

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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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A.G. Rhodes Health and Rehab - Cobb Joins the Eden Registry

A.G. Rhodes Health and Rehab – Cobb Joins the Eden Registry

A.G. Rhodes Health and Rehab – Cobb in Marietta, Georgia, joined the Eden Registry on April 27, 2018. For more than 110 years, A.G. Rhodes has served the Atlanta community by creating a warm family environment, where every Elder is

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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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Retrospective:  Bill Thomas Takes on the "Tragedy Narrative"

Retrospective: Bill Thomas Takes on the “Tragedy Narrative”

Today is the 3rd anniversary of the passing of Hannah O’Hara Thomas. For all of her 18 years, Hannah helped the worldwide Eden Alternative community to grow.  A master teacher in the art of BEING, Hannah mentored us all in

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Intergenerational Opportunities Make a Difference

Intergenerational Opportunities Make a Difference

Residents and Elders at St. Paul’s in Greenville, PA, benefit throughout the year from the collaboration that St. Paul’s has with Thiel College. The Joining Generations organization has three different components: Internships, Academics and Student Service. The team at St.

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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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Stealing Hope

Stealing Hope

This powerful blog written by Anne Basting, PhD, originally posted in ChangingAging.org earlier this year.  As our keynote speaker for the welcoming session of the 2018 Eden Alternative International Conference, Basting will challenge and inspire conference participants to rethink how

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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 Conversation with Anne Basting, Founder & CEO of TimeSlips

A Conversation with Anne Basting, Founder & CEO of TimeSlips

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

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Giving Community, Connection, and Control Back to the Elders - Welcome Prairie Eldercare to the Eden Registry

Giving Community, Connection, and Control Back to the Elders – Welcome Prairie Eldercare to the Eden Registry

Prairie Elder Homes in Overland Park, KS, joined the Eden Registry in January 30, 2018.  Prairie Elder Homes are small residential homes that are purposefully located in residential neighborhoods. The setting is intimate with only eight residents and employee care

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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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Please Welcome Signature Healthcare's 50th Home to the Eden Registry - Signature Healthcare at Jackson Manor

Please Welcome Signature Healthcare’s 50th Home to the Eden Registry – Signature Healthcare at Jackson Manor

Signature Healthcare at Jackson Manor in Annville, Kentucky, joined the Eden Registry on January 23, 2018.  This small rural community takes creating home very seriously by making sure that everyone that lives and works there has a strong sense of

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Eden Welcomes the first Registry Member of 2018 – Parker at Stonegate!

Eden Welcomes the first Registry Member of 2018 – Parker at Stonegate!

Parker at Stonegate, Highland Park, NJ, joined the Eden Registry on January 4, 2018. Life at Parker at Stonegate is often compared to living at a luxury resort, where so many of your needs are taken care of that all

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A Day in the Life - the ChangingAging Tour

A Day in the Life – the ChangingAging Tour

“Beep, Beep, Beep”, my alarm clock blares, and I roll out of an indistinguishable hotel bed — sheets white, pillows varying levels of fluffy, and traces of bleach linger in my nostrils. I exit my room, look left and right.

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Parker of Monroe Ends 2017 Eden Strong!

Parker of Monroe Ends 2017 Eden Strong!

Parker at Monroe in Monroe, NJ, joined the Eden Registry on December 29, 2017. Home to 96 Elders, Parker at Monroe provides round-the clock, person-directed care services, including memory care for individuals living with all stages of dementia, who may

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Finding My Way with the Seven Domains of Well-Being℠

Finding My Way with the Seven Domains of Well-Being℠

I am a planner by nature and someone who really needs to think through big decisions. On more than one occasion in recent years, I have relied on the framework of The Eden Alternative’s seven Domains of Well-Being℠ to guide

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Communication, a Key Ingredient to Individualized Care

Communication, a Key Ingredient to Individualized Care

Go ahead, ask anyone working in any field today what their biggest challenge is. What do you think they will say? My experience has been that their answer is “communication” or some topic along that vein. Communication is a big

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Signature HealthCARE Rounds Out 2017 with its 49th Registry Member!

Signature HealthCARE Rounds Out 2017 with its 49th Registry Member!

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

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Welcome Signature HealthCARE of Hart County Rehab and Wellness to the Eden Registry

Welcome Signature HealthCARE of Hart County Rehab and Wellness to the Eden Registry

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

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Signature Healthcare of Carrollton Care and Rehab is our Newest Registry Member!

Signature Healthcare of Carrollton Care and Rehab is our Newest Registry Member!

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

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New Horizons Tower Joins the Eden Registry

New Horizons Tower Joins the Eden Registry

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

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Worldmaking... Susan Berta Style

Worldmaking… Susan Berta Style

“The late 1990’s were an especially exciting time for people with a passion for changing aging. We remember two lights that burned especially brightly at that time.  Joe and Susan Berta didn’t just teach Eden, they lived it. They used

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Join Us in Welcoming Points West Living - Stettler to the Eden Registry

Join Us in Welcoming Points West Living – Stettler to the Eden Registry

Points West Living Stettler in Stettler, Alberta, joined the Eden Registry on November 14, 2017.  This beautiful, modern home is located at the west edge of the town of Stettler. This peaceful community is surrounded by Stettler Sports Park on

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Rise Up, Register, and Join Us in Atlanta

Today, we officially launch Early Bird Registration for our 9th Eden Alternative International Conference scheduled for May 3-5, 2018. I love the “Rise Up” theme we’ve chosen for the conference because it is such a perfect fit for what The

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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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Lee County Care and Rehab is Our Newest Registry Member!

Lee County Care and Rehab is Our Newest Registry Member!

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

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Person-Directed Appreciation

Person-Directed Appreciation

Those that know me, or have had me facilitate a training, know that the phrase “I read a book …” is stated often. Well, it’s true, and here is one of my new found favorites. I read a book called

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Al Power Calls for a Rebranding of Dementia Advocacy

Al Power Calls for a Rebranding of Dementia Advocacy

For whatever reason lately, I’m suddenly finding myself in hard conversations about language…. and not just with those who don’t understand the power of language as a tool for shifting paradigms, I’m also getting into it with fellow change agents!

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Signature Healthcare of Hartford Rehab and Wellness Center Joins the Eden Registry

Signature Healthcare of Hartford Rehab and Wellness Center Joins the Eden Registry

Signature Healthcare of Hartford Rehab and Wellness Center in Hartford, Kentucky, joined the Eden Registry on August 31, 2017. The 94 Elders that live here benefit from the home’s central location in the City of Hartford. They are steps away

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