Philly Inquires About The Eden Alternative: A Disruptive New Vision Of Old Age

Philly Inquires About The Eden Alternative: A Disruptive New Vision Of Old Age

As a young geriatrician, Bill Thomas questioned the quality of life of his elderly nursing home patients. It seemed boring and overly regimented to him.

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Reflections on Making a Difference in Oklahoma

Reflections on Making a Difference in Oklahoma

  Hank Hartsell is the Deputy Commissioner of Protective Health Services for the Oklahoma State Department of Health (OSDH). OSDH has granted funds to help representatives of Oklahoma nursing homes learn more about reducing antipsychotics for those who live with

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It's About Time!

It’s About Time!

The time has come… the moment for change is now! Believe it or not, it’s been 28 years since OBRA ’87 introduced new regulatory language with the intent of making person-centered care the law of the land.

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What’s In Your Box?

What’s In Your Box?

The whole thing started with a battered cardboard box. It was the mid 1990’s and my wife, Jude Meyers Thomas, and I had stumbled on to something that seemed very much like magic.

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Monday Jumpstart: 50 Quotes on Leadership

Monday Jumpstart: 50 Quotes on Leadership

  Find your motivation Monday with 50 quotes on leadership from Entrepreneur.com. 1. “A leader takes people where they want to go. A great leader takes people where they don’t necessarily want to go, but ought to be.” – Rosalynn

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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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Harriman Care And Rehab Joins The Registry

Harriman Care And Rehab Joins The Registry

Harriman Care and Rehabilitation in Harriman, TN joined the Eden Registry on March 26, 2015. When you pull up in the driveway you will get that overwhelming feeling that you have arrived home.

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Finding Dignity In An Institutional World

Finding Dignity In An Institutional World

This short documentary by Dick Weinman, The Thin Edge of Dignity, offers us another look at the institutional model of care from the perspective of an observant Elder. This video delves into the struggle to maintain identity and dignity in a world that has given up on those ideals.

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Washing Machines Arrive At St. Antonine's

Washing Machines Arrive At St. Antonine’s

To all of those who participated in our fundraiser a while back to bring washing machines to a rural care home in Kwazulu Natal, South Africa the day has finally come.

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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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Dave Isay: Everyone Around You Has A Story The World Needs To Hear

Dave Isay: Everyone Around You Has A Story The World Needs To Hear

Been thinking a lot about stories this week. Please enjoy.

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What Hannah Taught Me...

What Hannah Taught Me…

Hannah O’Hara Thomas passed away today. She lived 17-and-a-half years longer than anyone predicted. While it is so painful, tragic, and downright unfair that she left us after only 18 years, I believe that in that time she lived more

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The Age of Disruption is Here

The Age of Disruption is Here

Most people are familiar with Einstein’s equation of insanity with “doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results.”

That quote is actually my second favorite of Einstein’s invocations of “insanity.” My favorite goes like this: “For an idea that does not first seem insane, there is no hope.” It has been my experience that these two ideas form the bookends of every successful innovation.

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Social Connect

Social Connect

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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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The Effect Of Still Alice On The Care Revolution

The Effect Of Still Alice On The Care Revolution

“In the darkest of times, you can always find incredible oases of connection, of care and of love,” said Still Alice director Wash Westmorelandto an intimate gathering of some of Hollywood’s most inspiring artists and creative leaders at Soho House in West Hollywood last Monday.

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Central Haven Special Care Home Joins The Registry

Central Haven Special Care Home Joins The Registry

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.

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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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Are Your Stars Fading?

Are Your Stars Fading?

USA Today reports that about 61% of all nursing homes got lower quality-of-care scores as a result of the new CMS 5-Star changes. About 28% of nursing homes dropped one star in their overall ratings, including more than 1,200 that lost coveted five-star status. The biggest changes are the usage rate of antipsychotics is now a factor in the rating along with more difficult quality and staffing level measures.

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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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Pigeon Forge Joins the Registry

Tucked away in the cozy country town of Pigeon Forge, they are home to 85 Elders that live in four neighborhoods. The views here are breathtaking as they are located at the foot of the gateway to the magnificent Great Smoky Mountain National Park and are just around the corner from the famous Dollywood theme park.

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Travels Through AmericanGeriatricLand

Travels Through AmericanGeriatricLand

We don’t receive a lot of guest post submissions from elders on this blog, not nearly as many as we would like. However, this first hand account of the “AmericanGeriatricLand” by Elder Emily Hodges is the must read article of the week.

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Emotional First Aid

Emotional First Aid

There has always been a disconnect between maladies of the mind and of the body. A broken leg is obvious, debilitating, and has a pretty straightforward cure. Emotional trauma is not so apparent, but it is debilitating, and it too can have a cure. In his talk Dr. Guy Winch exclaims that when referring to problems like depression people hear phrases like “it’s all in your head, shake it off” but you would never say to someone with a broken leg “it’s all in your leg, walk it off.”

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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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St. George Village Joins the Registry

St. George Village Joins the Registry

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.

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Which Principle Drives You

Which Principle Drives You

I know that when I went through my Certified Eden Associate Training, Principle 2 stood out among all the rest. I grew up in nursing homes, and I could relate so well to the joy children brought into a home. A real human habitat.

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So Starts Another Journey

So Starts Another Journey

Living in this community encourages the cultivation of long lasting relationships by providing meaningful and engaging activities each day. Meal time is central to the rhythm of daily life here where Elders enjoy made to order breakfasts and delicious home cooked meals.

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Oklahoma Takes on Dementia Beyond Drugs

Oklahoma Takes on Dementia Beyond Drugs

Since 2011, three states have provided funded registration for this training to hundreds of nursing home employees through the support of CMP funds. This year, Oklahoma is stepping up to the plate by welcoming geriatrician and award-winning author Dr. Al Power to facilitate three Dementia Beyond Drugs events in May 2015.

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Forget About Memory! Focus on Imagination

Forget About Memory! Focus on Imagination

Providing music to nursing home residents is a no-brainer. What has to happen next to create real changes in dementia care? ‪#‎DisruptAging‬

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The Yummiest Eden Tree Ever

The Yummiest Eden Tree Ever

Happy Thursday. Enjoy this delectable rendition of our Eden Plaque, courtesy of Hillside Pines.

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The Role of Emotional Intelligence In Caregiving

The Role of Emotional Intelligence In Caregiving

Street smarts, book smarts, knowledge, intelligence, there are a lot of ways we classify being “smart.” A recent article on the subject by Dr. Travis Bradberry got us thinking about the relationship between emotional intelligence and caregiving.

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Beginner Steps in Communicating With People Living With Dementia

Becoming Well-Known is one of our key principles and effective, empathetic, communication is the best way to start.

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Educators Drive Transformative Eldercare to New Heights

These Educators return to their peers, and the Elders they serve, this week equipped with new ideas and knowledge, prepared to facilitate learning experiences for all the care partners they support.

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In Search of The Magic Formula

In Search of The Magic Formula

Few things are as crucial to the growth of an organization than Principle 10. But when it comes to leadership, my experience tells me there is no magic formula.

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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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Welcome, Cottage Garden

Welcome, Cottage Garden

From the first pour of the foundation to last shingle on the roof they kept their Mission that “Cottage Garden exists to provide a home where Elders thrive and are well known, surrounded by the companionship of family and friends.

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The Bridge at Ridgely Joins The Registry

The Bridge at Ridgely Joins The Registry

Located in a small picturesque community nestled between Reelfoot Lake and the Mississippi River, The Bridge at Ridgely is home to 73 Elders.

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Don’t Be an Instigator!!!

Don’t Be an Instigator!!!

When I was growing up, my mother would often use the word instigator to describe my bad behavior. If I was bothering my sister or trying to pick a fight, she would frequently say, “Don’t be an instigator!!!” That meant back off and don’t make trouble.

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A New Voice In The Choir

A New Voice In The Choir

Within the culture change movement there have been many voices that have contributed to our musical tapestry too. From the beginning our very own Dr. Bill Thomas and Nancy Fox have contributed to the chorus through their writings and teachings. Dr. Al Powers, and David Farrell have joined them, among others.

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Value Based Payment Goals

Value Based Payment Goals

In an industry as institutional and stagnant as Long Term Care changing what we pay for and how we pay for it may be the best way to affect change.

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The Case For Continuing Education

The Case For Continuing Education

There are lots of way to continue learning once your “education” is complete. I would argue everyone has the opportunity to learn something new everyday. Weather or not we actually do is another matter.

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Confronting Dementism

Confronting Dementism

Explore the complex ethical questions surrounding Dementia and why these debates are even an issue. How exactly does our declinist view of aging affect even those living with dementia.

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Grace Note Singers, The Gift Of Music At Life's Passage

Grace Note Singers, The Gift Of Music At Life’s Passage

Imagine that an Elder is at the end-of-life and surrounding her bedside are 4-6 people tenderly singing songs that are meaningful to her. Their voices are creating an environment that is providing peace and tranquility for her and the care partners who are with her at that time.

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In Praise Of The Male Care Partner

In Praise Of The Male Care Partner

I suspect that some of the old stereotypes and gender biases may be softening. More men today play active roles in childcare than they did just twenty years ago. This may translate into an increased willingness and acceptability for men providing care for their elders as well.

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We've Made It, Thanks To You

We’ve Made It, Thanks To You

Together, we’ve raised over S11,500, reached our goal, and succeeded for the Elders of St. Antonine’s.

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The Power Of Yet

The Power Of Yet

Carol Dweck’s research is so interesting because it changes the paradigm from “success-failure” to “effort, growth, attitude.”

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One Week Left To Make A Difference

This is personal appeal to help the Eden Alternative succeed in raising $11,500 to buy washing machines for elders in a care home in South Africa. We have a week to raise $1,500, and with your help we know we can do it.

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Time Is Running Out

Time Is Running Out

Save 20% with our Full Suite Registration.

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A Look Back: Show, Don't Tell

A Look Back: Show, Don’t Tell

One of the most powerful messages of 2014 was taught by Hannah Thomas and delivered by her mother, Jude.

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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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2015: The Year of the Worldmaker!

2015: The Year of the Worldmaker!

Awe the season of the frost. The inevitable time of year when the ground freezes, the plants stop growing, and the animals go into hibernation. A stillness seems to form as the gardener’s rest after a good harvest…..wait the frost

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Sustaining Quality Improvement Gains:  Start with Your Culture

Sustaining Quality Improvement Gains: Start with Your Culture

A group of Elders at Denali Center recently started a Recognition Task Team to celebrate and thank specific staff for the work that they do. One elder shared with a staff member who was having a rough day that she needs to receive, as well as give, and find balance.

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Merry Christmas To All

Merry Christmas To All

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Reflections on the stories of our well-being

Back in October as the coloured leaves of autumn were preparing the way for the white flakes of winter, leadership teams from across all of our villages were joined by neighbourhood caregivers, family members and a few residents for the annual Schlegel Villages Operational Planning retreat.

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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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The Bittersweet Season: Grief in the Midst of the Holidays

The Bittersweet Season: Grief in the Midst of the Holidays

I love the holiday seasons, all of them. I am more aware during this particular season of how holiday celebrations and traditions change and are rebuilt after the pain and loss of a loved one.

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Reading Round-Up

Reading Round-Up

Story highlights from around the world of aging and the Eden Alternative Family.

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Culture Means Everything

Culture Means Everything

Anyone who deals intimately with culture change knows the phenomenon of frost all too well. Ultimately, to sustain any kind of gains takes great leadership and a culture of continuous improvement.

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Spring City Joins The Registry

Spring City Care and Rehabilitation Center in Spring City, TN, joined the Eden Alternative Registry on 12/9/2014. This is a community that puts relationships above all else. They believe that by making close connections and becoming well known to each

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Holiday Greetings

Holiday Greetings

Happy holidays from everyone at the Eden Home Office. To celebrate this wonderful time of year we would like to share with you some of our light hearted antics of spontaneity and joy.

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Creating A Caring Community at Turner Duvall Retirement Community

Creating A Caring Community at Turner Duvall Retirement Community

Creating community is never easy, but it can be done to marvelous effect. Read the story of Turner Duvall Retirement Community and how they have fostered a broad sense of community.

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Bringing My Work Home

Bringing My Work Home

I was taught, very early on, to keep home and family life separate from my life at work. My first job as a Registered Nurse was on an oncology/hematology unit at a major metropolitan hospital. The more seasoned staff gave me constant tips on how to leave the pain and heartbreak we struggled with, at the hospital.

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 This Is Why I Hate Alzheimer’s Awareness Month

This Is Why I Hate Alzheimer’s Awareness Month

If you are in the mood for a slapped together blog post that is simultaneously alarmist and deeply pessimistic you might want to read Ken Dychtwald’s recent piece on Huffington Post for Alzheimer’s Disease Awareness Month. If, however, you happen to live

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Must Read: Why Everything You Think About Aging May Be Wrong

Must Read: Why Everything You Think About Aging May Be Wrong

The Wall Street Journal published an article recently that challenges head on the declinest myths of aging. In this weeks must read article WSJ examines the how research is flying in the face of conventional wisdom that tells us old

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Welcome Hillside Pines

Welcome Hillside Pines

Located in the Town of Bridgewater on Nova Scotia’s picturesque South Shore they are home to fifty Elders. Each day begins at a leisurely pace with a nice hot homemade breakfast with plenty of healthy options. The meal experience is important to everyone in the home so they work hard to provide an atmosphere that encourages conversation combined with delicious, healthy homemade options.

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Let's Embrace Thanksmas

Let’s Embrace Thanksmas

There is a difference in ‘being’ vs. ‘expressing’ thankfulness. Being thankful is the first step and is a heart issue. Expressing thankfulness for those around us actually changes our attitude and projection of our life. Thanksgiving originally was instituted as a time to give thanks for all things — for the good and bad.

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Pushing Past the Goal Line:  Change the Game with Continuous Quality Improvement

Pushing Past the Goal Line: Change the Game with Continuous Quality Improvement

We’ve all heard the saying that you should never rest on your laurels. In the culture change world, change, focusing on driving additional change, and finding ways to build on those changes is a way of life.

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A Holiday Mitzvah

A Holiday Mitzvah

As we approach the holiday season we are reminded that this is a time of year where we are first asked to give thanks and then give to others. Of course, actions do not always correspond with the spirit of the season. But there is a great deal of power in this idea.

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What a hurricane taught me about the three plagues

What a hurricane taught me about the three plagues

In September 2014, my husband and I were vacationing in Los Cabos, Mexico when Hurricane Odile, the strongest hurricane to ever hit the area, struck. After spending a terrifying night in the basement of the resort, we emerged into the sunlight to complete devastation.

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