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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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 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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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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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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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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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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The Trek to Mississippi’s Grand Canyon

The Trek to Mississippi’s Grand Canyon

The Elders at Wesley Manor, located in Hattiesburg, MS, recently made a road trip to Red Bluff, nicknamed “Mississippi’s Grand Canyon.” A couple living at Wesley Manor came back from a trip to Red Bluff with pictures and stories that

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Need Inspiration? A 2016 Conference Throwback...

Need Inspiration? A 2016 Conference Throwback…

A mere month stands between your great presentation idea for the 2018 Eden Alternative International Conference and the proposal submission deadline of July 8.  What to do?  What to write? Never fear… inspiration is here!  What better way to get

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Is Your Cup Too Full?

Is Your Cup Too Full?

Our minister began a sermon recently telling the story of the Zen master. The story goes that a university professor traveled to visit a famous Zen master to learn from him. They sat down and the Zen master served the

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Mission at Community Rehab and Assisted Living Joins the Eden Registry

Mission at Community Rehab and Assisted Living Joins the Eden Registry

Mission at Community Rehab and Assisted Living in Centerfield, Utah joined the Eden Registry on February 20, 2017. This home is located in the quaint little country town of Centerfiled, Utah, a town that is rich in history and community.

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McKnights Features Bill Thomas and the Impact of Loneliness

McKnights Features Bill Thomas and the Impact of Loneliness

As change agents, remember when we had to fight to be heard about the impact of loneliness on the human spirit?  In the nearly 14 years I’ve been doing this work, I recall a lot of strained conversations about well-being

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Do You Have GRIT?

Do You Have GRIT?

Leading Age Keynote Speaker Angela Duckworth Has the Answer… Grit.  What is it?  According to psychologist Angela Duckworth, there are very specific markers that define grit.  The cliff notes are essentially this:  perseverance and passion over the long-term.  Sound familiar? 

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The Hidden Restraint – Part 4

The Hidden Restraint – Part 4

This post by Dr. Al Power was published on ChangingAging.org. All-or-none thinking” and “surplus safety” make it difficult for organizations to visualize a pathway to unlocking doors. At last, here is the final installment of this marathon blog post. First,

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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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Signature HealthCARE Rocks Elder Vacations... Again

Signature HealthCARE Rocks Elder Vacations… Again

I am always so inspired by this organization’s commitment to living the ten principles of The Eden Alternative in big ways.  Undaunted, they have changed lives by arranging multiple Elder vacations for the people who live in their communities.  There was

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The Hidden Restraint, Part 1

The Hidden Restraint, Part 1

This post by Dr. Al Power was published on ChangingAging.org on July 30, 2016. Imagine if we considered locked doors in memory care wards as restraints. Having given many seminars on restraint reduction 15-20 years ago, I am very familiar

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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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Pete's Greatest Hit

Pete’s Greatest Hit

Pete Rose is the all-time Major League leader in hits, games played, and at-bats.  He won three World Series rings, three batting titles, one Most Valuable Player Award, two Gold Gloves, the Rookie of the Year Award, and also made

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Eden Educators are Blooming!

Eden Educators are Blooming!

Dr. Bill Thomas is always reminding us that education is the antidote to fear and resistance. Education is very important on the journey to person-directed care. Education needs to be provided, reinforced daily and refreshed periodically. With budget cutbacks a

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International Eden Elder Award Winner Honored in Local News

International Eden Elder Award Winner Honored in Local News

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

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Inspired Words Make Worlds

Inspired Words Make Worlds

In honor of National Nursing Home Week, we have a treat for you.  We, at The Eden Alternative, recently had the distinct honor of receiving three different poems from 3 inspired change agents.  Not only do they touch the heart

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2016 Conference... Hit Rewind, View Highlights

2016 Conference… Hit Rewind, View Highlights

Something happens for me at the end of every Eden Alternative International Conference.  Within moments of the conference closing, I feel it… a sense of let-down or perhaps it’s “good vibes” grief.  After two years of planning and nearly a

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Got Talent? Bring It, Baby…

It’s the same story for every Eden Alternative International Conference.  We are days away, and there are just a few submissions for the notorious Eden’s Got Talent event.  Yet, every year the show ends up being a total delight, complete

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Making Peace with the Past

“How has Mrs. Smith handled change in the past?” This was how we predicted how well a new nursing home resident would cope with adjusting to placement in 1983. For the most part, this simplistic rule of thumb seemed to

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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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Welcome Danville Centre for Health and Rehabilitation to the Tribe!

Welcome Danville Centre for Health and Rehabilitation to the Tribe!

Danville Centre for Health and Rehabilitation joined the Eden Alternative Registry on January 13, 2016. This home is located in historical Danville, Kentucky, a small town that is rich in relationships and traditions. The 106 Elders that call Danville Centre

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Signature Healthcare of Putnam County: Off to a Great Start!

Signature Healthcare of Putnam County: Off to a Great Start!

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

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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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No Time Like Now - Ask the Elders Why

No Time Like Now – Ask the Elders Why

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

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Building Bridges in a Virtual World

Building Bridges in a Virtual World

It’s 8:00 a.m. I pop open my laptop and begin my morning ritual of checking my email inbox. Here I am again, communing with the virtual world, instead of the real world. As I’m thinking that there’s just no heart in all of this technology, something, well, cracks open my heart. Buried amidst thirty unopened messages is a little gem, something “sweet” that the sender thinks I “will enjoy.”

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