Rise UP! Change Starts Here.

May 22, 2017
Laura Beck, The Eden Alternative

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 played a lead role in the American civil rights movement, his message rings true for any movement around the world that takes a stand for our basic human rights – no matter who we are, where we live, what our heritage is, how old or young we are, or what abilities we may live with.

We, too, at The Eden Alternative, have a dream.  We have a dream that Elders everywhere will no longer suffer from loneliness, helplessness, and boredom.  We have a dream that the voice and choice of every Elder will be sought, heard, engaged, and celebrated. We have a dream that all care partners – employees, family members, and the Elders themselves – are empowered to create a life worth living for themselves and for each other, one rooted in a powerful sense of identity, security, meaning, purpose, and joy.  We have a dream that, wherever Elders live, they have an authentic experience of “true home”… a human habitat rich in relationships and opportunities to grow… where different beings come together in supportive and empowering ways, eager and able to thrive, not just survive. And we have a dream that Elders will no longer be the victims of ageism or ableism, and live life revered as peace makers, legacy creators, and wisdom keepers.

Do you share this dream?  Then, RISE UP wherever you are and join us on May 3-5, 2018 in Atlanta, Georgia, the birthplace of Martin Luther King Jr., for the 2018 Eden Alternative International ConferenceThe Call for Presentations is open through July 8.

What will you rise up for? Let us hear your voice!

Change starts here.

2 Comments. Leave new

Denise Hyde
May 23, 2017 10:09 am

I have a dream that the number of commercials about enabling and supporting Elders in having a life worth living exceed the number about ensuring abused animals find a good home. I agree that no being, human or animal should be abused, but why is it that the animal abuse calls you to rise up and adopt and pet. It touches your heart. Save the animals! The commercials about the abuse of Elders are about hiring a lawyer to sue someone, not demanding better support and services; not enlightening us that there can be a better way and we should be expecting it from healthcare providers. There are so many important causes out there that are demanding our attention, why isn’t the need to transform the way we care for those who are frail and aging in our society not grabbing an equal amount of attention? I would rise up for that effort!


Well said Denise! There’s so much negativity out there about elder care services, as well as aging in general. We need to step up and report the good things, so future generations will value and respect their elders.


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