Posts Tagged "aging"

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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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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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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#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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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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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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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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An Artist Colony Where You Never Have To Go Home

An Artist Colony Where You Never Have To Go Home

I grew up near an artist colony in upstate New York called Yaddo in Saratoga Springs. It had a profound effect on me as a youngster and, it being in a small town, you always knew when the famous artists were there – Capote, Baldwin, Picasso, Highsmith, Puzo.

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Living with Dementia:  "We Shall Overcome..."

Living with Dementia: “We Shall Overcome…”

Living with dementia is about changing abilities, not necessarily growing older. You can be a younger adult and still live with dementia. It’s true that, statistically speaking, a large number of people living with dementia are older people. But to compartmentalize the experience of dementia as an aging issue alone is a very bad habit on the part of society.

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Friday Motivation

Friday Motivation

Just a thought going into the weekend. We are all aging. Embrace it.

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Daily Aging: What do you like best about nursing homes?

Hey you out there, don’t you dare turn off the screen! Hear me out. I am going to tell you what I like about living in a nursing home. When you hear the words nursing home you often think of these words: smell, afraid, lonely, hospital, institution, senile, bad food, abuse, abandonment…..have I missed anything?

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Giving and Receiving in Aged Care

I first met Grace earlier this year, February actually, when we were reviewing an “Edenising” home for the Eden Alternative Registry. I had the great fortune to have a learning circle with a group of volunteers (age range 15 – 70+) which included Grace.

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Happy Friday

Happy Friday

Care is helping another to grow.

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Welcome, Lexington Manor

Welcome, Lexington Manor

As you walk into each of the three neighborhoods you will get the feeling that you are in a home filled with genuine loving relationships.

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Like A Penny Waiting For Change

Like A Penny Waiting For Change

An object at rest stays at rest and an object in motion stays in motion unless acted upon by an outside force. In our field we do not deal with physics as Newton did, yet his first law of motion is inescapable.

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The Work We Do

The Work We Do

We thought we would end the week by sharing a short story that reminded us all of how important our work is.

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Daily Aging: Talk about a time you were truly helpless

Have you ever truly been helpless? I am talking about a time when you truly had to rely on someone else to care for you, to do the simplest things for you. For most of us this occurs because of a long illness, injury, or surgery.

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Daily Aging: What is the best age to be and why?

Daily Aging: What is the best age to be and why?

I had the opportunity to ask some of my ‘family’ members at the nursing home that I reside in “What is the best age to be and why?” Those that are considered to be truly old, 85 and older stated that 45 is the best age to be. Most would tell you that it is because they still had energy and was able to be completely active but they were wiser than when they were in their teens and twenties.

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Can Old Dogs Learn New Tricks?

Can Old Dogs Learn New Tricks?

You might think that the Eden Alternative Home Office Team might not have much new to learn when it comes to understanding and living what Elderhood has to offer. After all, we are immersed in the concept all day, every

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The Buddy System

The Buddy System

Powerful life lessons come when we are young …

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Ann Doyle

How Does Art Contribute to Your Well-being?

The arts have an ability to sooth, move, and inspire us. When our lives are touched by the creativity of others, we often feel “called” to get in touch with our own. With this in mind, conference-goers at the Eden
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Life On the Second Wind Tour Bus

The first week of the Second Wind Tour came to a dramatic conclusion with people dancing in the aisles at the Mellon Auditorium in Washington, DC. What a journey. We opened the show at the Merkin Concert Hall in New

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Boomers Face Cultural Conundrum

The April issue of Provider features an article that challenges Americans “to grow up – or just grow old.” This caught my eye, as we talk a lot about perspectives on aging at The Eden Alternative. The issue is particularly

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Aging, Life, and Tree Rings

Aging, Life, and Tree Rings

You may think or hope I’m joking, but nope we’re talking about tree rings today. So, before you click away I encourage you to read just a few paragraphs more. For those of you who may not know these rings are how we measure a trees age.

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Segue To Silver

Segue To Silver

My partner, Tom, didn’t want me to do it.  My best-friend, Rita, thought it was a bad idea.  My friend Marie, 85, said she would never do it and encouraged me not to.  “Why would you want to do that?”

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Waking Up One Day Older

Waking Up One Day Older

In college I was told never to write an “alarm clock opening.” This technique, I was told, is often used in unimaginative beginnings; the protagonist waking up in the morning to start his day and the story. So why do

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Family Ties Through Story

This story comes to us from Heather Reynolds of Mission Health Services in Utah, and her blog Marvin on a Mission “A child who knows where her grandmother went to school may be more resilient than a child who doesn’t.”

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The Power of Legacy

There are few things more beautiful than a legacy well told.

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Ageism And Millennials Part III

As can see, this week I am taking on the narrative of the worthless Millennial. I thought it would only be fair to be brutally honest about which criticisms are accurate. It’s not entirely fair to describe Millennial in general

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Ageism And Millennials Part II

Leapfrogging off my thought earlier this week about younger generations becoming resentful of older generations. The New York Time has an interesting piece about how people really aren’t very good at predicting how much (if at all) they will change as

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Introducing Sky: A Lesson In Elderhood

  I’m going to go off topic, if you would permit me. We’re not talking about aging today (well maybe, but not directly). Instead I would like to introduce Sky. This feisty Belgian Malinois has trained in the hyper physical

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Heather Hutchings Guest Blogs: Happiness Depends Upon Ourselves

Let’s give a big welcome to our latest Guest Blogger, Heather Hutchings at Mission Health Services. She is an Eden Educator and writes her own blog Marvin on a Mission: Dear Millie, There are six myths to happiness: 1. I

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Ageism . . . Not Just for Grown-ups

      Sitting in a local coffee shop, I recently overheard a couple of women talking about ageism and the havoc it wreaks on older people.  Working for The Eden Alternative, I was clearly high-fiving them on the inside,

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Journey Through The Ten Principles

We are excited to share with you a new look at the Ten Principles of The Eden Alternative. Explore the principles, and go deeper for a more thorough understanding. The presentation is interactive. Click through using the arrow keys, but

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One Of The Plagues Makes The News

One of the Plagues in the News A recent McKnight’s article discusses the issues around learned helplessness and links to depression in Elders. The Eden Alternative identified this connection early on, designating helplessness as one of the three plagues. However,

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Change

Change is a tricky thing, isn’t it? Knowing which changes are worth making and which ones cause needless stress is nearly impossible to figure out objectively. They all cause stress, and the possible benefits are usually a matter of opinion. Telling other people to make

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Stylin’ and Retiren’

Thanks to DenverPost.com The Man Cave, a time honored home to the male fashion sense. But it took one man half a lifetime to get his, and he made it himself. When John Ahlenius moved into the Clermont Park retirement

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NY Times Article Features Heightened Empathy in People Who Live with Dementia

A recent New York Times article quoting award-winning author Dr. Al Power reminds us that people living with dementia have much to teach us about being fully present with one another. “Empathy Without Boundaries” highlights how individuals living with dementia

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The Beverly Centre Glenmore joins the Eden Registry

The Beverly Centre Glenmore Calgary, AB, Canada joined the Eden Registry on May 23, 2013.  The Beverly is home to 215 Elders and they also provide meaningful experiences to 40 Elders that attend the Adult Day Program.  Beautifully decorated it

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Mission Health Services: Fighting the Negative Effects of Ageism

 “An Elder is someone who has lived the history that we can only read about in text books. Now is the time to honor their sacrifices and  record their stories.” Marvin Maxwell Melbourne III. One day recently on a Eden

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Facilitating Life Passions: Celebrate the Person, Grow the Team

A few days ago I was lecturing my 14 year-old about safety and his passion for snowboarding and long boarding (skateboarding with a longer board). “Mom,” he told me, “You are asking me to hold back on what I love!”

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Strong Communication Skills: Step One to Building a Participatory Culture

Successful culture change calls on leaders to create an organizational culture that actively engages everyone in change initiatives.  Leaders who just pay lip service to creating a participatory ethos find out very quickly that they are building their culture change

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Care is More than Customer Service

For many years companies have pursued great customer service as a competitive strategy. Think the Disney model. Organizations in the health care arena, especially long term care providers, have more recently taken up the same charge. Think “If Disney Ran

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Dementia Beyond Drugs: Changing Perspectives and Changing Lives in Tennessee

The Eden Alternative is continuing its collaboration with the Tennessee Advancing Excellence Coalition, the Tennessee Department of Health Office of Health Care Facilities, and CMS by offering another three-day dementia training event in Knoxville, Tennessee, this week from 1/15-1/17. This

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Tennessee Takes on Antipsychotic Drug Reduction

Last week, the first of three multi-day events took place in Nashville, TN, focusing on the reduction of anti-psychotic drugs (see Chris Perna’s recent post for the details).  This collaboration between The Eden Alternative and the Tennessee Department of Health,

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Pinnacle Quality Insight Becomes Eden Alternative Value-Added Partner

This past month, The Eden Alternative added Pinnacle Quality Insight® to its growing list of value-added partners. Pinnacle offers customer satisfaction measurement to senior care providers. Their feedback process is based on the idea that healthcare should be evaluated just

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Visit Nashville this December!

Set amid the gentle hills and farmlands of central Tennessee, sprawling Nashville attracts millions of visitors each year. The majority come to immerse themselves in music, whether at mainstream showcases like the Country Music Hall of Fame and the Grand

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International Change Agents Gather in Iceland

On September 26, 2012, culture change advocates from around the world gathered in Reykjavik, Iceland to listen to presentations about The Eden Alternative.  They shared the challenges they face in bringing culture change to long-term care settings and amazing success

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Educators and Mentors Unite in Florida

Eden Alternative Educators and Mentors came from all over the U.S. and Canada to St. Petersburg, Florida October 5 & 6, 2012 for our bi-annual face to face gathering. Many hot topics were discussed such as identifying new paradigms that

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Texas Comes Together for Change

On Friday September 28th, over 200 culture change advocates convened in San Marcos, Texas, for the 2nd annual Texas Culture Change Coalition Symposium. It is was a day full of presentations and demonstrations from various culture change experts, including former

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New Eden Alternative Neighborhood Guides Come Out of Sewickley, PA Training

Two new organizations are stepping up to ensure that their neighborhood teams are successful. Care partners from St. John’s Home in Rochester, NY (Joanne Panarisi-Bottone, Kristine Angevine, and Karen Natoli) and Epworth Village in Oklahoma City, OK (Linda Crawford) attended

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The Eden Alternative Reaches China and Colombia

As of this month, our global reach at The Eden Alternative has officially extended to 6 out of 7 continents!  On September 4th, Dr. Bill Thomas added South America to the list when he landed in Bogotá, Colombia as keynote

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Embracing Elderhood Changes Lives Across Generations

At last week’s Green House Annual Meeting in Grand Rapids, Mich., I had the opportunity to introduce Green House adopters to Embracing Elderhood, an Eden Alternative initiative that brings volunteers, age 16 and older, together with Elders through the power

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Bridging the Gap in Dementia Care

Following are excerpts from an article with the same title as this post written by Kathleen Lourde that appears in the September issue of Provider Magazine, both the print and on-line versions. G. Allen Power, MD, author of “Dementia Beyond

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The Argument for Well-Being Through Culture Change

At the Eden Alternative we’ve known about the plague of loneliness for a long time. We teach about loneliness, helplessness, and boredom, the three plagues of the human spirit, and the negative effects they can have on Elders and their

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The Eden Alternative Hits the Pioneer Network Conference

The Eden Alternative joined over a 1,000 culture change enthusiasts in Jacksonville, Florida, last weekend to kick off the Pioneer Network’s 12th National Conference, Building a Bridge to a New Culture in Aging.  On Sunday, the 5th of August, our

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New UCSF Study Declares Loneliness Lethal for Elders

Last week, the Archives of Internal Medicine published the results of a study involving 1,600 Elders, confirming what the Eden Alternative Philosophy has upheld for many years. Medical experts found that Elders suffering from loneliness were at significant risk for

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Brave Pioneers Create Centers of Growth: Inspiring Stories for National Nursing Home Week: Part 3

National Nursing Home Week is a time to celebrate all those that are making a positive difference in the lives of thousands by combating loneliness, helplessness and boredom. We invite you to add to the story, increasing the depth of

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International Conference Takes Culture Change Across the Full Continuum of Care

Navigating the Way Home: Guiding Change Along the Continuum of Care, our 6th International Conference, ushers in a new and exciting period of growth for The Eden Alternative.  Scheduled for May 30-June 1, the event features The Eden Alternative’s commitment

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Elders Share Artistic Talents at the 2012 Eden Alternative International Conference

At the 2012 Eden Alternative International Conference, Elders have the opportunity to share their artistic flair by participating in a silent auction of Elder art.  This is the second time the International Conference has featured this event.  In 2010, Alice

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Culture Change Advocates as "Wayfinders"

Life coach Martha Beck’s new book, Finding Your Way in a Wild New World, captures the key qualities of what she calls a “Wayfinder.”  Wayfinders, by her definition, look a lot like culture change advocates to me.  Beck describes Wayfinders

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Culture Change is a Buzz in Texas

On March 12, 2012, Dr. Bill Thomas and 186 culture change advocates gathered at the The Brookwood Community in Brookshire, Texas to share in a movement to transform the culture of care regardless of where people live. The day was filled

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Building Bridges Offers Experiential Youth Track at International Conference

At each Eden Alternative International Conference, we get a chance to take a fresh look at culture change as a community issue. Through Building Bridges, Elders and youth, ages 11 to 15, come together to learn more about each other

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Connie Goldman to Appear at the 6th Eden Alternative International Conference

Nationally-acclaimed writer and speaker Connie Goldman will be a featured speaker at the upcoming 6th Eden Alternative International Conference, May 30-June 1, in Grand Rapids, Michigan. An award-winning National Public Radio producer and the author of six books, Ms. Goldman

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Watch Dr. Bill Thomas TEDx Talk Live Online!

Eden Alternative founder Dr. Bill Thomas makes his TEDx debut Saturday, June 4, and you can watch it live via streaming video from the TEDxSF Alive! Maximum Living as a Human event in San Francisco. Live streaming video will begin

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2011 MythBuster Calendar Debunks Myth of Aging

2011 MythBuster Calendar Debunks Myth of Aging

Check out the “Myth Busters: Defying the Myths of Aging” calendar from the Benjamin Rose Institute on Aging in Cleveland. The Cleveland Plain Dealer reports that the calendar features local celebrities and personalities who embrace aging and defy all the

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