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Highlights from the Eden Conference in Denver
Last month the Tribes of Eden gathered in Denver for their 5th International Eden Alternative Conference. I was there to videotape Dr. Bill Thomas’ keynote address and had the fortune of catching a few other sessions. Below I’ve compiled some highlights, including Bill’s introduction of the Path to Mastery, several minutes of Al Power’s powerful presentation Beyond Dementia, and an incredible display of warm technology by Jack York of IN2L.com.
Nursing Home Nation: Raw Milk Edition
I’m running an occasional series of posts concerning the “nursing home-ification” of American culture. This is also the theme of a novel I have just finished. The use of automatic weapons to prevent people from drinking unpasteurized milk represents a dramatic expansion of the very kind of paternalism which has long marked life inside nursing homes.
Pay to Sit
Real care is not simply a matter of one trained and credentialed person doing things to a person who is ill or injured. Real care implies a knowing and two sided exchange, a human interaction.
truly a beautiful thing
This blog gets some mighty powerful comments: My 92-year-old mother with advanced dementia still lives at home and attends an Eden-accredited day centre. Six weeks ago I received a call from the acting manager to say they were finding my mother’s behaviour very challenging and wanted to bring in their ‘Dementia Behaviour Management Advisory’ team to assess and advise. Would I agree?
The Treatment Trap
I love PrimeTime Radio’s Mike Cuthbert. He’s smart and funny and he reads the book before he interviews the author. This week he tackled a Real Care Now issue with The Treatment Trap: Overused, Overtreated and Out of Control. Author Rosemary Gibson examines unnecessary surgery, needless x-rays and tests. These wasteful medical practices not only drive up healthcare costs, but can also be harmful to patients.
Person-Centered Care— Every Time
Daniela Simmons, Founder and President of DANIEL DOMES offered this comment as a followup to her experience with the recent Eden Alternative International Conference.
Ringing a Bell at Bellevue
This is bumped from the comments —
Keith Knapp is a pioneering leader in culture change and a heck of a smart guy. He sent me a note praising the book Nurture Shock. The authors attempt to use science to pierce the conventional wisdom surrounding child-rearing. This interests me, of course, because our task involves overthrowing the old “old age” and creating a new elderhood.
Power-Up – Canaries in the Mine
I caught a bit of the Diane Rehm show a couple weeks ago, where author Garret Keizer spoke about the effects of all of the noise in our environment. A caller asked about certain children with disabilities who have more trouble processing when there is a lot of environmental noise.
Power-Up Friday: Let’s Get Provocative
One can depend on two things in this world: (1) lots of people swear by the benefits of glucosamine, and (2) the medical establishment won’t find clinical proof of efficacy.
Al Power’s Blog
For more insanely useful insights into aging and the experience of dementia, check out Al Power’s Blog
Teaching Students to Look at Aging in New Ways
A couple months ago, I spent my very last day on the job at UMBC with a special guest — Childs Walker, higher education reporter for The Baltimore Sun. I brought Childs to UMBC to meet the Erickson School’s amazing faculty, students and alumni. Childs’ story ran on the front page of the Sun last week, and I think it does a brilliant job summing-up what the Erickson School is all about:
The Path Least Traveled
It was 5 AM mountain time. I pulled my head out of the sleeping bag and quickly dove back in. The temperature was in the 40’s and I was sleeping on the bare ground in the hills of Wyoming.
Zombies Attack (Our Culture)
Are we obsessed with our own demise? I really can’t think of any other explanation why so many people are obsessed with the zombie genre.
A Whale of a Grandmother
One of the cool things about aging as a topic of interest is that it has so many interesting nooks and crannies — consider the biology of the toothed-whale: It is specifically among great apes and toothed whales that menopause and post-reproductive helping have evolved”
Power-Up: Friday Funnies
We live in a world of spin — a world where bad ideas are repackaged as good and vice versa. So let’s take this a step further and re-imagine our favorite movies.