Sarah Neuman, is a Green House Project with a long history of culture change, “The initiative is an outgrowth of our cultural change,” said Lisa Feiner, chair of the Sarah Neuman board. In this recent article, in The Patch online newspapre, the project in Westchester County, NY, is upheld as revolutionary,
Based on the teachings of Dr. Bill Thomas, a geriatrician whose Eden Alternative philosophy teaches that “aging should be a continued state of development and growth, rather than a period of decline,” the Sarah Neuman nursing home in Mamaroneck plans to build a free standing set of buildings modeled after Thomas’ Green House Project, which will address what Thomas says are the basic problems affecting nursing home residents: loneliness, boredom and helplessness.
In a poignant quote from a National Public Radio (NPR) interview in 2005, Thomas said, “I believe that in the nursing home every year, thousands and thousands of people die of a broken heart. They die not so much because their organs fail, but because their grip on life has failed.”
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