Most of our readers know that Dr. Bill Thomas’ new novel Tribes of Eden is inspired and dedicated to the REAL tribes of eden, as in the thousands of care partners and homes making up The Eden Alternative global nonprofit.
One of the fun parts of spreading the word about Tribes is getting to introduce new people to The Eden Alternative and how big of a difference it makes in the lives of real Elders. Take a look at this news story out of Michigan (home to more Eden Alternative-registered homes than any other state!):
Rebecca Barr, as resident quality of life specialist at the Kalkaska Memorial Health Center Eden Center, explains the Eden Alternative. (Photo by MARIONETTE KUBICZ/For The Leader)
By MARIONETTE KUBICZ
For The Leader
A post-apocalyptic vision of America might not appear to have anything to do with your grandmother’s nursing home.
In his novel “Tribes of Eden,” however, expert on aging Dr. William Thomas uses a family fleeing a totalitarian regime in a collapsed society as an analogy for seniors who must live in conventional nursing care facilities against their will.
The book, released April 2, is a sequel to Thomas’ novel “In the Arms of Elders.”
If the comparison seems harsh, it’s because Thomas, with his wife Jude, as co-founders of the Eden Alternative, believe that a much better life is possible for the elderly. The Eden model also seeks optimal well being for families and staff.
And that idea is being implemented right in Kalkaska.
Visit the Leader newspaper to read the full story.