Things are heating up in the race to reduce antipsychotic use. Three weeks ago, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) released new statistics ranking Tennessee as one of the top five states to significantly reduce the use of antipsychotics. Spurred by CMS’ National Partnership to Improve Dementia Care in Nursing Homes, Tennessee claims a 16.5% reduction in antipsychotic use between 2011 and 2013.
One of the best and most valuable parts of the the Eden Alternative movement is the collaboration that goes on between people in different countries and continents.
When Al Power was in med school and specializing in geriatrics, he would visit his grandmother in a nursing home.
“But let there be spaces in your togetherness and let the winds of the heavens dance between you. Love one another but make not a bond of love: let it rather be a moving sea between the shores of your … Continue reading →
ChangingAging with Dr. Bill Thomas Snowed-In But Not Out By Dr. Bill Thomas on October 31, 2011 | ChangingAging.org I arrived in London this weekend despite some major weekend travel snafus thanks to New England’s snowy Nor’easter. More updates from the UK soon but first I wanted to share a note I sent to my good friends at CharterCare […]
June Burgess, Regional Coordinator of Eden Alternative UK & Ireland and Eden Mentor and Trainer Paul Bailey submitted this guest post documenting their recent journey to introduce the Eden Alternative to South Africa: Our trip South Africa was a terrific experience. We met so many wonderful and enthusiastic people from those living in poor […]
I’ve been thinking a lot about a comment I received last week. I was speaking at a grant funders’ luncheon about the Green House model. I had mentioned at the outset that long-term care costs were untenable, but so were … Continue reading →
We arrived on Monday, March 7th–a day late, due to a plane breakdown in Rochester that forced us to miss our flight over. After a night in Newark and some fancy footwork, we managed to get another flight out on … Continue reading →
This past week, I have been touring around Tennessee. On Tuesday, I spoke at Uplands Village in Pleasant Hill, and was joined by my friend Kort Nygard, psychologist and Eden Educator. As usual, Kort was a mine of valuable perspectives on aging. Then Kort and I joined a team of people to present two sessions for […]
Anderson Cooper’s blog offers up a nice recollection of Dr. Butler. …it was Butler who, in 1968, coined the term “ageism.” By “ageism,” you might think of bias in employment, housing, public services and the like. I tend to think of depictions of older people in film, videos, television and commercials. There are societies that […]
I visited an Edenising unit within a large NH in Vienna. Nursing manager Silvia Haupt has implemented an Eden pilot project in her unit, making cultural, organisational and structural changes in the utterly institutional environment, designed for warehousing old and frail residents. She had the foresight of budgeting for an evaluation using social capital indicators. […]
One of the strengths of the Eden Alternative is that it is value-based. There are ten solid principles that form its foundation. Each organization follows its own transformational path; their actual process may vary, depending on individual style and culture, but the Eden principles assure that their foundation remains solid. Many of us on these pages have […]