For anyone who enjoys reading these pages, I hope you will seriously consider joining us at the 4th International Eden Alternative Conference, June 3-6 in Columbus, Ohio. Every two years, leading innovators from around the world gather at a different city to share exciting developments in changing aging in society. Columbus is easy to
get to, and it should be a fabulous time!
Eden Founder Dr. Bill Thomas will be on hand, and will give the opening Keynote address, and Executive Director Nancy Fox and Board member Sara Rowan will convene the conference. There will be dozens of speakers throughout the meeting, including Jane Verity and Hilary Lee (see the “Spark of Life” video on the 5/6 Monkhouse Monday post). There will be a presentation on Green Houses(R), and one about using computer technology to enhance the lives of elders. Bloggers Christa Monkhouse and myself will have presentations as well.
There will be a dinner/dance which will also include a theatrical performance by Howling At The Moon, a company of 8 women over 60 who write and perform sketches about what it means to be older. An International Reception kicks off the event with a convergence of Eden Associates from all corners of the world. The closing Keynote speaker will be Richard Pimentel, a prominent disability rights advocate recently profiled in the documentary film “Music Within”.
In between all of this, you can learn about culture change from Europe to Australia, about aromatherapy, intergenerational experiences, changing roles of nurses and others in the elder care workforce, and many, many other topics.
A discounted “early bird” registration deadline has been extended to May 16th. Your fee covers the whole conference, plus breakfasts and lunches, the Tuesday reception, the Wednesday dinner/theater/dance, and a free showing of “Music Within”. It’s an incredible deal!
To see the whole program and to register, go to www.edenalt.org, and click on the conference link. See you there!
— Al Power