The feeling of loneliness and isolation people are facing is not simply due to aging—it’s due to our society’s lack of value for older adults. There is a cultural shift that we need to start working toward.
Senior Services Winston-Salem is one of the nation’s largest broad-based non-profits serving elders to undergo a company-wide transformation in its culture through Eden at Home, with the goal of enhancing the quality of life of the older people they serve.
As we come upon National Nursing Home Week, the reality is we aren’t likely to see a special section of the greeting cards aisle in the store dedicated to this theme.
Aging in community presents a viable and appealing third option to institutional long-term care or “aging-in-place” that fosters and draws on social capital.
At the Eden Alternative we’ve known about the plague of loneliness for a long time. We teach about loneliness, helplessness, and boredom, the three plagues of the human spirit, and the negative effects they can have on Elders and their care partners, robbing them of their well-being and quality of life. Our teaching about loneliness […]
Last week, the Archives of Internal Medicine published the results of a study involving 1,600 Elders, confirming what the Eden Alternative Philosophy has upheld for many years. Medical experts found that Elders suffering from loneliness were at significant risk for declining health over short periods of time. In 2002, participating Elders were interviewed about how […]
Last month’s issue of The Atlantic Magazine featured a cover story asking whether social media — from Facebook to Twitter — is making us intrinsically more lonely. It’s a provocative and disturbing premise but I’m not sure it holds up to close scrutiny.
The takeaway message for me is that authentic relationships and authentic interactions are vastly more important than the size of your network or the number of “Likes” you can generate.
The tropical island of Bermuda has a fast-growing elder population and needs to act now to improve long-term care, nursing home administrator Rosheena Masters said in her acceptance speech after receiving a Public Health Professional Award from the island’s Ministry of Health.
What kind of long term care improvements does Bermuda need? According to Masters, administrator at Lefroy House in Somerset, Bermuda needs The Eden Alternative: