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Home is Where the Med Cart ISN’T

A 2-Part Webinar from The Eden Alternative


Join us April 24 and May 1 and learn how eliminating the med cart:


Helps reduce the number of medication mistakes;


Encourages teams to simplify medication use;


Helps eliminate unnecessary meds;


Supports growth of meaningful relationships; 


Protects the dignity, security and privacy; and


Positions teams to optimize medication use for each person.


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Move Mountains...Change Lives          


By Jill Vitale-Aussem


Move Mountains



I recently read a study that found that only 13% of nursing homes in the US had comprehensively adopted culture change. I was beside myself.


“Thirteen percent?!” I said, “Are you kidding me? How can that be possible?” Full disclosure: I also probably said some swear words.


I mean, we know that a person-directed culture makes sense. We know Elders deserve better than the institutional model. We know care partners deserve better than the institutional model. We know it’s the Right. Thing. To. Do.


So, why have so few organizations driven deep and sustainable change? Here’s why:


Read the entire blog here.



Sherbrooke Shines Light on Surplus Safety


By Laura Beck


A recent article featured in CBC highlights Sherbrooke’s commitment to balancing upside risk with safety, to maximize the autonomy and self-expression of the Elders they serve.


As change agents, we understand how a rabid concern for safety can backfire and create helplessness and inhibit growth.  For others who aren’t familiar with person-directed practices, we have to peel back the onion a layer at a time to help people really understand how safety concerns can create other problems.  Suellen Beatty, CEO of Sherbrooke says it best ...


Read the blog that has a link to the article here.


Learn about a leadership deep dive retreat at Sherbrooke in June 2019.


What you Don't Know CAN Hurt you


By Laura Beck


Years ago, while volunteering each week at a local organization, I met a nice guy, Jim, who always wore the same hat… day in, day out.  The rest of us benignly speculated about the ever-present hat… did he ever take it off?  Did he sleep with it on? We had a laugh or two about that hat and what the story behind it might be.  And one day, feeling jovial with Jim, we came clean.  We asked him what it would take for that hat to come off.

We weren’t at all prepared for what happened next. Jim’s face went ashen, and he raced from the room.  We learned later that Jim had endured something deeply traumatic years ago that left his head horribly and visibly scarred.  The hat had not only concealed the physical scars, but it had hidden the emotional ones he continued to carry with him.  In a single moment, our cajoling brought up all of his pain all over again...


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Anti-Ageism Clearinghouse, OldSchool, Gets a Mighty Upgrade


The Old School Clearinghouse belongs to everyone and is an ongoing, evolving collaboration.


 - by Ryan Backer & Kyrie Carpenter  posted in



“Movements need people. (That would be you),” writes anti-ageism activist Ashton Applewhite. “Movements need purpose. (To make the world a better place in which to grow old. And, while we’re at it, to be young, or have a disability, or be queer or non-rich or non-white.) And movements need tools.”, Ashton’s collaboration with pro-aging activists Ryan Backer and Kyrié Carpenter (that’s us!), has all three: passionate people, an important purpose, and a unique set of tools. It’s a clearinghouse of free and carefully vetted resources to educate people about ageism and help dismantle it. Our goal is to catalyze a movement to make ageism – discrimination on the basis of age–  as unacceptable as other kinds of prejudice.


A “clearinghouse of anti-ageism resources” isn’t the sexiest phrase, so we were delightedly surprised by the enthusiastic reception when OldSchool launched last summer. We’ve heard from all kinds of people—from the general public to people in aging services, from teachers and artists to administrators and activists—that the site fills a real need.” exposes ageism’s toxic effects, and impresses with the magnitude...


Read the entire article here.