News from The Eden Alternative







Time to Head to Canada, Eh? 



Sherbrooke Palooza!


This is an exclusive and extraordinary opportunity to spend 3 days, side-by-side, with CEO Suellen Beatty and her powerhouse team through a deep dive into Sherbrooke Community Centre’s innovative culture and community life.




Block out June 11-13, 2019 in your calendar! 



Click here to learn more and to REGISTER for this exclusive deep dive experience for leaders.  Space is limited to only 50 people. Lock in your space now.


STEP 3: 

See you in Saskatoon, SK, Canada in June 2019, where you will gain the tips and tools you need to transform your organizational culture for the long run.



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Kris and Deke!


As Principle Nine of the Eden Alternative reminds us, we never stop growing and becoming.  And so it goes for us at The Eden Alternative, as we welcome two powerful change agents to our team...


Kris Angevine joins the Eden Alternative Home Office Team as our new Eden Registry Liaison.  Kris brings vast experience implementing culture change and a rockin’ skill set to her new role with us. 


Learn more about Kris as Jill Vitale Aussem, our President & CEO, interviews her in Ladies and Gentlemen… Kris Angevine.



Deke Cateau, COO of A.G. Rhodes, joins the Eden Alternative Board of Directors. An Eden Registry Member, A.G. Rhodes receives five-star CMS ratings and has frequently won awards such as the Atlanta Journal-Constitution’s Top Workplaces Award. We are thrilled to benefit from Deke’s drive and commitment. 


Click here to learn more about Deke and his vision in Jill’s interview with him.  

Tikkun Olam: Repair the World


By Laura Beck


I recently had the honor of joining a virtual ritual convened by Age Without Borders. We gathered in observance of the 11 souls lost – many of them Elders – in a Pittsburgh synagogue shooting on October 27th.  Our time together was marked by the words of the officiating rabbi.


He shared, “You are not responsible to change the entire world, but you are responsible to change your immediate world, your community.”  His call to action focused on the dangers of “otherizing” – a societal tendency to perceive others as alien, separate, or different from ourselves. This reminded me of the Hebrew expression “Tikkun Olam” during Certified Eden Associate Training...


Read the entire blog here.

Minka MAGIC Homes and Communities


A blog


Minka Homes and Communities combine advanced manufacturing with local community design to empower people of all ages and abilities – including those living with dementia – to create engaging inclusive communities.


Nationally renowned aging expert Dr. Bill Thomas unveiled the first-of-its-kind robotic prefabricated Minka house built on the University of Southern Indiana (USI) campus in less than a week featuring universal design accessibility and advanced manufacturing technology. The Minka will serve as a model house, simulation lab for USI students and a building block for creating age-friendly communities.


The USI Minka model house is the culmination of a year-long “MAGIC” (Multi-Ability, multi-Generational, Inclusive Community) pilot project supported by the USI Foundation and AARP that is kickstarting a cultural transformation related to aging and community design. It builds off Dr. Thomas’ near 30 years of innovation...


“This Minka house represents history in the making,”...


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Who Better to Teach a College Course on Aging Than Older Adults? 


By Roscoe Nicholson and Marcia Spira , Guest Bloggers on McKnight's Long-Term Care News

Older adults in senior living are not just residents, customers, or patients. They are also experts on aging.


They have the capacity to transform misassumptions and stereotypes of aging into sensitive recognition of the uniqueness of each person. The collective wisdom they possess and the stories they can share provide an effective vehicle for teaching interested students. And these experts have opinions on what is important for potential aging services professionals and gerontologists to know about aging. 


In the spring 2018 semester, Loyola University of Chicago Social Work students were offered a new course on aging that leveraged the lived experience and expertise of residents of The Mather, a Life Plan Community in neighboring Evanston, IL...


Read the entire blog here.