Embracing The Eden Alternative™ in Long-term Care Environments

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Abstract

Abstract:

As we move toward the new millennium, 76 million Baby Boomers are on the brink of retirement. For some seniors, long-term care will be a necessity. Older adults value independence, physical activity, intellectual curiosity, caring, and spirituality. The long-term care culture is being revolutionized by The Eden Alternative, which strives to decrease loneliness, helplessness, and boredom by developing healthy habitats in a home-like environment. Three key components are children, plants, and companion animals that provide variety and spontaneity in life.

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