Green House Blog

An age-friendly vision for America’s capital city: in conversation with Gail Kohn

Gail Kohn was the latest guest on the “Elevate Eldercare” podcast, in conversation with Senior Director Susan Ryan. A powerhouse leader, particularly in pushing for diversity and community, she is the former executive director of Capitol Hill Village and Collington. Now, she leads the Age-Friendly DC initiative, as part of a World Health Organization project […]

Wyoming Life Resource Center

Green House in Wyoming: A Story of Firsts

In 2007, Doug Osborn and Charles Scott of the Wyoming legislature brought a bill up for consideration. The bill would authorize three pilot projects, in three different communities in Wyoming, to study alternative elderly care homes.  The passage of the bill was a catalyst for radical change in eldercare in Wyoming. Prior to this bill, […]

Tammy Marshall

Biophilia, Salutogenesis & the Roots of Humanity

In this week’s podcast, GHP Senior Director Susan Ryan sits down with Tammy Marshall, founder and CEO of Biophilia Pharma, for a second time, to delve deeper into biophilia, salutogenic approaches to healing, and imagining a future of eldercare that prioritizes a holistic relationship to nature. I ended this podcast completely in awe of the […]

Medical & Policy Perspectives on Eldercare with Michael Wasserman, MD

Hello! My name is Meghna Datta and I’m an undergraduate intern with The Green House Project (GHP) this summer. I’m a student at Duke, originally from the Midwest, and working here has been a dream of mine for such a long time that being here feels surreal.  I will be blogging about podcast episodes, webinars, […]

An Unlikely Partnership Solves a PPE Issue

The team at Jewish Senior Life wondered if the local Amish community might be able to help. That’s when JSL Chief Information Officer Travis Masonis stepped up to make a crucial connection.

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Ashton Applewhite on Aging & Ageism

Given how the events of past 10 months have affected older adults, my colleague, Marla DeVries, and I looked at how ageism has played a role in why COVID-19 has had such a devastating impact on those who live in nursing homes. A recent interview on the Elevate Eldercare podcast offers an important perspective on […]

Living with Early-Onset Dementia: A Story of Courage & Hope

After a career in telecommunications as well as serving as a member of the Rhode Island National Guard for over a decade, Mike Belleville was diagnosed with early onset dementia, at the age of 52. Although the news was devastating to Mike,  he has not let it define him.

Avoidable: David Grabowski’s Take on the Pandemic’s Impact on Nursing Homes

COVID-19 has had such an impact on so many lives over the past several months that when you hear a well-respected researcher in long-term care say the impact could have been significantly reduced in nursing homes or AVOIDABLE…it makes you lean into the conversation and hear how he backs up that statement. And Dr. David […]

Disparties, Racism & Ageism Amid COIVD-19

The Elevate Eldercare podcast this week is most timely given the headlines concerning protests about social injustice in Wisconsin. Susan Ryan, Green House Senior Director, interviewed Karyne Jones, the president & CEO of the National Caucus and Center on Black Aging (NCBA). It was amazing the wide variety of topics they covered – everything from […]

How They Made the Mold

We had a trip down memory lane and the inside scoop from two innovative leaders on the most recent Elevate Eldercare episode. Susan interviewed the creator and founder of The Green House Project, Dr. Bill Thomas, MD, and the CEO of Methodist Senior Services (MSS), Steve McAlilly. MSS pioneered the first Green House homes on […]

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A Nurse Says, “Safety Third”

We could entitle the latest “Let me say This about That,” Nurse-Speak for Dummies as Mary Hopfner-Thomas, my co-host, and I (two non-nurses) unpack the conversation between two nurses, Green House Senior Director Susan Ryan and Tammy Marshall, chief experience officer at Thrive Senior Living. Tammy said, “There is a way of knowing that nurses have…that is […]

Dr. James Wright

Dementia-ism, Grace, and the Value of the Outdoors

In our Friday recap of this podcast, “Let Me Say This About That,” Marla and I take a wonderful journey to further explore what Dr. Wright would like to accomplish. We discuss how he will use his voice and why we see his 25 years of experience as a way to help pave the path toward […]