Green House Blog

Dementia Care: Reminiscence versus Real

A senior housing operator approached me recently about endorsing his new memory care development. It sounded lovely—he said it was designed to feel like a neighborhood—the residents living with dementia could wander down the street to visit friends and partake in different activities going on throughout the neighborhood. He spoke of the effort and expense […]

Medication, Dementia & the Crucial Need for Advocacy

We’ve all seen it—the elder who moves into a nursing home or assisted living with a list of medication as long as your arm. As the nurse who would often do the admissions, I would look at this older, frail person, see their lengthy medication administration record (MAR) and wonder how they could swallow all […]

Dementia Action Alliance (DAA) Conference

It was a pleasure to be able to attend the DAA Conference in Atlanta last month. The Dementia Action Alliance is a non-profit national advocacy and educational organization striving to support people living with dementia to lead normal lives. One of the DAA’s goals is to educate about the stigma and misperceptions that are prevalent regarding people […]

Transforming the elder experience

Following is a repost of a blog by Carol Silver Elliott as it appeared in the Times of Israel on July 8. What if we viewed elders as individuals with value and purpose? What if we stopped, as a society, seeing older adults as “them,” as people who are “less than” and who have little to […]

A New Chapter Begins

When Mississippi Methodist Senior Services opened the first Green House homes in Tupelo, Miss., back in 2003, we really believed that they would be game changers in the field of aging services. But we had no idea at the time that some 15 years later, the movement to deinstitutionalize nursing homes and humanize care for elders would sweep the globe. With some 284 […]

Let’s Keep It Real!

A neighbor of mine, recently diagnosed with dementia of the Alzheimer’s type, has shared with me that he hardly ever leaves his house anymore, because he doesn’t want anyone to know his situation.  How heartbreaking this is for him and illustrates the powerful stigma that is associated with dementia.  This is a man who developed […]

GHP’s Wiegand Serves as Juror in Design for Aging Competition

The Green House Project’s very own Deborah Wiegand recently served as a judge in the 2019 Environments for Aging (EFA) Design Showcase competition. She and 16 other jurors gathered in Dallas in mid-January to review and evaluate 44 submissions from all over the countr This was the first year that someone from The Green House […]

The Awfulness of the National Institute on Aging’s ECT Study

I was deeply distressed to learn that the National Institute on Aging (NIA) is sponsoring a trial for the use of electroconvulsive therapy (ECT) for people living with dementia (PLWD) who exhibit severe aggression and agitation. Not only that, according to a press release on the website of one of the participating organizations, the study […]

Green House Represents at Pioneer Network Conference

The Green House Project showed up in a big way this year at the Pioneer Network annual conference in Denver, Colo., where senior leaders presented three breakout sessions and a tour of the local Green House homes was sold out. Green House Senior Director Susan Ryan teamed up with Lisa Czolowski, CEO at Hover Community […]

Ryan Addresses International Alzheimer’s Conference

Being seen goes deeper than recognizing the visible attributes of a person. When a person is truly seen their inner complexities shine and all labels associated with them (such as Alzheimer’s disease) are shed. Their preferences in everyday life are understood and their uniqueness is honored. This was the message that Susan Ryan, The Green House […]

St. John’s Selects Vice President of Skilled Services: Nate Sweeney

The Green House Project Team congratulates Nate Sweeney on his new position with St. John’s! Rochester, NY via The Post Aug 22, 2018 St. John’s recently announced that Nate Sweeney joined its team as vice president of skilled services. Sweeney is bringing 17 years of experience in the health care industry, with nearly a decade spent […]

Loveland Housing Authority Fundraising Gala Kick-off Event Has A Surprise Ending from Mother Nature!

I had the pleasure of attending Mirasol’s Gala fund raising kick-off event in late June. The Loveland Housing Authority has decided to build two additional Green House homes by raising money through an aggressive capital campaign. Invitees included influential members of the Loveland community. They had already received a generous contribution of $100K from one […]