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The Upside of Risk

“Risk.” This word conjures up feelings of negativity and fear. But Dr. Bill Thomas gives us a fresh perspective on this daunting term. He differentiates between downside and upside risk. The difference being that risk, as Dr. Thomas puts it is, “the outcome of an action [that] may result in something unexpected.” Upside risk is the possibility that something good can come out of taking risks. Watch Dr. Thomas speak about how upside risk can help elders thrive!

What risks have you taken in your life that have resulted in a positive outcome?

Safety Surplus: The Upside to Risk from The Green House Project on Vimeo.

At the 2010 Green House Project Meeting, Dr. Bill Thomas describes the danger of creating “too safe” of an environment, where individuals are not allowed the opportunity to take risks that allow them to grow and thrive.

A Nursing Home Alternative Where Elders Cook

elders cooking

Food is pleasure. Preparing it, smelling it and eating it, regardless of our dining rituals, food brings meaning to our lives and defines a part of our individuality. The Green House Model protects this philosophy through teaching the importance of simple pleasures and knowing relationships for creating meaning and value for elders. Pam Dixon, Director of Food Services at Ave Maria Home in Bartlett, TN shares with us an inspiring ritual they’ve created in their legacy home. A ritual they are ecstatic to bring to their new Green House homes! Elders suggest recipes they used to cook themselves and those recipes are prepared for the elders in the legacy homes. Now, in their Green House homes, elders will also be involved in conducting and preparing the meals! Pam tells us, “It is so wonderful to watch the excitement of our elders as they share their memories with each other.” We all have diverse backgrounds and rich memories that are shared through our food. What better way to relish those memories than stimulating our strongest senses, smell and taste? Tell us: what food and/or recipe will always be a part of your life?

Here is the latest favorite recipe shared by an elder:

Chicken and Yellow Rice Casserole

1 fryer cut-up (can use just thighs & breasts)

1-2 onions chopped

1 envelope Vigo flavoring

1 qt. Water

1 T salt

½- 1 green pepper chopped

1 bay leaf

2-3 garlic cloves

1 4 oz. can pimentos

1 small can English Peas

1 or 2 tomatoes chopped

1 10 oz. pkg Vigo yellow rice

In frying pan, fry chicken till well browned. In large saucepan, sauté garlic onion and green pepper. Add tomatoes and simmer till soft. Add water, Vigo flavoring, bay leaf and salt. Stir well. Add chicken and bring to a boil. Then reduce heat and with lid on, simmer 10 minutes. Bring to boil again, add rice and let return to boil. Stir once and cover tightly. Lower heat to simmer and let cook without lifting lid for 23-30 minutes. When done add peas and pimentos.

Enjoy!

Geriatrician Discusses Treatment of Depression vs. Dementia

Did you miss the 2010 Green House Project Meeting and Celebration in Albany, NY? Don’t worry, join us now to continue conversations started at last year’s Meeting and help us prepare for the upcoming 2011 meeting. The conversation continues here at The Green House Blog, where we will be featuring weekly video  highlights from the 2010 meeting. Videos include interviews with founder Dr. Bill Thomas and geriatrician and dementia expert Dr. Al Power, and excerpts from two terrific and frank panel discussions with Elders and Shahbazim about life in The Green House. Get notifications for new videos by subscribing to The Green House Project on Vimeo, following us on Twitter @GreenHouse_Proj and “Liking” us on Facebook. Below, Al Power discusses the difference between diagnosing depression and dementia among older adults and the basis for person-centered treatments for depression. Please share your thoughts by commenting below.

<iframe src=”http://player.vimeo.com/video/19100588?byline=0″ width=”398″ height=”224″ frameborder=”0″></iframe><p><a href=”http://vimeo.com/19100588″>Mental Health and Aging: Depression</a> from <a href=”http://vimeo.com/thegreenhouseproject”>The Green House Project</a> on <a href=”http://vimeo.com”>Vimeo</a>.</p><p>Eden Mentor and geriatrician Dr. Allen Power speaks about depression diagnosis and treatment for older adults at the 2010 annual Green House Project Meeting in Albany, NY.</p>

'Green House Project': A Nursing Home Alternative That Promotes Growth

Jan Cassidy Wood and her siblings knew that if their older brother Jack Cassidy ever needed long-term nursing care, it would fall to them to find it. He was unmarried and lived alone, and since childhood has had serious health issues.

After a stroke this past January, the 68-year-old retired mail clerk could no longer take care of himself in his home. So Wood, a former high school teacher, researched 32 long-term care facilities in the Boston area.

Finding up to four residents to a room on her visits, Wood found the places far from warm and fuzzy. The staff at short-term rehabilitation, where Jack landed after the hospital, kept asking her if she had found a bed.“But that grated on me,” Wood says. “I wasn’t looking for a bed for Jack. I was looking for a home.”  Check out the entire article on changingaging.org or AARP.

‘Green House Project’: A Nursing Home Alternative That Promotes Growth

Jan Cassidy Wood and her siblings knew that if their older brother Jack Cassidy ever needed long-term nursing care, it would fall to them to find it. He was unmarried and lived alone, and since childhood has had serious health issues.

After a stroke this past January, the 68-year-old retired mail clerk could no longer take care of himself in his home. So Wood, a former high school teacher, researched 32 long-term care facilities in the Boston area.

Finding up to four residents to a room on her visits, Wood found the places far from warm and fuzzy. The staff at short-term rehabilitation, where Jack landed after the hospital, kept asking her if she had found a bed.“But that grated on me,” Wood says. “I wasn’t looking for a bed for Jack. I was looking for a home.”  Check out the entire article on changingaging.org or AARP.