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The Green House Model: Person-Directed Relationship-Based Care…An Important Part Of The Conversation For Those Living With Alzheimer ’s Disease.

The “I’ll Be Me” documentary featuring music legend, Glen Campbell has meant a new surge in the discussion about Alzheimer’s disease and how important our person centered perspective needs to be part of the conversation to increase awareness that people living with dementia are creative, resourceful and whole.

Director of The Green House Project, Susan Frazier, recently served on a panel after the showing of the film in Arlington, Virginia—the room was packed with an audience of more than 200 people all eager to ask questions and find out more about the disease.

People with dementia do best when they live within a caring community.  The Green House core values: Meaningful Life, Real Home, and Empowered Staff and the essential practices of the model support each aspect of life for all people living with dementia, and truly, all people living in the homes.

With more than 25 years of experience operationalizing and advancing person-directed care, former speech therapist and long term care administrator, Karen Love, wrote a blog about what needs to happen to encourage others to develop person-directed care.

She points to the white paper in January 2013 titled “Dementia Care:  The Quality Chasm” that provides the consensus definition and framework for person-centered dementia care.

Karen says that successfully evolving to person-centered dementia care practices will require the efforts of all stakeholders including individuals living with early stage dementia, family members and other care partners and healthcare practitioners.

Tell us what you think about the documentary OR your thoughts about person-centered care!

Great Minds Gala at PEAK Leadership Summit

This year the Leading Age PEAK Leadership Summit will be held March 17-19 in Washington D.C. and THE GREEN HOUSE® Project is excited to send some of our team members to the event.  This summit aims to expand the world of possibilities for aging; a vision we support and work toward wholeheartedly. Not only will we engage with peers in the field by attending sessions and exhibiting at the summit but also through our sponsorship of the Great Minds Gala.

The Great Minds Gala is a fundraising event that will honor Leading Age members and other individuals in the field who have shown courage and leadership as they work tirelessly to improve the lives of those affected by Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias.  One honoree at the event will be Glen Campbell, renowned country music singer and actor, who was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease in 2011.

You can join the summit conversation by following @LarryMinnix, @LeadingAge and @LeadingAgeCAST on Twitter using #PEAK14 or by liking the Leading Age PEAK Summit Facebook page.