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The 6th Eden Alternative International Conference

One of many celebrations!








The conference lobby was buzzing with excitement as individuals gathered for the 6th Eden Alternative International Conference.  Even as a newcomer to this event, it was evident that everyone was deeply connected both personally and professionally.  It felt like a large family reunion, and in no time, I was swept up in all the enthusiasm and camaraderie.

I have been pondering how to capture my experience but have found it very difficult to neatly package three powerful and enlightening days into one blog.  I anticipated I would meet extraordinary people, but I never imagined every person I met to leave such a lasting impression.  For instance, I met Connie Goldman, a former staff member of National Public Radio and life-long advocate of changing society’s perception on aging.  “We all want to live a long life,” she stated during the conference. “However, no one wants to age.  What people don’t understand is that being older is the best time of your life or at least it can be.”  I realized I was surrounded by people tirelessly working to make this a reality.

The conference was packed with educational sessions, panels, an exhibitor booth, and plenty of convivium and celebration.  Information ranged from international growth to intergenerational opportunities.  The conference also illuminated how the Eden philosophy and principles thrive in The Green House model.  It was a reminder that relationships are the basis of the work we do and will continue to guide our work in the future.

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  1. It’s always about relationships. With the elder we care for; with each other as caregivers; with the organization we work for. It’s also about the relationship we have with ourselves. I teach professional caregivers how to use Compassionate Touch to relate with others in a more meaningful way while, at the same time, provide a moment of relief from discomfort. Touch uplifts both lives- the reciever and the giver. When we allow ourselves to recieve the gifts the come from caring for others we experience growth on a profound level. Our self-relating is elevated– and, in turn, our relationship with everyone else. I wish I would have attended this event– next year!

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