Improving the lives of older people
and their carers by transforming the
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Recommended reading

Life Worth Living – By Dr. William H. Thomas. Read this award winning book that provides practical information, some initial statistics, and addresses some of the problems long term care facilities face. This book is a great introduction to the principles and practices which underlie the Eden Alternative approach to long term care

Tribes of Eden – A Novel by Dr. William H. Thomas: When the future of humanity hangs in the balance… a peacemaker must rise to meet her destiny

Dementia Beyond Drugs – Changing the Culture of Care. By G. Allen Power, M.D., F.A.C.S The resource you need to provide a life more affirming and meaningful than current practices.

In the Arms of Elders – By Dr. William H. Thomas. A Parable of Wise Leadership and Community Building.

The Eden Handbook – This handbook is the companion book to “In the Arms of Elders“. This ‘how to” manual takes you Principle by Principle with tips on how to begin to bring each Principle to life in your organization. The revision of Dr. Thomas’s original Eden Alternative Handbook has been updated to include all new stories from Eden Associates and homes on the Registry. These dedicated people share poignant aspects of their own journeys. As Eden evolves, so to does our language. We have revised aspects of our language in this update, as well.

The Journey of a Lifetime: Leadership Pathways to Culture Change – By Nancy Fox. In her book, Nancy draws from her life experiences as Eden Alternative executive director, nursing home administrator, caregiver, educator, student, mother, child and grandchild to paint a picture of life as it could be for our elders, and how we can make that happen as leaders and caregivers. 

“If leadership is the lifeblood of effective and lasting change, then Nancy Fox has provided us all with a powerful transfusion of leadership principles and practices. It’s just what the doctor ordered!” – William H. Thomas, M.D. Founder, The Eden Alternative

What are Old People For? How Elders Will Save the World –  by Dr. Bill Thomas.
“A passionate and persuasive case is made for removing our ageist blinders and seeing old age as a developmental stage of life.”


Being Mortal: Medicine and What Matters in the End  – by Atul Gawande. In Being Mortal, bestselling author Atul Gawande tackles the hardest challenge of his profession: how medicine can not only improve life but also the process of its ending.

Meeting the Leadership Challenge in Long Term Care – Widely recognized as experts in the long-term care field, authors David Farrell, Cathie Brady, and Barbara Frank combine their years of experience in nursing home leadership and management to create a resource that can lead the field forward. Meeting the Leadership Challenge in Long-Term Care offers practical, common sense, easy-to-implement approaches that will yield immediate positive results and set your organization on a better course.

The Heart of Care – The Dignity of Care: A Guide to Person-centred Compassionate Elder Care by Amanda Waring

Partnerships in Family Care: Understanding the caregiving career by Mike Nolan, Ulla Lundh, Gordon Grant and John Keady

Dependence and Autonomy in Old Age – An ethical framework for long-term care by George J. Agich


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