Sherburne, NY: Eden Alternative Foundation, . Illustrated. First Edition, first printing. Signed presentation by Thomas on the title page: “To the Edgewood Center, We are so glad that you came to hear us and hope that you stay in touch. William H. Thomas.” Dr. Thomas is an author, performer and international authority on geriatric medicine and eldercare from New York State. Thomas and his wife developed the Eden Alternative in the early 1990s as a philosophy to deinstitutionalize long-term care facilities by alleviating the "three plagues" of boredom, helplessness, and loneliness. The Eden Alternative put forward a critique of the status quo in long-term care and offered a creative way to “change the culture” of nursing homes by bringing growth and laughter into the lives of elders. The philosophy called for fundamental changes in the relationship between staff and management and introduced pets, gardens and children to nursing homes. Thomas founded the Eden Alternative non-profit organization in 1994. An uncommon book, especially with a nice signed presentation. 8vo., pictorial wraps; 192 pages. Item #57432
Very Good (minor wear covers; contents clean & tight).