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What is the Eden Alternative?
Why do I want this for my family member?
Principle One:Loneliness, helplessness, and boredom are painful and destructive to our health and well-being.Principle Two: A caring, inclusive and vibrant community enables all of us, regardless of age or ability, to experience well-being.Principle Three: We thrive when we have easy access to the companionship we desire. This is the antidote to loneliness.Principle Four: We thrive when we have purpose and the opportunity to give, as well as receive. This is the antidote to helplessness.Principle Five: We thrive when we have variety, spontaneity, and unexpected happenings in our lives. This is the antidote to boredom.Principle Six: Meaningless activity corrodes the human spirit. Meaning is unique to each of us and is essential to health and well-being.Principle Seven: We are more than our medical diagnoses. Medical treatment should support and empower us to experience a life worth living.Principle Eight:Decision-making must involve those most impacted by the decision. Empowerment activates choice, autonomy, and influence.Principle Nine:Building a collaborative and resilient culture is a never-ending process. We need to keep learning, developing, and adapting.Principle Ten:Wise leadership is the key to meaningful and lasting change. For it, there can be no substitute.
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