Happy Valentine's Day!
Valentine's Day is a festival of love and many people give cards, letters, flowers or presents to those that hold a special place in their hearts.  Here's hoping you enjoy this day with the special people in your lives! 

Below is a special Valentine's note from Minna Rae Friedman.  Her husband lives in a Green House home at the Capt. James A. Lovell Federal Health Care Center in North Chicago, Illinois.  While the note is written to express how grateful she is...we think you'll agree there is much love written here "between the lines"!

My husband, Stanley Friedman, has been a resident of the Green House home for over one and a half years.    He is a 94 ½ year old WWII veteran.  This facility has been a godsend to us both.  It is a pleasure to visit and see the care he receives and his surroundings.  Friends who visit, want to move in.


When I have had health situations needing care, I am comfortable knowing he is being cared for.   


In a blog post earlier this month, Executive Director Nora Super began to outline the goals and events that will occur as a part of the 2015 White House Conference on Aging (WHCOA). The WHCOA happens only once every decade, so you don't want to miss this opportunity to have your voice heard! 


The regional forums, announced this month, will provide a venue for the public to discuss issues in the aging field that are most important to them including:   

The 7th Annual Green House Meeting and Celebration provided not just the opportunity to grow and learn from each other but also to draw on the wisdom of leaders in other fields. Our conference was held in Memphis, TN-the home office of FedEx and we were honored to hear the inspirational words from Rose Flenorl, Manager of Global Citizenship. Green House adopters with impressed with her message about leadership and change. 
In her speech, Rose built upon the theme of the conference, "Leading with Heart and Soul." She reflected on the founder and CEO of Fed Ex, Frederick W. Smith, and how he was leading with his heart and soul when he fought against the naysayers, all the critics who called him crazy, to start a little airline, then called "Federal Express." 


My work often brings to mind my good friend and mentor, Nancy Fox. Nancy is Chief Life Enhancement Officer for Vivage in Colorado, was the first Executive Director of The Eden Alternative, and has many years' experience as an administrator and an educator. The lessons she has taught me pop into my head on many occasions.


In 2007, Nancy wrote a book called Journey of a Lifetime: Leadership Pathways to Culture Change in Long-Term Care.  The book lists ten important principles for enlightened leadership, illustrated by stories of good and not-so-good experiences she has had, and lessons learned. One of these is called "Expect the Best," a principle that is ignored with alarming regularity in long-term care, on both the provider and the regulator sides.


Forget memory - try imagination!  That's exactly what TimeSlips is asking of people living with dementia. According to TmeSlips.org "The open, poetic language of improvisational storytelling invites people with memory loss to express themselves and connect with others."  With TimeSlips, people living with dementia are invited to be creatively engage with others by telling stories about pictures that inspire the imagination.


The result? Improved communication, mood and affect among people with dementia.

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If you've ever had the chance to tour or attend a Green House workshop at the Leonard Florence Center for Living (LFCL)-you undoubtedly walked away with a special appreciation for the meaningful life taking place in those ten homes. 
You may also have had the opportunity to meet Steve Saling, one person living in those homes and is often a tour guide for groups.  In fact, the home he lives
in carries his name, the Steve Saling ALS Residence, because he was such an inspirational part of how the technology in that home provides such independence for those living with Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis or ALS. 

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Published monthly to share information with providers, elders and others about THE GREEN HOUSE® Project, a new and innovative approach to long-term, skilled nursing care. To learn more, visit www.thegreenhouseproject.org