Green House Project founder Dr. Bill Thomas to speak at The Erickson School November 9

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Dr. Bill Thomas, an international authority on later life and eldercare, will deliver a talk, “What Are Old People For?” at The Erickson School at UMBC on Thursday, November 9 at 7 p.m. Thomas has been long recognized as an innovator in formulating approaches to long-term care. Thomas has brought plants, dogs, cats, and birds into nursing home facilities to share with patients. This unique approach, known as the Eden Alternative, shifted attention toward enhancing the emotional well-being of residents. Thomas is focused now on a new endeavor, the Green House Project. With a five-year, $10 million grant from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, he is developing a plan to replace more than 100 nursing homes in the United States with groups of smaller homes. Each will house eight to ten residents in private rooms. The grant will result in the creation of Green House projects in all 50 states. The lecture will take place on the 7th floor of the Albin O. Kuhn Library. To RSVP, please contact The Erickson School toll-free at 877-853-0439 or e-mail Kristanna Jones at [email protected].

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