Two key books to read this month if you want to THRIVE in the senior care and housing industry
In 2002 when I started my education in the senior care and housing industry, I was blessed to be introduced to some wonderful thought leaders. Early on, I started to hear the name Dr. Bill Thomas. Through his personal connection to a nursing home in 1991, he dedicated himself to ensuring that people see the world through the eyes of human connectivity, human purpose, and the power of combining these two in a positive way for the benefit of elders.
His book “What are old People For?” published in 2004 is a comprehensive read that brings forward the strength of elders through their adaptation while presenting the idea of Eldertopia. You can even find this book by clicking here to go to our Choice Selection area of this blog. For less than $20, you can engage in the mind of the founder of the “Green House” nursing home experience. To gain perspective, do you want to receive care in a highly medical environment or one where people ask your opinion as a resident, engage your senses each day through food preparation in front of you, and seek to elevate your purpose each day? This is the choice Dr. Thomas offers. Read even more at his site ChangingAging.org.
Then in 2008, Dan Buettner working with teams from National Geographic introduced “The Blue Zones: Lessons for Living Longer From the People Who’ve Lived the Longest.” This book is filled with practical feedback on how to infuse some life quality and longevity lessons into each of our lives. Shared with staff, residents, and family members alike, transformative living can start taking place. Each action throughout the day starts to have more meaning and intention. He then followed this book up with a focus on exploring the keys to happiness in “Thrive.” A visit to BlueZones.com is worth it today. Both books can be found in our Choice Selection area.
What books are inspirational for you when it comes to the world of senior care and housing?