For those of you who may not be familiar with Dr. Bill Thomas, I’d like to introduce you to the closest thing to a full-fledged rock star in our industry. Dr. Thomas is a Harvard-trained physician, musician, author, founder of Eden Alternative & Greenhouse Project and a pioneering GAME CHANGER for all things aging.
In December I attended an amazing 2-day workshop hosted by Dr. Eben Alexander, neurosurgeon, and New York Times bestselling author, and his colleague Karen Newell, co-founder of Sacred Acoustics. At this workshop, Dr. Alexander discussed his 2008 near death experience (NDE) that led him to authoring the NY Times bestselling book Proof of Heaven.
In the Beginning
When I first started out as a Lifestyle Director I was beyond excited and completely terrified. My community was still under construction, and I had the awesome opportunity to build an enrichment and lifestyle program (a culture really) from the ground up. This is often an advantage, but for someone new to the industry, I had little precedent or reference to rely on.
Naturally, in the beginning, I second guessed myself and had my doubts. What did I know about seniors and their interests and abilities anyways!?