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A Human Habitat

  • By Susan K. Lewis
  • Posted 06.01.08
  • NOVA scienceNOW

Why do some elderly people appear to regain their memories and mental health when they move from conventional nursing homes into residences shaped by the "Eden Alternative" movement? The answer may lie in how these residences provide what the movement’s founder calls "a human habitat."

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The "Eden Alternative" movement suggests that eight things are critical for the elderly to maintain mental health.

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