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Evergreen Minds with Gerontologist Michelle Olson

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“We change the narrative around how we create living space for our older adults, why it’s crucial that we help them interact with nature, and how we use nature to ignite emotional and physiological benefits.”

Michelle Olson, PhD, LCAT, ATR-BC, Founder, and Executive Director, Evergreen Minds

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The Mavericks sit down with Dr. Michelle Olson to discuss her recently founded 501(c)(3) charitable organization called, Evergreen Minds, Inc. Evergreen Minds, Inc. offers people living with dementia opportunities for meaningful connections and pathways to physical, social and emotional well-being through mindful immersions in nature, expressive arts and intergenerational connections. In addition, Evergreen Minds also plans to conduct research on the efficacy of nature-based dementia care and provide training programs for eldercare organizations.

Watch this episode to learn:

  • What is Evergreen Minds?
  • How did it come about?
  • What action does Dr. Olson want for our audience to take in senior care?

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Mavericks of Senior Living is sponsored by Serenity Engage, Inc. and Assured Assisted Living. This episode was produced by Katherine Wells and Francis LeGasse.   You can subscribe to Mavericks for Senior Living on Apple Podcasts, Google Play or Stitcher. You can also find us on TwitterFacebook, or via email at ignitehope@mavericksofseniorliving.

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