Full Life shares resources that may be of interest to you:

A blog that shares Full Life's perspective so closely, by colleague Laura Bowley of Mindset Centre for Living with Dementia in Canada:

Why I'm not afraid of Alzheimer's and What I'm Really Afraid of...


A story in the New York Times' Live Well:

Does Exercise Slow the Aging Process?

An editorial in the New York Times:

Helping Patients and Doctors Talk about Death



From The New Old Age: Paula Span's Columns from the NYT Health

Justice Department Takes dowm Barriers in Retirement Homes


Lessons on End of Life


On Medicare ... Lung Cancer Screening


The Tangle of Coordinated Health Care


Nursing Homes ... Focus of Basic Health Care


Learning to Say No to Dialysis


A Surgery Standard Under Fire


The Trouble with Advance Directives

The New York Times is not running The New Old Age any longer, and you can follow her on the Paula.Span Facebook page.






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Full Life Programs

Full Life restores richness and meaning that can be lost as independence wanes.  Vibrant relationships provide a foundation that celebrates the wisdom, perspectives, and choice-making of elders.

As a partner with Eden Alternative Care, Full Life consults to transform traditional Long Term Care (LTC) into a win-win-win world where individuals, families, caregivers, and administration all benefit from lifestyles based in deep understanding across care partners.

We also engage with individuals, families, and Long Term Care organizations to plan for a peaceful, comfortable passage from the mortal frame.


What's up now?

Full Life began an affiliation with Eden Alternative Care early in 2015, including an Eden At Home Associate week-long training.  Finding Eden, and Green Houses, and Al Powers was a 'coming home' to others who shared the vision of paradigm shift, yet better than that because they have a team, process, and structure in place. Early in 2016 certification as an Eden Educator allows Full Life to officially share Eden's wisdom and vision. Likely this will begin with local free talks and outreach through Linked In and Facebook.

Consultations have been successful in spreading the work lately, and they continue. Usually one to four meetings is sufficient to bring about the desired transformation of family or lifestyle dynamics. 

Another consulting form is evolving, including meeting with individuals with dementia or possibly just as elders, and their families when appropriate, to design their life endings. With specific requests and legal backing, they will not be traumatized by ambulances, hospitals, and drugs and the individuals and loved ones can experience a process embraced with intention and in attention.  The Zen Hospice Center came to our attention near the same time, and it has been a source of inspiration and learning.

"Co-incidentally" there is a perfect home that will be up for sale in Redmond Oregon. It would be amazing for this lovely, custom designed home to utilize the Full Life / Eden principles and integrate the philosophy of Zen Hospice.

Full Life seeks partners in this work to make it possible financially and practically.  This prototype can be the first of many for Full Life, sourcing the development of expectations and credentials for a Full Life Programs Senior Foster Care certification that families can rely on to assure the standard of care for coming decades of increasing need for affordable care.

In the meantime, we are reaching out to provide consultations locally in the Willamette Valley in Oregon, but consultations over

We encourage you to partner with us on Linked In where posts are on their way beginning in January to begin sharing Full Life's perspectives.

History of Full Life

As President of Full Life, Anna's first outreach was as a demonstration of what works: 

First she held weekly discussion groups with people living in long term care -- groups that discussed what mattered to them, their wisdom, experience, inspirations, and interpretations, depending on the stimulus in the weekly presentation from Anna.  In this context, participants grew as individuals and as a group.  They proceeded unprompted from tentative community to dedicated listeners and sharers, and with time and experience moved into increasing trust, strong mutual respect and listening, and into confident self-realization and even eventually transcendence.* Interpersonal skills and communication reached levels not seen in 'healthy' adult groups.


      These elders enjoying conversation remind us of our participants in Full Expressions discussion groups.

A next demonstration was the value of listening, communicating, and be-ing, one-to-one with individuals in elder wisdom as well as with their loved ones and families. She called this Companion Care and Full Life Coaching.  Walking, eating, sitting and conversing, all continue to be avenues for developing mutual understanding and communication where what holds meaning for the individuals can be passed back and forth. In this context the elders express their inspiration and wisdom: they bring a piece of what we continue to experience as their mystical relation to life, be-ing, reality ... to the table of the relationship, to add their contribution of brilliance and wisdom.  This sheds light every time it is given attention.  It comes in looks, words, expressions, body language:  short, extended, always profound.

These are examples of how relationship - here, now, in the 21st century - creates the space for elders to take back their place as the wise people to whom the community can turn ...  where the connection that elders have with their history and experience, with the world beyond, or with the very moment can shine that light here with those in their lives with less experience.


Now Anna is turning to the true purpose of this work:  to serve as a facilitator for long term care residences to move to practices that support the healthiest, most community-enriching models where the elders are fully known and heard, where caregivers are able to be close and deeply know the persons they support, where the residents become partners in the mutually caring, knowing, and giving community.

This type of community creates win-s across stakeholders:  better health, more caregiver stability and satisfaction, higher regulation compliance, higher satisfaction by families, and most important happier elders. Anna has studied with Eden Alternative Care where she was so happy to found another organization with such a close set of values, and with long term experience, national recognition, and success. She will become an Eden Educator to most expertly share the model with organizations ready to become even more exemplary.  She will facilitate the organization's growth and development as it alleviates the three plagues of loneliness, helplessness and boredom from their elders lives.

Like governance models that are moving from hierarchy to holacracy, these models of long term care gain efficiency and health as they shift the focus from top-down, to bottom up.  The residents are fully known to their care partners, and they contribute.

Those relationships are the soil from which a real community can grows.  Here regulations are met naturally, through consistent staffing and the ability for an employee to be able to tell when something is 'off' with a resident, and systems protect well being because they are based in teams working in ease and mutuality to support those in their care.


Full Life is reaching out to long term care organizations to work with Full Life in a pilot study to demonstrate how this will serve their care community.

 *Mazlow showed wisdom with his perspectives on personal development, which have been revised and continue to be used in different forms.

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Once persons are diagnosed with dementia or they experience a shift in abilities, expectations and opportunities in their environments may change, making rich communication less accessible. Full Life is here to strengthen relationships and organizations, to maximize the well being of all.

With individuals and groups, Full Life stimulates the reactivation of participants' personal and collective evolutionary process.  

We believe that new perspectives toward the capacities that remain will increase opportunity for the wisdom of elders to shine and stimulate the development of integrative opportunities that add to all communities. For an example of the personal and interpersonal development we've experienced in our groups, visit our Case Study Research / Maslow Hierarchy page.

Our services page explains ways Full Life can make a difference for you and your loved ones. 

You may also follow these links to our Vision and Testimonial pages for more insight into Full Life Programs.




Quality of life, richness of interaction, health of living communities and relationships all are essential in Full Life's vision. Such standards should be available to persons of all levels of income and support need. Therefore, Full Life Programs is a 501c3 organization.

Please phone 541-221-6962 and leave your contact information so we can provide you with more details.  Your donation will make a meaningful contribution to carrying this work forward.


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