Monica Ann Eastway, M.S.
Ever have to decide to place a loved one into a skilled/assisted or memory care facility?
I have—one of the most stressful and traumatizing experiences of my life.
And I have worked as a professional in the corporate senior-living industry.
What I have learned from personal, professional, and educational experience is:
Our systems of care are long overdue for a complete revolution.
I often wish I knew then what I know now, and I have experienced extreme guilt that I was unable to ensure Tess (my great-grandmother and best friend) could stay in her community and die in the comfort of her beloved home, or at least a home with her dog and plenty of green space.
This guilt has fueled my passion for innovating new models of care and helping others ensure their loved ones can age in a home of choice.
In green care, a supportive environment provides individuals with access to Nature, connection, equal opportunities to develop skills and competence, collaboration with a shared purpose, increased physical activity, capacity to maintain societal contributions, and leave a positive eco legacy.
The natural environment contributes to active and optimal aging in the community.
Natural environments can significantly enhance our ability to enjoy harmonious longevity.
My innovative work utilizes the Ecology Theory of Aging, a solid framework for understanding person-environment fit and exchange that influences physical mobility, cognitive decline, and sensory loss.
Our ability to age optimally is directly associated with our social and physical environments including housing and community characteristics. Our relationship with Nature is brightened when we value the biodiversity of our landscapes.
As a meaningful engagement professional, I have extensive experience engaging people living with dementia. I am the founder of Rockin' Wrinkles!, a musical movement program for vibrant aging. I provided over 600 in-person sessions, and I can assure you, the music never dies.
While working 1:1 with clients living with dementia, I became aware of the positive effect of being outdoors and the moments admiring and engaging with Nature had on my clients.
There are over three decades of evidence-based research showcasing the numerous benefits of green care for not only people living with dementia; green care benefits all participants!
I develop easy-to-digest and Fun educational programming optimizing the lives of those I serve.
I am wholly committed to co-creating green/farm care models of living and programming for all ages and those living with dementia at a Dementia Green Care Farm.
ECO Generation Park: A New Model of Living and Care
ECO-Focused, Elder-Centered, Intergenerational, and Resident Sustained
Master of Science in Gerontology, University of Indianapolis
Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and Philosophy, University of Toledo
Certified End-of-Life Doula, University of Vermont
Licensed Massage Therapist, Ohio State Medical Board
Emotional Intelligent Leadership Certificate, Weatherhead School of Management