University of Southern Indiana

Bill Thomas, MD

Bill Thomas PhotoDr. Bill Thomas is an author, entrepreneur, musician, teacher, farmer and physician whose wide-ranging work explores the terrain of human aging. Best known for his health care system innovations, he is the founder of a global non-profit The Eden Alternative®, which works to improve the care provided to older people. He is the creator of The Green House® which Provider Magazine has called the "pinnacle of culture change.” Dr. Thomas has recently developed a new form of housing called the Minka, which are homes exquisitely designed to foster independence and well-being.

From a sociological perspective, Dr. Thomas promotes the “rise of elderhood” and recognizes the value of this important life stage for individuals and society. In all of his work, Dr. Thomas asks the question “What do people really want?” in their care, in their living environment and in life.

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