May 21, 2014

DVD review of 20 questions 100 answers 6 perspectives


Good ideas & perspectives from people with a positive approach to living with dementia

Review by Angie

I borrowed this DVD - I really wanted to see it because I knew several of the speakers are leaders with cutting edge ideas and perspectives on how diagnosed person and caregiver can continue to live joyful, purposeful life in spite of the disease.

 Richard Taylor is well known as a diagnosed person who is a writer and speaker about how it feels to have Alzheimer’s and how people with dementia want to be treated.

 Allen Powers (Dementia beyond drugs : changing the culture of care) and Bill Thomas are doctors and leaders in field of creating care facilities that provide happy, purposeful, engaging environments, by training staff and counselling family caregivers. Judy Berry opened two care facilities of her own after seeing the untrained care her mother received and the devastating effect it had on her mother's daily life - her facilities are models for true person centred care for people with dementia, and use care approaches which nearly eliminate the use of sedating drugs by understanding the needs of residents judged aggressive by other less educated care facilities. These were the four speakers whose work I am familiar with.
"I think it's a great resource, giving people a realistic AND HOPEFUL look at what lies ahead - not the usual gloom and doom which drags so many diagnosed people and their caregivers down. It's a 2 dvd set - two hours of interviews organized well."

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