April 28, 2015

Dr. Allen Power: Positioning and Unmet Needs in Dementia

If you saw Dr Power at the  ADI 2015 conference in Perth Enhancing Well-Being: How Do We Get There?  Or if you didn’t go to the conference and missed his presentation check out these resources - we have   DVDs   featuring him and books by him:

 Dementia beyond drugs - changing the culture of care

Embracing humanistic, enlightened practices that address all the common challenges in dementia care, this book describes culture change within residential care settings while reducing the administration of psychotropic drugs.
Introduction : what it isn't, what it is
The universe of dementia : and what lies beyond
The pill paradigm : a critical look at medication use
""I have a feeling we're not in Kansas anymore"" : experiencing the institutional model
""Abandon hope"" : a deeper look at institutionalization
""Other eyes"" : introducing the experiential model
Putting the dragon to sleep : deinstitutionalizing care environments
Bingo and bird funerals : meaning and activity in daily life
Death of the nursing home? : aging in community
Face to face : basic interpersonal approaches
Getting past the words : language and communication
""I know you're my friend"" : general advice for anxiety and agitation
""I want to go home"" : approaches to specific scenarios
""They're poisoning the food"" : nondrug approaches to paranoia, hallucinations and delusions
""How low can you go?"" : can we achieve drug-free care?

Dementia beyond disease - enhancing well-being
Focusing on seven essential domains of well-being, G. Allen Power, M.D., a board-certified geriatrician, challenges readers to evaluate their attitudes, expectations, and approaches and to embrace new ways of thinking that will lead to better solutions to problems encountered in all types of care settings. Learn how to overturn the prevailing disease-based care practices by emphasizing well-being and the many ways it can be enhanced in people with dementia. See how current care practices chronically erode individual well-being and then discover more dignified and strengths-based alternatives that build it up.
Inspiring and highly readable, this book boldly confronts widely accepted dementia care practices and presents approaches that promise a new and hopeful vision for achieving the best possible outcomes for every person touched by this debilitating disease. From the internationally acclaimed author of the ground breaking and award-winning book Dementia Beyond Drugs, comes another eye-opening exploration of how to improve the lives of people with dementia and those who care for them.

20 questions 100 answers 6 perspectives DVD
The topics include:
•Maintaining a respect for the personhood of each person
•Ways to help persons with dementia to continue to live purposefully
•Recognizing differences in forms of dementia
•Medications and behavioral concerns
•End-of-life care
Everyone will be informed, encouraged, and challenged by these well-rounded insights.
Hosted by journalist Julie Anderson, this program features Judy Berry, Mona Johnson, G. Allen Power, MD, Richard Taylor, PhD, Sarah Rowan, PhD, and Bill Thomas, MD.

Living With Dementia DVD

In the first of three parts, Dr. Power makes the case for a paradigm shift needed in the established model of institutional long-term care. Viewers see documented evidence of the negative outcomes that result from traditional care, including the dangerous practice of “medicating away” the predictably negative reactions that emerge in response to standard care practices and attitudes. In describing a new vision of care, Dr. Power describes how to:

·     Redefine the disease to better understand those experiencing it

·     Stop making people with dementia look and act like we do

·     Recast “problem behaviors” as mechanisms for coping and communicating

·     Find new ways to make normal life experiences accessible to people with dementia

·     Create more opportunities for people to feel connected and find meaning day to day

·     Decrease suffering and increase satisfaction using a new "experiential" model of dementia care

These resources are available for loan to members of AANSW - if you would like to reserve them please email the Library on nsw.library@alzheimers.org.au

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