May 18, 2015

Dr. Allen Power: Positioning and Unmet Needs in Dementia - ADI 2015

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

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.

Here are some of the questions:
  • Are all dementia the same?
  • How do care partners approach a person with dementia in relation to types of dementia?
  • We have heard these words; caregiver and care partner. What do they mean?
  • What role should you take in planning treatment?
  • Why do people resist accepting a diagnosis?
  • What is the importance for accepting dementia diagnosis?
  • How can someone living with dementia have a sense of purpose?
  • How can care partners minimize stress?

Dementia beyond disease : enhancing well-being
Focusing on seven essential domains of well-being,- 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.
See how current care practices chronically erode individual well-being and then discover more dignified and strengths-based alternatives that build it up.

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.

Living with dementia DVD
 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

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