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  • Paperback: 264 pages
  • Publisher: Health Professions Pr; 1 edition (February 28, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 193252956X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1932529562
  • Product Dimensions: 8.9 x 6 x 0.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (25 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #111,891 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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2010 Book of the Year Awardee "...this is a book of hope and humor, and most of all a call to challenge the traditional biomedical model that medicates first rather than seeking alternatives." --American Journal of Nursing, January 2011

"This is one of the most original works of geriatrics in a long time. It deserves a wide readership and much discussion." --D. O. Staats, MD, Doody's Book Review Service, Oct. 2010

This is one of the most original works of geriatrics in a long time. It deserves a wide readership and much discussion." --D. O. Staats, MD, Doody's Book Review Service, Oct. 2010

2010 Book of the Year Awardee "...this is a book of hope and humor, and most of all a call to challenge the traditional biomedical model that medicates first rather than seeking alternatives." --American Journal of Nursing, January 2011

"This is one of the most original works of geriatrics in a long time. It deserves a wide readership and much discussion." --D. O. Staats, MD, Doody's Book Review Service, Oct. 2010

Dementia Beyond Drugs has just stripped you of your last excuse for not understanding what it takes to bring about real culture change within residential care settings while at the same time reducing the administration of psychotropic drugs...If you want to implement the information that Al suggests, you can be the person you've always wanted to be when assisting others living with dementia. He's one of the best guides out there on the pathway to understanding care that treats individuals with dementia with the personal attention, respect, and dignity they deserve. --Carol Ende, Executive Director, Eden Alternative

Allen Power is my kind of physician - one who understands the research and who has a big heart. Drawing on years of experience, he presents a compelling case for eliminating the vast majority of antipsychotic medications used to treat unpleasant symptoms of dementia. Family members and caregivers will embrace his compassionate, relationship-based approach. Dementia Beyond Drugs should be required reading for every long-term care provider. --Beth Baker, Journalist and Author of Old Age in a New Age - The Promise of Transformative Nursing Homes

This extremely important book directs our attention to the virtue and value of engaging individuals with dementia as people rather than as cases to be managed with drugs. Dr. Power's deep appreciation of how a humane environment can help persons with dementia to flourish rather than to wither should be required reading for all involved with residential care. --Steven R. Sabat, PhD, Georgetown University

This book is groundbreaking, courageous, and awesome, representing a new milestone in dementia care. Dr. G. Allen Power dares to challenge the current paradigm and urges readers to walk the walk of culture change, creating a better world for people with dementia. This thoroughly researched, practical, deeply compassionate book, is a must for all working in the field of dementia. --Hilary Lee, MSc, OTR, Chair, The Society for the Arts in Dementia Care (Australia), Inc.

Dementia Beyond Drugs: Changing the Culture of Care is a totally engaging book that clearly illustrates the restorative effects of humane care in combination with advances in modern medicine. Dr. Al Power makes a compelling case for deep system change, where knowing the person is paramount in our approach to compassionate elder care. --Rose Marie Fagan, Co-Founder, Pioneer Network

Al Power has authored a book that fills an enormous gap in our understanding of how we, as individual caregivers and as a society, can improve the care for those with dementia. Written with his characteristic directness, warmth, and compassion, these pages are filled with new insights and clues as to how to avoid dangerous drug therapy and restore dignity and comfort to these individuals. This book will be a landmark in geriatrics and has something of value to family caregivers and seasoned --Nancy A. Fox, Chief Life Enhancement Officer, Pinon Management

Al Power has authored a book that fills an enormous gap in our understanding of how we, as individual caregivers and as a society, can improve the care for those with dementia. Written with his characteristic directness, warmth, and compassion, these pages are filled with new insights and clues as to how to avoid dangerous drug therapy and restore dignity and comfort to these individuals. This book will be a landmark in geriatrics and has something of value to family caregivers and seasoned physicians as well. --William J. Hall, MD, Paul Fine Professor of Medicine, Director, Center for Healthy Aging, University of Rochester School of Medicine, Rochester, NY

Using story after powerful story to reveal the shortcomings of a biomedical approach to care, Dr. Power has helped us open our eyes to a new way of viewing those living with dementia. We have created worlds where our elders with dementia do not want to be, then medicated them to keep them there. Dr. Power's 'Experiential Model'...challenges care providers to not only open their eyes, but to also see the beauty and potential of the human spirit that remains. Our elders living with dementia are our greatest teachers and Dr. Power has been an exceptional student. He has learned their lessons well and, in this important book, now shares them with us. I hope we are ready and willing to learn. --Nancy A. Fox, Chief Life Enhancement Officer, Pinon Management

About the Author

G. Allen Power, M.D., is a board-certified internist and geriatrician and Clinical Associate Professor of Medicine at the University of Rochester, New York. He is also a Fellow of the American College of Physicians American Society of Internal Medicine. Dr. Power has practiced medicine for 27 years, the last 20 of which have been in long-term care and rehabilitation.

As a Certified Eden Alternative Educator, Dr. Power serves as an Eden Mentor at St. John s Home in Rochester, New York, where he has worked since 2000.

Dr. Power has lectured on geriatric and culture change topics both nationally and internationally. He has been interviewed for print and broadcast media including BBC Television, The Washington Post, The Singapore Straits Times, The Wall Street Journal, and WHYY radio among many others. Dr. Power is also quoted in the book Old Age in a New Age: The Promise of Transformative Nursing Homes by Beth Baker (2007, Vanderbilt University Press).

An accomplished musician and songwriter, Dr. Power s music has been performed on three continents. His song of elder autonomy, If You Don t Mind, was performed by Peter, Paul and Mary, and Walter Cronkite used his song I ll Love You Forever in a 1995 Discovery Channel documentary on American families.

Find more at alpower.net and allenpower.wordpress.com.

More About the Author

G. Allen Power, MD is a board certified internist and geriatrician, clinical associate professor of medicine at the University of Rochester, and a Fellow of the American College of Physicians / American Society for Internal Medicine. Dr. Power is a Certified Eden Alternative® Educator, a member of the Eden Alternative board of directors, and an international educator on transformational models of care for older adults, particularly those living with changing cognitive abilities.
Dr. Power's book, "Dementia Beyond Drugs: Changing the Culture of Care" won a 2010 Book of the Year Award from the American Journal of Nursing, a Merit Award from the 2011 National Mature Media Awards, and was listed as a "must-have" title in Doody's Core Titles list for 2013. He has co-produced two DVDs with Dr. Richard Taylor and Brilliant Image Productions: "Living with Dementia" and "20 Questions, 100 Answers, 6 Perspectives" (www.bestdementiavideosandbooks.com). Dr. Power was named one of 2013's "Five Leaders of Tomorrow" by Long-Term Living Magazine.
Dr. Power has been named to the Scientific Program Committee for Alzheimer's Disease International 2015, to be held in Perth, Western Australia. He was interviewed for the film "Alive Inside", winner of the Audience Award for Best U.S. Documentary at the 2014 Sundance Film Festival. His 2-day Eden course, "Dementia Beyond Drugs" has been taught in nine states and five other countries.
Dr. Power was awarded a Bellagio Residency in Italy in 2012 by the Rockefeller Foundation, where he worked with Dr. Emi Kiyota on developing guidelines for sustainable communities that embrace people of all ages and abilities. He is a consultant for Dr. Kiyota's non-profit organization Ibasho, a member of the Leadership Council for the Dementia Action Alliance, and serves in an advisory capacity for the Music and Memory project, Dementia Care Australia, and the South Africa Care Forum.
Dr. Power recorded introductory material for the new CMS educational package, "Hand in Hand", designed to help hands-on staff better care for people living with dementia. He has served in an advisory capacity with CMS and worked with the National Dementia Initiative to produce a white paper on new approaches to dementia for the U.S. Senate Special Committee on Aging.
Dr. Power is a featured contributor to Eden Founder Dr. Bill Thomas' weblog at www.changingaging.org. He has been interviewed by BBC Television, The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Los Angeles Times, The Wall Street Journal, The New Yorker, Singapore's Straits Times, WHYY radio, WXXI radio, many other publications and radio shows, and for the book "Old Age in a New Age: The Promise of Transformative Nursing Homes," by Beth Baker.
Dr. Power is also a trained musician and songwriter with three recordings, including "Life Worth Living: A Celebration of Elders and Those Who Care for Them." His songs have been recorded by several artists and performed on three continents. Peter, Paul and Mary performed his song of elder autonomy, "If You Don't Mind", and Walter Cronkite used his song, "I'll Love You Forever" in a 1995 Discovery Channel profile of American families.
Dr. Power's new book, Dementia Beyond Disease: Enhancing Well-Being is scheduled for release in summer 2014 by Health Professions Press.
Contact: DrAlPower@gmail.com, www.alpower.net. For schedule of engagements, visit: http://www.alpower.net/gallenpower_schedule.htm

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This book is well written and easy to read and relate to.
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This book was recommended by the director of a long term care facility.
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I highly recommend it to anyone involved in dementia care.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By 7451 on January 26, 2011
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Where was this book when I needed it? My father recently died in a nursing home. He was zonked out with Haldol within the first few days, losing his ability to speak and function. I see this as a deprivation of his humanity. I hope this book reaches the people who are in charge of our parents and grandparents and that it convinces them that patient management doesn't come in pill form.
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17 of 19 people found the following review helpful By DoJo.Johnson on March 11, 2010
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This book covers a lot of ground by incorporating best practices from the most relevant literature written on this subject, along with an incredibly deep and thoughtful insight. The author's story telling and writing skills are a really nice bonus - the text is easy to read and full of helpful suggestions for anyone interested in learning about dementia.
Unlike any other book on this subject, this one offers a lot of hope as it emphasizes the many opportunities that lie inherent in the disease - a very novel approach to looking at this issue.
I expect that this book will quickly become the "bible" for institutional and family caregivers alike.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Juliet Holt on September 7, 2010
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Dementia Beyond Drugs is without a doubt the most important book to be written on the care of individuals with dementia in many years. Dr. Power takes the reader on a journey that is sorely needed for many in this field. He challenges us to think differently about dementia as an illness, and more importantly, to regard the person LIVING with dementia in a whole new way. As a gerontologist and long term care professional who considered herself very far down the culture change path, I found many new ideas and much inspiration from this book. I know this book will change the way I shape dementia care in my work for years to come. I couldn't put it down.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Rochester reader on July 2, 2010
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This is a wonderfully readable book that caused me to rethink my attitudes toward dementia and nursing home care. Having recently lost my father after his precipitous decline from several strokes, I had assumed that the excellent home he lived in could have done nothing different. However, I now realize that even the best homes (and the most loving families) need to evaluate their approaches, moving from caregiving to care partnering. I'm changing my thinking about how to better communicate with and care for my 87-year-old mother.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Sharon on November 3, 2012
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This book makes so much sense. I have been in long term care for over 20 yrs, The home I am working in now is Eden in construction. We are working hard to get it right and this book is such an inspiration for me, I find myself not just reading it but going back to study it. I am constantly going back to relate something happening in our home to compare how it was in the book, possibly to help offer a possible solution to a challenge. Our Manager was fortunate enough to hear Mr. Power speak. I do hope I will be as fortunate. The Man and the book are absolutely brilliant. I would highly recommend it for anyone that is close to someone with dementia or even curious about the subject.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By CSM on October 1, 2012
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Excellent resource for understanding dementia and the real needs of the person. We used it as a book club discussion at our dementia facility as we work diligently to dramatically reduce the use of antipsychotic medications.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Ann on February 23, 2011
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Very informative book. The average person can understand it and learn from it. Helpful for the care giver of a person who is showing signs of dementia.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By L. E. Day on December 10, 2010
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With an artist's attuned sensitivity to the importance of story-telling as lesson, Dr. Power takes his reader on a deliberate journey to a real place where those experiencing dementia and those Care Partners in relationship can be celebrated as souls & spirits fully engaged. His refreshing perspective is both highly personal and professional, and he blends these voices seamlessly. One feels this landmark book marks the beginning of a new way taken in the field. With this book we may conclude, rightly so, that medicine and studied, experiential learning, coupled with the careful deliberations of love, truly can be the better way.
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