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Dementia Beyond Disease: Enhancing Well-Being Revised Edition

by G Allen Power Health Professions Press
Pub Date:
10/2016
ISBN:
9781938870699
Format:
Pbk 328 pages
Price:
AU$73.00 NZ$76.52
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From the internationally acclaimed author of the groundbreaking 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. In this revised edition - including updated facts, studies, and terminology - Dr. G. Allen Power demonstrates how to achieve sustainable success in dementia care by changing the caregiving lens to focus on well-being and the ways in which it can be enhanced in people living with dementia.  


 


Revealing how drug-based interventions as well as completely holistic approaches consistently fall short of addressing and meeting the needs of people with dementia, this book offers a proactive approach - one that challenges widely accepted dementia care practices and provides a compelling new framework for developing more effective dementia services.  


 


Through in-depth examinations of seven domains of well-being, readers will discover how current care practices erode them, and the transformative approaches that can restore them.


 


Filled with true stories that demonstrate the power of a well-being approach to greatly improve the lives of people with dementia as well as those who care for them, this book presents methods that promise a new and hopeful vision for achieving the best possible outcomes for every person living with cognitive changes. Readers will be challenged, motivated, and profoundly inspired.

Foreword by Richard Taylor, Ph.D.


Preface




    1. A Brief History of the Experiential Model

    2. The What and Why of Well-Being

    3. Identity

    4. Connectedness

    5. Security

    6. Autonomy

    7. Meaning

    8. Growth

    9. Joy

    10. A Well-Being Approach

    11. Dementia and Aging in the 21st Century: Reframing (and Reclaiming) Hope




References


Index

“An outstanding feature of this book is giving opportunity to listen to the voices of people with dementia, whilst encouraging the reader to consider the proposed framework for well-being in terms of an approach to improving lives, rather than another set of interpretations.” — Reena Lasrado, The University of Manchester, School of Nursing, Midwifery and Social Work, Manchester, UK


“Al Power continues his provocative and pioneering work in dementia by taking us not only further beyond drugs, but beyond disease itself to well-being. We are led to a place where people with dementia are returned to being part of humanity (as if doctors had the right to exclude them and try to ‘normalize’ them through drugs) and where we even wonder whether we are all a bit demented. After all, so-called dementia-specific arts programs and dementia-friendly communities are likely to do good for all of us. And how are we as a species doing with managing even basic ADLs like hydration, food and waste, let alone our instrumental ones.”


—Peter Whitehouse, Professor of Neurology, Case Western Reserve Univ.
G. Allen Power, M.D. is an internationally recognized educator and specialist in caring for people with changing cognitive abilities. He is also the author of Dementia Beyond Drugs: Changing the Culture of Care. A board-certified internist and geriatrician in practice since 1984, he has dedicated most of his career to long-term care and rehabilitation.