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Dementia Beyond Disease: Enhancing Well-Being Revised Edition

by G Allen Power Health Professions Press
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Pbk 328 pages
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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.


    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



“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 a board-certified internist and geriatrician and 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 25 years, the last 18 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. He also serves on the board of directors of the Eden Alternative, Inc. His regular contributions to the blog of Dr. William Thomas, founder of the Eden Alternative, can be found at 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 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, â??If You Don't Mind,â? was performed by Peter, Paul and Mary, and Walter Cronkite used his song â??I'll Love You Foreverâ? in a 1995 Discovery Channel documentary on American families.