ON-DEMAND: Webinar #1: The Big Picture

Tuesday, September 10, 2013
ON-DEMAND: Webinar #1: The Big Picture
Tuesday, September 10, 2013


This live webinar event took place on Tuesday, September 10, 2013. 

In spite of growing awareness of the lower benefits and higher risks of antipsychotic drug use in people living with dementia, we cannot successfully reduce these medications until we find more effective approaches to care. According to Dr. Al Power, award-winning author of Dementia Beyond Drugs, the true key to sustained success is enhancing well-being.  In this 6-part webinar series, Dr. Power will describe how the Eden Alternative Domains of Well-Being provide a powerful framework for caring for people who live with dementia.  This new approach offers successful outcomes, where others, including other person-directed approaches, have fallen short.

In this first webinar, Dr. Power highlights the drawbacks of the traditional “biomedical” view of dementia and shows how it not only fails to address people’s needs, but can actually worsen their situation. He will outline the seven Eden Alternative Domains of Well-Being™ and explain how they provide an important key to understanding how to meet the needs of those living with different cognitive abilities. Dr. Power will also explain why “non-pharmacological interventions,” as they are commonly applied, are often unsuccessful, and why successful medication reduction can be sustained through well-being.

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G. Allen Power, MD is a board certified internist and geriatrician, and is a Fellow of the American College of Physicians/ American Society for Internal Medicine.

He is a Certified Eden Alternative® Educator and a member of the Eden Alternative board of directors. He has lectured on dementia and other elder care topics throughout the US and Canada, the UK, Denmark, Singapore and Malta.

Dr. Power’s book, Dementia Beyond Drugs: Changing the Culture of Care was released by Health Professions Press in February 2010. It won a 2010 Book of the Year Award from the American Journal of Nursing, and a Merit Award from the 2011 National Mature Media Awards. He was awarded a Bellagio Residency in Italy for April 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.

 

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