From Al ‘s interview on his new book: Dementia Beyond Drugs: Changing the Culture of Care
Q: In what ways would you like to challenge your readers to change how they provide care?
A: This book challenges some of the most fundamental “truths” we have all been taught about dementia. The first major challenge is to re-frame our view of aging, and then our view of dementia.
These chapters are chock-full of paradigm shifts and challenges, from debunking most “hallucinations and delusions of dementia” to advocating the elimination of dementia-specific living environments as a civil rights issue.
Q: If you could send out one message to your reader, what would it be?
A: There is hope for those who live with dementia. It is in our hands to provide a life worth living or to prevent it, depending on whether we are willing to take on the hard work of transformation.