Is it more proper to say, “My new book is out”, or “My new book
is in”? In any event, it’s now available.
Here (attached pdf) are some kind comments about the book from
people I admire greatly.
“Allen Power’s new book, Dementia Beyond Drugs: Changing the Culture of Care, 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. He has answers for questions you’ve had about assisting people living with dementia. Al’s grasp
of the subject is comprehensive and his style of communicating is informative, accessible, and inspiring. If you 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
-Carol Ende, Executive Director of 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
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
“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 and 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.
“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,
“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” offers us a viable and humanistic alternative to caring for those with dementia.
This 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
For those who have pre-ordered, thank you, thank you. It will be
on its way very soon. To find out where I’ll be speaking next,
check in periodically on the “schedule” page at www.alpower.net.