Dr. Al Power, ChangingAging Contributor

G. Allen Power, MD is Eden Mentor at St. John’s Home in Rochester, NY, and Clinical Associate Professor of Medicine at the University of Rochester. He is a board certified internist and geriatrician, and is a Fellow of the American College of Physicians / American Society for Internal Medicine. You can follow his blog at www.Changingaging.org/AlPower/

Al Power

Intentional Communities

For more than two decades, proponents of culture change in long-term care have worked on transforming the institutional nursing home model. More recently, the focus has turned to assisted living and even independent community housing.
What we see is that America falls short in all living environments when it comes to older adults engaging in diverse communities. How can we optimize the quality of life, across a multitude of settings, for our nation’s elders?

Power Up: AgeSong

This week I am out at the AgeSong communities of San Francisco and Oakland, singing, speaking and working on the Presence Project. I’ll be teaming up with mindfulness expert Marguerite Manteau-Rao, AgeSong CEO Dr. Nader Shabahangi and Dr. Leslie Ross of UCSF to develop and test a curriculum that teaches both my experiential view of dementia (which we here call… Read more →

PowerUp Friday: First Community Green Houses

PowerUp Friday: First Community Green Houses

This week, Pridemark Builders are framing the first community Green Houses at St. John’s Home in Rochester. These two homes, about 11 miles from our nursing home in the town of Penfield, will house 20 elders from our community in the center of a new townhome development. This placement will ensure that the Green Houses are part of a true… Read more →

Power-Up Friday

Power-Up Friday

A Wonderful Week with Richard Taylor and Friends We’ve had a great week at St. John’s. I brought Dr. Richard Taylor, award-winning author of “Alzheimer’s from  the Inside Out” to speak to our community. The planning led to a mini-chatauqua with several luminaries in tow: Judy Berry, founder of Lakeview Ranch homes in Darwin MN, and winner of an RWJF… Read more →

Power-Up Friday: Stories, Culture and Hypertension

Kudos to the Annals of Internal Medicine for getting a little bit outside the box. This week’s lead article deals with the difficult problem of hypertension among African-Americans, who are more likely to get high blood pressure than Caucasians, and to have organ damage as a result. There are many reasons for this, but at least some is a decreased willingness… Read more →

Generations Teaming up for Alzheimer’s

Several months ago, I wrote about an award-winning collaboration between Nazareth College of Rochester and the elders at St. John’s Meadows. Dr. David Steitz, Chair of Gerontology, taught his Aging and Community Service course onsite at St. John’s Meadows, while many elders sat in and added their wisdom and perspective to the topics discussed. This year’s class has the elders… Read more →

Power-Up Friday: Ptolemy Redux

After reading Kavan’s post last month, I picked up a copy of The Last Days of Ptolemy Gray, by Walter Mosley (c.2010 Riverhead/Penguin Books). I read only two pages and realized I was in the presence of a true master writer. Kavan’s original post discussed the provocative plot twist in which the lead character, who has Alzheimer’s, is given the chance… Read more →

Are We Reaching Peak Age and Function?

Last rant for 2010! In an article recently published in the Journal of Gerontology, noted USC researchers Eileen Crimmins and Hiram Beltrán-Sánchez presented sobering statistics about the health of our aging U.S. population. While we have made great strides in life expectancy over the past century, this increase has slowed dramatically in the past several years. At the same time,… Read more →

PowerUp Friday: We All Need a Little Music

Recently, I “friended” GeriPal on Facebook. GeriPal is a blog devoted to geriatrics and palliative care. Back on my birthday, they reported a literature review from the December issue of the American Journal of Alzheimer’s Disease and Other Dementias on the benefits of singing to people who live with dementia. This extensive review showed that–drum roll, please–“singing to people who… Read more →

Power Up Friday: Telemonitoring – Does It Help?

The explosion in technological know-how has created a new wave of efforts to keep patients “connected” from their homes to their doctors. In particular, the “aging in place” movement has put a lot of stock in the concept of harnessing technology, in order to keep physically or cognitively frail people in their homes longer. Now machines exist that can transmit all kinds… Read more →