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Al Power is a geriatrician, author, musician, and an international educator on transformational models of care for older adults, particularly those living with changing cognitive abilities. You can follow his speaking schedule at

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  1. Al Power
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    Love it, Sonya – thanks!

  2. Sonya Barsness
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    Agreed! We also need to consider that in comparing outcomes between traditional and person-centered models, the outcomes we traditionally have measured might need to be re-evaluated or even re-invented. What are the important outcomes for demonstrating the person-centered model is better? Better according to whom?

  3. Ann Catlin
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    I couldn’t agree more. For a decade I have used an approach called Compassionate Touch with elders in long term care with dementia. The impact of human touch is profound to help ease anxiety and agitation, not to mention build strong caregiver relationships. I’ve often said that the impact of humanistic approaches are difficult to measure but it’s the world we live in. Fortunately there is some evidence base for skilled touch in eldercare. I’d rather credit was given to what we experience rather than trying to fit into a structure that is so clearly ineffective. I’ll keep on keeping on with trying to make a difference by teaching caregivers how powerful touch can be.

  4. kyalimpa Evarist
    kyalimpa Evarist at | | Reply

    Thanks go to the author of this blog, i personally disagree with the promoters of medication only as final solution in management of dementia among Older Persons.
    I believe that there is need to apply both medication and psycho-social support or package.
    Best wishes to you all.

  5. theresa
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    I recently had a conversation with another like minded nurse, about doing more research in person directed care practices, because of this issue of how to meaure “happiness”. She hopes to team up with a noted research facility in our state. I encouraged her and will continue to support her in this direction of “change”. We know in our hearts that this is the right way to go, how do we prove this? Evidence based person centered care? Keep on questioning the way things have always been done!

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