I recently cautioned in an op-ed that our attempts to reduce antipsychotic drugs among patients with dementia would soon become problematic if we have not also learned how to care differently. And the chickens are starting to come home to roost.
What’s new at ChangingAging? The big news coming off the Second Wind Tour is the July 18 theatrical debut of Alive Inside. Dr. Al Power has also has a new book and Seattle continues changing aging!
When I was a teenager, I probably had little expectation that someone my current age would still have a lot of growth left in him. But over time, I have learned that, as Eden Alternative Principle Nine states, “Human growth cannot be separated from human life.”
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Look for us at the 6th Annual Green House Meeting and Celebration in Boston, MA November 18-20th.
A recent New York Times article quoting Dr. Al Power reminds us that people living with dementia have much to teach us about being fully present with one another.
The Eden Alternative and LindenGrove are partners on a grant proposal to fund Dementia Beyond Drugs training based on Dr. G. Allen Power’s award winning book.
When Al Power was in med school and specializing in geriatrics, he would visit his grandmother in a nursing home.
I’m amazed by the response to my blog post Alzheimer’s Disease Has a Brand Problem. Here’s a sample of the best comments:
A recent article in McKnight’s Long Term Care magazine highlights a study that concludes it is safe in most cases to eliminate antipsychotic drugs.
We are excited to see the impact that this training will have over the coming months on psychotropic drug usage and quality of life for people living with dementia and their care partners in Tennessee. We hope that we can then use this CMP grant-funde…
Last week, the first of three multi-day events took place in Nashville, TN, focusing on the reduction of anti-psychotic drugs (see Chris Perna’s recent post for the details). This collaboration between The Eden Alternative and the Tennessee Department of Health, Division of Health Care Facilities has the potential to make an important impact in Tennessee, […]
A press release issued today by the Tennessee Department of Health states that the Office of Health Care Facilities has secured a CMP grant totaling more than $370,000 to provide training for 749 people including nursing home direct care staff members, state surveyors and managers, State Long-Term Care Ombudsmen and members of the Tennessee Advancing Excellence […]
One of the ways we are getting exposure for The Eden Alternative these days is by exhibiting and speaking at industry events like the recent AHCA Annual Conference in Tampa, Fl. In Tampa Nancy Fox and I partnered on an educational session where we talked to more than 100 people about our new Neighborhood Guide Curriculum […]
Following are excerpts from an article with the same title as this post written by Kathleen Lourde that appears in the September issue of Provider Magazine, both the print and on-line versions. G. Allen Power, MD, author of “Dementia Beyond Drugs: Changing the Culture of Care,” proposes a simple yet, for many providers, radical idea: […]
The Eden Alternative joined over a 1,000 culture change enthusiasts in Jacksonville, Florida, last weekend to kick off the Pioneer Network’s 12th National Conference, Building a Bridge to a New Culture in Aging. On Sunday, the 5th of August, our own Dr. Al Power joined an all star line-up of speakers for a day-long intensive […]
To many, a person with dementia is a complex and misunderstood being, and currently the only way most people treat them is with medication. Dr. Al Power, M.D., a board certified internist and geriatrician and Clinical Associate Professor of Medicine at the University of Rochester, New York couldn’t disagree more
As federal regulators begin efforts to halt unnecessary use of antipsychotic drugs in nursing homes, a member of The Eden Alternative in New Jersey has completed a cutting edge program that successfully weaned residents with dementia off these medications.
Click here to view an interview of Dr. Al Power, geriatrician, and Dr. Emi Kyota, environmental gerontologist, as they discuss their new project called, An Innovative Approach to Global Aging: Creating a resilient community for all. The suggestion within this project is that an essential part of resilience in communities is to create environments where the presence and perspective of older adults is seen as a normal and valued.
The Eden Alternative is launching new trainings focused on helping long-term care communities see dementia through new eyes. The new two-day training Dementia Beyond Drugs: Changing the Culture of Care, based on Dr. Al Power’s award-winning book of the same name, debuted Feb. 8 in Providence, R.I., and attracted dementia caregivers from around the U.S. and Canada.
By Dr. Allen Power, Eden Mentor, St. John’s Home, Rochester, N.Y., Associate Professor of Medicine, University of Rochester I recently had the pleasure of visiting with an elder who experiences frequent distress in the late afternoon. I was immediately struck by the connection of her anxiety and desire to leave with a lot of change-of-shift activity. This […]