We are pleased to brag that ChangingAging blogger Dr. Al Power has been awarded a 2010 Book of the Year Award by the American Journal of Nursing for his new book, Dementia Beyond Drugs: Changing the Culture of Care. Here’s a commendation from this month’s Journal:
Power cites a statistic from Alzheimer’s Disease International that at least 5 million Americans have some form of dementia and 16 million are projected to have it by 2050. Everyone at least knows someone who’s been intimately affected by this disease, if they haven’t dealt with it themselves. It’s a disease that robs one of not only memories— good and bad—but also personality and in many cases of the dignity and wisdom that accompany aging.
Nevertheless, this is a book of hope and humor, and most of all a call to challenge the traditional biomedical model that medicates first rather than seeking alternatives. Reading it should be especially exciting for nurses, because it harks back to core nursing concepts and diagnoses—alteration in comfort, alteration in mood, and more. It offers an array of empirical, guided nonpharmacologic strategies that nurses, aides, and family members can implement without the potential harms of psychoactive drugs. It empowers the entire team to come up with creative solutions that foster safety and comfort without mechanically resorting to the aggressive use of psychoactives.
• Sets out digestible concepts that readily translate to a broad audience
• Challenges all who are affected by dementia to forgo the biomedical model and embrace an experiential model of care and action
• Uses great storytelling style in anecdotes that both health care providers and family members will be able to relate to.