Dementia Beyond Drugs

Dementia Beyond Drugs : Changing the Culture of Care

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Reducing the use of psychotropic drugs in the symptomatic treatment of dementia is key to successfully implementing compassionate, person-centered practices in your organization-and this book shows clearly why and how it can be done. The revised second edition of this award-winning resource introduces new research, language, and examples to reinforce the core message that antipsychotic medications are not the solution to ease the distress experienced by individuals living with dementia. Outlined here is the information and inspiration you need to provide alternative solutions for individualized support and care.


enlightened models to reduce the use of harmful medications by understanding and addressing underlying causes of distress
a pathway to accomplish drug-reduction goals established by the U.S. Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS)
discussions of new drug studies and government reports on the dangers and ineffectiveness of antipsychotic medications in the treatment of people with dementia
recognized best practices in dementia care and their transformational results
case studies, stories, and other educational tools illustrating positive outcomes for people living with dementia
ways to respond to anxiety and distress in people with dementia

. An essential read for all professionals in long-term care, including administrators, medical directors, nursing staff, psychologists and counselors, social workers, and policy makers, the ideas presented here call for a revolution in dementia care-one that always puts the person first.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 328 pages
  • 152 x 229 x 22.86mm | 453.59g
  • Baltimore, United States
  • English
  • Revised
  • 2nd Revised edition
  • 1938870646
  • 9781938870644
  • 33,059

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"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.
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About G. Allen Power

G. Allen Power, M.D. is a board-certified internist and geriatrician and Clinical Associate Professor of Medicine at the University of Rochester, New York. He is a Fellow of the American College of Physicians-American Society of Internal Medicine, and an international educator on transformational models of care for older adults, particularly those living with changing cognitive abilities.

Dr. Power's book, Dementia Beyond Drugs: Changing the Culture of Care was named a 2010 Book of the Year by the American Journal of Nursing. He served on the technical advisory panel for the U.S. Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services for their national antipsychotic reduction initiative. Dr. Power was interviewed for the film Alive Inside, winner of the Audience Award for Best U.S. Documentary at the 2014 Sundance Film Festival. He also was a member of the Scientific Program Committee and a Keynote speaker for Alzheimer's Disease International 2015 in Perth, Western Australia.

Dr. Power was named one of "Five Leaders of Tomorrow" by Long-Term Living Magazine in May 2013. His second book, Dementia Beyond Disease: Enhancing Well-Being was released by Health Professions Press in June 2014.

An accomplished musician and songwriter, Dr. Power's music has been performed on three continents. His song of elder autonomy, "If You Don't Mind," was performed by Peter, Paul, and Mary, and Walter Cronkite used his song, "I'll Love You Forever" in a 1995 Discovery Channel documentary on American families.
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