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Dementia Beyond Drugs

Dr. Al Power, Geriatrician, Eden Alternative Educator and author of the book by the same name, will present his two-day workshop in South Africa in 2014! This workshop is a practical, interactive event presented by Dr. Power, who sees himself as not an academic, but a seasoned practitioner in Care. This course has taken the world by storm, and now GERATEC is bringing it to South Africa.


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About G. Allen Power

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.

Dr. Power is a Certified Eden Alternative® Educator and a member of the Eden Alternative board of directors. He has lectured on dementia and other elder care topics throughout the US and Canada, the UK, Denmark, Singapore and Malta. His 2013 engagements include Australia, New Zealand, and Nova Scotia.

Dr. Power’s book, Dementia beyond Drugs: Changing the Culture of Care was released by Health Professions Press in February 2010. It won a 2010 Book of the Year Award from the American Journal of Nursing, a Merit Award from the 2011 National Mature Media Awards, and a must-have title in Doody’s Core Titles list for 2013. Dr. Power’s DVD 20 Questions, 100 Answers, 6 Perspectives (co-produced with Dr. Richard Taylor and Brilliant Image Productions) won a 2012 National Mature Media Merit Award as well. He has been named one of 2013’s “Five Leaders of Tomorrow” by Long-Term Living Magazine. Dr. Power was awarded a Bellagio Residency in Italy for April 2012 by the Rockefeller Foundation, where he worked with Dr. Emi Kiyota on developing guidelines for sustainable communities that embrace people of all ages and abilities.

Dr. Power recorded introductory material for the U.S. Federal Centres for Medicare & Medicaid Services’ new educational package, “Hand in Hand”, designed to help hands-on staff better care for people living with dementia. He is working in an advisory capacity with CMS and the U.S. Senate Special Committee on Ageing in 2012 for their new initiative to reduce antipsychotic drug use in nursing homes. Dr. Power is featured in the new documentary Alive Inside, which details the power of music to awaken the abilities of people living with dementia. Dr. Power is also a charter member of the International Advisory Board for Australia’s Dementia Foundation for Spark of Life, created to support the award-winning work of Dementia Care Australia.

In 2007 Dr. Power participated in a CMS webcast teaching culture change principles to nursing home surveyors.

Dr. Power is a featured contributor to Eden Founder Dr. Bill Thomas’ web log at www.changingaging.org. He has been interviewed by BBC Television, The Washington Post, The New York Times, The Los Angeles Times, The Wall Street Journal, The New Yorker, Singapore’s Straits Times, Provider, Caring for the Ages, MD News, WHYY radio, WXXI radio, many other publications and radio shows, and for the book Old Age in a New Age: The Promise of Transformative Nursing Homes, by Beth Baker.

Dr. Power is also a trained musician and songwriter with three recordings, including Life worth Living: A Celebration of Elders and Those Who Care for Them. His songs have been recorded by several artists and performed on three continents. Peter, Paul and Mary performed his song of elder autonomy, “If You Don’t Mind”, and Walter Cronkite used his song, “I’ll Love You Forever” in a 1995 Discovery Channel profile of American families.