Dementia Beyond Drugs: Changing the Culture of Care

Speaker(s): G. Allen Power

The narrow standpoint of disease, and creates a deficit-based care approach that fosters disempowerment, isolation and overmedication. Using a similar paradigm shift to that of the major culture change movements, a new “experiential” model is presented that fosters meaningful engagement and well-being, by understanding the individual’s experience and cultivating personal strengths to create better lives for all.

Topics addressed include:

  • Problems associated with psychotropic medication use in dementia
  • Paradigm-shifting exercises and Introduction of an “experiential” model for viewing dementia
  • Personal, operational and physical aspects of the transformation of care
  • Tips for communication and decoding distress
  • Applications of the model to specific challenges encountered by participants

Seminar length:
Ideally a 2-day, 13-hour presentation, but could be done as a 1-day 6.5 hour session

Number of participants:
Minimum of 15-20 and a maximum of 40

Who will benefit from this seminar:
Professional care staff in long-term care or community settings will learn about this innovative approach to caring for people with dementia that will improve well-being and engagement, and enable one to reduce or eliminate the use of potentially harmful medications. For nursing homes, this will help you on the path to meeting new federal standards for drug reduction.

Seminar fee:
$5,500 plus travel expenses
What do fees include?


G. Allen Power, MD is a board certified internist and geriatrician, a Clinical Associate Professor of Medicine at the University of Rochester, and 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 U.S. and Canada, the UK, Denmark, Australia, New Zealand, Singapore, and Malta.

Dr. Power’s book, Dementia Beyond Drugs: Changing the Culture of Care, 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 was listed as a “must-have” title in Doody’s Core Titles list for 2013. He has also co-produced two DVDs with Dr. Richard Taylor and Brilliant Image Productions: Living with Dementia and 20 Questions, 10 Answers, 6 Perspectives. The latter DVD won a 2012 National Mature Media Merit Award as well. Dr. Power has been named one of 2013’s “Five Leaders of Tomorrow” by Long-Term Living Magazine.

Dr. Power was awarded a Ballagio 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. He is a consultant for Dr. Kiyota’s non-profit organization Ibasho, and a member of the International Advisory Board for Australia’s Dementia Foundation for Spark of Life, the South Africa Care Forum, and the Music and Memory project in the U.S.

Dr. Power recorded introductory material for the new CMS 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 worked with the National Dementia Initiative to produce a white paper on new approaches to dementia for the U.S. Senate Special Committee on Aging.

Dr. Power is featured in the documentary Alive Inside, which details the power of music to awaken the abilities of people living with dementia. His 2-day Eden course, “Dementia Beyond Drugs,” was taught to over 500 people in the state of Tennessee in 2012-13 as part of a CMS grant through the state Department of Health. The course has also been taught in 7 states, and four countries.

Dr. Power is a featured contributor to Eden Founder Dr. Bill Thomas’ weblog at He has been interviewed by BBC Television, The New York Times, The Washington Post, 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.


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