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Dementia Beyond Disease
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From the internationally acclaimed author of the groundbreaking and award-winning book Dementia Beyond Drugs comes another eye-opening exploration of how to improve the lives of people with dementia and those who care for them. In this revised edition-including updated facts, studies, and terminology-Dr. G. Allen Power demonstrates how to achieve sustainable success in dementia care by changing the caregiving lens to focus on well-being and the ways in which it can be enhanced in people living with dementia. Revealing how drug-based interventions as well as completely holistic approaches consistently fall short of addressing and meeting the needs of people with dementia, this book offers a proactive approach-one that challenges widely accepted dementia care practices and provides a compelling new framework for developing more effective dementia services. Through in-depth examinations of seven domains of well-being, readers will discover how current care practices erode them, and the transformative approaches that can restore them, plus: how to apply a well-being approach to the everyday care of people living with dementia a highly adaptable framework that can be adopted in any living environment valuable insight on overcoming physical and operational barriers to well-being a wealth of person-centered, strengths-based approaches to care Filled with true stories that demonstrate the power of a well-being approach to greatly improve the lives of people with dementia as well as those who care for them, this book presents methods that promise a new and hopeful vision for achieving the best possible outcomes for every person living with cognitive changes. Readers will be challenged, motivated, and profoundly inspired.
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Foreword by Richard Taylor, Ph.D. Preface 1. A Brief History of the Experiential Model 2. The What and Why of Well-Being 3. Identity 4. Connectedness 5. Security 6. Autonomy 7. Meaning 8. Growth 9. Joy 10. A Well-Being Approach 11. Dementia and Aging in the 21st Century: Reframing (and Reclaiming) Hope References Index

About the Author

G. Allen Power, M.D. is an internationally recognized educator and specialist in caring for people with changing cognitive abilities. He is also the author of Dementia Beyond Drugs: Changing the Culture of Care. A board-certified internist and geriatrician in practice since 1984, he has dedicated most of his career to long-term care and rehabilitation.

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"An outstanding feature of this book is giving opportunity to listen to the voices of people with dementia, whilst encouraging the reader to consider the proposed framework for well-being in terms of an approach to improving lives, rather than another set of interpretations." - Reena Lasrado, The University of Manchester, School of Nursing, Midwifery and Social Work, Manchester, UK Dementia (2015, Vol. 14(3) 384-386) "Al Power has done it again. His newest book challenges us to partner with the person with dementia to create the best possible life. Dementia Beyond Disease is a thought provoking and practical guide that will help all of us develop winning programs that are life-affirming for the person with dementia and for care partners. Highly recommended!" - David Troxel, MPH, Co-author, The Best Friends Approach to Dementia Care

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