Caregivers’ Circle – I’m still me! – Looking Beyond Dementia as a Disease and Caring for our Loved Ones as Individuals
“My mom has Dementia.” “My dad has Alzheimer’s.” Okay. I get it. But WHO is your mother? WHO is your father? Our society has become diseased focused. We are forgetting that there are human beings right in front of us with feelings, fears and love. Yes, these emotions may appear to be locked inside but they are there and not locked at all. We just need to investigate a bit to hear what our loved ones are still saying. This week, Dr. Allen Power MD discusses his views on seeing and treating Dementia beyond a disease based model. He offers tips for families to shift the paradigm of how they think about Dementia and using this insight to advocate for different and more appropriate care for their loved ones.
Dr. Power is a board certified internist and geriatrician, clinical associate professor of medicine at the University of Rochester, and an international educator on transformational models of care for older adults, particularly those living with changing cognitive abilities. Dr. Power’s new book, Dementia Beyond Disease: Enhancing Well-Being was released in June 2014 by Health Professions Press. His debut book, Dementia Beyond Drugs: Changing the Culture of Care won a 2010 Book of the Year Award from the American Journal of Nursing. Learn more about Dr. Power.
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