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G. Allen Power M.D., F.A.C.P.

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The book we will be discussing today is an essential read for anyone involved in the care of an individual with dementia, including nursing staff, social workers, occupational therapists, medical directors, and administrators in all elder care settings. Family members of individuals with dementia and students breaking into the dementia care field will also benefit from the advice offered. You will learn what it takes to effect real culture change within residential care settings while reducing the administration of psychotropic drugs in the treatment of dementia. Our guest today is a board-certified internist, geriatrician, nursing home practitioner, and Eden Alternative™ Educator. Dr. G. Allen Power brings robust medical experience and a unique perspective to the idea of culture change. His book which we will be discussing is called “Dementia Beyond Drugs: Changing The Culture of Care”.

G. Allen Power, M.D., is a board-certified internist and geriatrician and Associate Professor of Medicine at the University of Rochester, New York. He is also a Fellow of the American College of Physicians-American Society of Internal Medicine. Dr. Power has practiced medicine for 25 years, the last 18 of which have been in long-term care and rehabilitation.

As a Certified Eden Alternative Educator, Dr. Power serves as an Eden Mentor at St. John's Home in Rochester, New York, where he has worked since 2000. He also serves on the board of directors of the Eden Alternative, Inc. His regular contributions to the blog of Dr. William Thomas, founder of the Eden Alternative, can be found at www.changingaging.org.

Dr. Power has lectured on geriatric and culture change topics both nationally and internationally. He has been interviewed for print and broadcast media including BBC Television, The Washington Post, The Wall Street Journal, and WHYY radio among many others. Dr. Power is also quoted in the book Old Age in a New Age: The Promise of Transformative Nursing Homes by Beth Baker (2007, Vanderbilt University Press).

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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