Dementia Beyond Drugs – Decoding Distress
In the third of a three-part webinar series, Dr. Allen Power, award-winning author of Dementia Beyond Drugs, will focus on how the experiential model of dementia can inform how we decode distress and identify unmet needs in individuals living with dementia. Topics will include the distinction between medical, environmental, and experiential audits; strategies for decoding distress; being present and self-centering, as the key to diffusing stressful interactions; and addressing anger and aggression.
- Identify 2 ways that the experiential model views distress as unmet needs and/or challenges to one’s well-being;
- Distinguish between a medical audit of distress and an experiential audit; and
- List 3 basic principles of responding to anger and aggression.
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. Dr. Power speaks internationally on the topics of dementia and eldercare. His new book, Dementia Beyond Drugs: Changing the Culture of Care was released by Health Professions Press in February 2010 and won a 2010 Book of the Year Award from the American Journal of Nursing. He is a featured contributor to Dr. Bill Thomas’ web log at www.changingaging.org and has been interviewed by BBC Television, The Washington Post, The Los Angeles Times, The Wall Street Journal, Singapore’s Straits Times, Provider, Caring for the Ages, MD News, WHYY radio, WXXI radio, many other media sources.
The live event for this webinar took place on October 19, 2011.