Understanding the Many Levels of Autonomy
Autonomy is a domain that is challenged early, and often severely, as a result of societal stigmas surrounding dementia. Loss of autonomy is also a common source of anger and resistance. We tend to think of autonomy in terms of big decisions, but autonomy can be created on many levels, and most people have the ability to make choices, with proper communication and support. This third webinar will also highlight the impact of surplus safety on one’s sense of empowerment and autonomy.
In spite of growing awareness of the lower benefits and higher risks of antipsychotic drug use in people living with dementia, we cannot successfully reduce these medications until we find more effective approaches to care. According to Dr. Al Power, award-winning author of Dementia Beyond Drugs, the true key to sustained success is enhancing well-being. In this 6-part webinar series, Dr. Power will describe how the Eden Alternative Domains of Well-Being provide a powerful framework for caring for people who live with dementia. This new approach offers successful outcomes, where others, including other person-directed approaches, have fallen short.
Presenter: G. Allen Power, MD
This fourth webinar in this 6-part series took place on December 10, 2013.