Reducing the use of psychotropic drugs in the symptomatic treatment of dementia is key to successfully implementing compassionate, person-centered practices in your organization-and this book shows clearly why and how it can be done. The revised second edition of this award-winning resource introduces new research, language, and examples to reinforce the core message that antipsychotic medications are t the solution to ease the distress experienced by individuals living with dementia. Outlined here is the information and inspiration you need to provide alternative solutions for individualized support and care. IN THIS BOOK YOU'LL FIND: * enlightened models to reduce the use of harmful medications by understanding and addressing underlying causes of distress* a pathway to accomplish drug-reduction goals established by the U.S. Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS)* discussions of new drug studies and government reports on the dangers and ineffectiveness of antipsychotic medications in the treatment of people with dementia* recognized best practices in dementia care and their transformational results* case studies, stories, and other educational tools illustrating positive outcomes for people living with dementia* ways to respond to anxiety and distress in people with dementia. An essential read for all professionals in long-term care, including administrators, medical directors, nursing staff, psychologists and counselors, social workers, and policy makers, the ideas presented here call for a revolution in dementia care-one that always puts the person first.
G. Allen Power, M.D. is a board-certified internist and geriatrician and Clinical Associate Professor of Medicine at the University of Rochester, New York. He is a Fellow of the American College of Physicians-American Society of Internal Medicine, and an international educator on transformational models of care for older adults, particularly those living with changing cognitive abilities. Dr. Power's book, Dementia Beyond Drugs: Changing the Culture of Care was named a 2010 Book of the Year by the American Journal of Nursing. He served on the technical advisory panel for the U.S. Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services for their national antipsychotic reduction initiative. Dr. Power was interviewed for the film Alive Inside, winner of the Audience Award for Best U.S. Documentary at the 2014 Sundance Film Festival. He also was a member of the Scientific Program Committee and a Keynote speaker for Alzheimer's Disease International 2015 in Perth, Western Australia. Dr. Power was named one of Five Leaders of Tomorrow by Long-Term Living Magazine in May 2013. His second book, Dementia Beyond Disease: Enhancing Well-Being was released by Health Professions Press in June 2014. 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.