Dementia Beyond Drugs

Loading Events
This event has passed.

Changing the Culture of Care

Screenshot 2015-05-12 09.14.27

Click to download

Montanans will get introduced to a new model of Alzheimer’s and dementia care on June 3 through a day-long workshop at the University of Montana featuring internationally-recognized dementia and culture change expert Dr. G. Allen Power.

Based on Dr. Power’s award winning book Dementia Beyond Drugs: Changing the Culture of Care, the six-hour workshop will introduce an experiential model of dementia care that has been demonstrated to reduce the use of dangerous anti-psychotic drugs to treat dementia patients and improve health outcomes.

With no evidence that Alzheimer’s or other dementias can be cured there is urgent need to improve care and living conditions for the 16 million people living with dementia, including more than 19,000 individuals here in Montana. Resources and expertise to understand and care for people with dementia are limited and only 1,200 dementia care unit beds are available statewide.

Dr. Power’s course demonstrates why current caregiving approaches and attitudes towards dementia can never lead to satisfactory results and instead often contribute to challenging behaviors. Through the application of person-directed practices, Dr. Power explores alternative approaches that can facilitate growth, meaningful engagement and improved well-being by identifying and addressing unmet needs.

G. Allen Power, M.D., is a geriatrician, author, musician, and international educator on transformational models of care for older adults, particularly those living with changing cognitive abilities.

The workshop is designed for anyone engaged in care with a person living with dementia–family caregivers, nursing home administrators, nurses, health care professionals (physicians, APRNs, PAs, nurses, pharmacists, social workers, health care professional students, etc.) in home care, home- and community-based providers, clinics, extended care, sub-acute, assisted living communities and acute hospital care staff.

The workshop is provided by support from Village Health Care, Harvest Home Care, Mountain Pacific Quality Health and Montana Geriatric Education Center.


Professional contact hours will be provided for nursing, social worker, occupational therapy, and administrators.