G. Allen Power, MD is a board certified internist and geriatrician, clinical associate professor of medicine at the University of Rochester, and a Fellow of the American College of Physicians / American Society for Internal Medicine. Dr. Power is a Certified Eden Alternative® Educator, a member of the Eden Alternative board of directors, 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 won a 2010 Book of the Year Award from the American Journal of Nursing, a Merit Award from the 2011 National Mature Media Awards, and was listed as a “must-have” title in Doody’s Core Titles list for 2013. He has co-produced two DVDs with Dr. Richard Taylor and Brilliant Image Productions: Living with Dementia and 20 Questions, 100 Answers, 6 Perspectives. Dr. Power has been named one of 2013’s “Five Leaders of Tomorrow” by Long-Term Living Magazine.
Dr. Power was interviewed for the new documentary Alive Inside, which was selected for the 2014 Sundance Film Festival. His 2-day Eden course, “Dementia Beyond Drugs” has been taught in nine states and four countries.
Dr. Power was awarded a Bellagio Residency in Italy in 2012 by the Rockefeller Foundation, where he worked with Dr. Emi Kiyota on developing guidelines for sustainable communities that embrace people of all ages and abilities. He is a consultant for Dr. Kiyota’s non-profit organization Ibasho, a member of the Leadership Council for the Dementia Action Alliance, and serves in an advisory capacity for the Music and Memory project, Dementia Care Australia, and the South Africa Care Forum.
Dr. Power recorded introductory material for the new CMS educational package, “Hand in Hand”, designed to help hands-on staff better care for people living with dementia. He has served in an advisory capacity with CMS and worked with the National Dementia Initiative to produce a white paper on new approaches to dementia for the U.S. Senate Special Committee on Aging.
Dr. Power is a featured contributor to Eden Founder Dr. Bill Thomas’ weblog at www.changingaging.org. He has been interviewed by BBC Television, The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Los Angeles Times, The Wall Street Journal, The New Yorker, Singapore’s Straits Times, WHYY radio, WXXI radio, many other publications and radio shows, and for the book Old Age in a New Age: The Promise of Transformative Nursing Homes, by Beth Baker.
Dr. Power is also a trained musician and songwriter with three recordings, including Life Worth Living: A Celebration of Elders and Those Who Care for Them. His songs have been recorded by several artists and performed on three continents. Peter, Paul and Mary performed his song of elder autonomy, “If You Don’t Mind”, and Walter Cronkite used his song, “I’ll Love You Forever” in a 1995 Discovery Channel profile of American families.
Dr. Power’s new book, Dementia Beyond Disease: Enhancing Well-Being is scheduled for release in summer 2014 by Health Professions Press.