|Dr Al Power discusses Spark of Life & distress in dementia|
Transcript of Interview with Dr G A Power 6.5.13 Perth, WA
‘Many people living with dementia experience different types of distress. I think this is because it is more difficult for them to maintain a sense of wellbeing when they are cognitively challenged. The traditional view is that this is due to damaged brain cells, which is why we often reach for medications. But the truth is that there are all of these underlying emotional needs that are often poorly identified and recognised by the traditional approach.
One of the advantages of the Spark of Life Approach is that it has a systematic way of identifying these underlying needs, and helping people to understand the experience of the world around the person living with dementia in a very positive way, so that these needs can be identified and then supported in a way that helps the person maintain wellbeing. And to me this is the key, because too often we are reacting to people’s distress, finding ways to calm them, but not really getting to the root cause, so the distress continues to reoccur over time.
The Spark of Life Approach helps us to decode those basic causes and then we can come up with a plan that helps them to maintain their wellbeing throughout one day to another.’
G. Allen Power, MD is Eden Mentor at St. John’s Home in Rochester, New York, USA, 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 / American Society for Internal Medicine.
Dr. Power is a Certified Eden Alternative® Educator and a member of the Eden Alternative board of directors.
Read more on his website www.alpower.net
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