G. Allen Power, MD is Eden Mentor at St. John’s Home in Rochester, NY, 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. He has lectured on dementia and other elder care topics throughout the US, at Alzheimer’s Disease International 2009 in Singapore and at IAHSA 2007 in Malta. In 2007 Dr. Power participated in a CMS webcast teaching culture change principles to nursing home surveyors. He was an expert consultant for IPRO (New York’s Quality Improvement Organization), for CMS’ Eighth Scope of Work program on culture change and depression, and most recently their Ninth Scope of Work program on restraint removal.
Dr. Power is a weekly contributor to Eden Founder Dr. Bill Thomas’ web log at http://www.changingaging.org. He has been interviewed by BBC Television, the Washington Post, the Wall Street Journal, Provider, Caring for the Ages and MD News, 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. His new book, Dementia Beyond Drugs: Changing the Culture of Care was released by Health Professions Press in February 2010.
Dr. Power reviewed St. John’s new community evolution of the Green Houseä model at IAHSA 2009 in London. Other 2009 talks included the Edna Gates Conference on Dementia in Troy, MI in November, and a Keynote address for Rhode Island Generations’ Annual Conference in Providence in November.
Talks for 2010 include the annual meetings of the American Medical Directors’ Association in Long Beach, CA and Life Services Network in Chicago, IL in March, as well as the Eden Alternative International Conference in June and the Pioneer Network Annual Meeting in August. He also plans to return to Singapore in September 2010 on a Tsao Foundation grant to further introduce the Eden Alternative to nursing home and community-based care staff in that country.
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 have 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.


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  1. edenalt says:

    Voting is well underway and The Eden Alternative idea “Refresh and transform 5 nursing homes located in PA, MT, MI and TN.” is now in 152nd place.

    Only the top 2 ideas with the most votes will receive a grant worth $250,000. There’s still time to let everyone know how important our idea is, and promotion is key to racking up votes. Go to http://www.refresheverything.com/transform5nursinghomes to vote each day.

    Remember, voting ends the last day of this month.

    For more information on the Eden Alternative go to http://www.edenalt.org

    We can change the nursing home institutional model of care into homes where life is worth living together.

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