G. Allen Power is an internist, geriatrician, and clinical associate professor of medicine at the University of Rochester. He is also 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.
Allen’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. Centres for Medicare and Medicaid Services for their national antipsychotic reduction initiative. Allen 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 served on the Scientific Programme Committee and was a keynote speaker for Alzheimer’s Disease International 2015 in Perth, Western Australia.
In 2012, Allen received a Bellagio Fellowship from the Rockefeller Foundation for his work with Dr. Emi Kiyota on innovative responses to global aging, and was named one of “Five Leaders of Tomorrow” by Long-Term Living Magazine in May 2013. He serves in an advisory capacity for the Dementia Action Alliance, Dementia Care Australia, The South Africa Care Forum, Ibasho, and the Music and Memory project.
Allen is also a trained musician and songwriter who has published three recordings, with songs performed by several artists in the US and elsewhere. Peter, Paul and Mary performed his song, “If You Don’t Mind”, and Walter Cronkite used his song, “I’ll Love You Forever” in a 1995 Cronkite Reports documentary on the Discovery Channel.
Allen’s new book, Dementia Beyond Disease: Enhancing Well-Being was released by Health Professions Press in June, 2014.