More Deeper into the Soul: Beyond Dementia and Alzheimer’s Toward Forgetfulness Care
Elders Academy Press is excited to announce that Deeper into the Soul is Back in Stock.
Deeper into the Soul: Beyond Dementia and Alzheimer’s Towards Forgetfulness Care by Nader Robert Shabahangi, Ph.D. & Bogna Szymkiewicz, Ph.D.
Elders Academy Press (2008)
124 pages; $13.95-Softcover: Back in Stock!, plus shipping & handling;
or $9.95 eBook – Epub & Mobi
“If you are a researcher, a hospital worker, a teacher, a caregiver, this book belongs on your desk or at your bedside. Deeper into the Soul will push you further than you meant to go, surprising you into a smile of pleasure, a buzz of new learning, a challenge to your usual interpretation of meaning. Best of all, it will engage and enlarge your heart.”
~Elizabeth Bugental, Psychotherapist and Author of AgeSong: Meditations for Later Years
This book is a practical guide for people who work and live with relatives or residents with symptoms of forgetfulness. The authors offer ideas and tips dealing with symptoms such as aggression and wandering, but they also explore a new way of understanding the people for whom we care. They ask the basic existential questions: What are the possible meanings of forgetfulness? What purpose does it serve for both caregiver and the one experiencing forgetfulness?
The AgeSong Guru Week Video: AgeSong Interns Discussion shares a discussion between AgeSong Interns and Guru Project doctors Dr Richard Taylor, Dr Allen Power and Dr Nader Shabahangi. This group session of AgeSong’s Guru Week includes discussion about how to look at Forgetfulness (Dementia/Alzheimer’s) from different perspectives, how to have a different viewpoint about the behaviors associated with Forgetfulness, how to continue to evolve therapies and treatments for Forgetfulness and how to reduce stigma associated with Forgetfulness.
From an AgeSong Guru Project perspective Dr Taylor, Dr Power and Dr Nader Shabahangi talk with the AgeSong Gero-Wellness Interns on how “Forgetfulness” affects the patient and how to interpret the behaviors.
Dr Richard Taylor talks about being a person who has been diagnosed with “forgetfulness,” dementia of the Alzheimer’s variety. The AgeSong interns ask him questions regarding what he experiences. He talks about how the changes in his brain and learning to live with them. His insightful talk covers his experiences of the fear and frustration that accompanies the changes that happen in a persons brain. He gives these as examples of the types of things that can be behind what are called the “acting out behaviors.”
Dr Allen Power adds to the discussion by suggesting a talk about “terminology.” The APA in recognizing the stigma attached to the term has dropped “Dementia” from DSM-5 and is now using “Major and Minor Cognitive Disorders.” At AgeSong they use the term “forgetfulness.” In writing his first book, “Dementia Beyond Drugs” he rewrote the definition of ‘Dementia” because he acknowledges the stigmas around the words we use “behavior problems,” “acting out” are so powerful he believes that the make it difficult to see new solutions. In his book he re-defined it as a “shift in the way a person experiences the world around her or him.” Because this discussion is with the Gero-Wellness interns Dr Power jumps ahead into the more person-center approaches. He discusses the “Needs Based Dementia Compromised Behavior Model.” That basically says when people have expressions or actions it is often the result of unmet needs. Dr Power suggests that might not cover it completely…what about aesthetic enjoyment? If you just use this model and you have Alzheimer’s then everything you do gets pathologized as unmet needs. Dr Power suggests a model he has been working with which is a modified version of Maslow’s Hierachy of Needs. He goes through the pyramid diagram and describes his thoughts on the “needs.”
Nader talks about taking cues from the Existential Humanistic Psychotherapy model and not do psychotherapy as cognition but as emotion. Dr Shabahangi suggests that one of the gift sthat people with forgetfulness can bring in our lives is to give us the opportunity to be able to live more emotionally in the moment and not so much in our cognitive mind.
The AgeSong Interns and Guru Project doctors continue the topical discussions touching on more subjects including dealing with our aging society, the changes that have occurred within the last 30 years in psychology, the challenges inherent in Existential Humanistic based eldercare.
The last 25 minutes of the video is a fantastic back and forth between the AgeSong Interns and doctors.
The AgeSong Guru Project is a year-long initiative which focuses on comprehensive care partnerships with elders to understand need-driven behaviors and minimize risky use of psychotropic medication.
To complete this project AgeSong has engaged in a partnership with Psychiatrist and Pacific Institute board member Dr. Richard Patel; Geriatrician, Dr. Allen Power; and Psychologist, Dr. Richard Taylor.
“I am honored to have the opportunity to partner with three of the industry’s leading experts in the area of mental health to thoroughly explore the approach of care for those who are in various stages of forgetfulness, what is commonly diagnosed as Alzheimer’s and/or Dementia, with reduced use of medications,” AgeSong CEO and founder, Dr. Nader Shabahangi said. “The AgeSong Guru Project will focus on learning directly from elders who are living with the changes brought on by forgetfulness (Alzheimer’s/Dementia). Much of the industry resources focus on “instant gratification” medications that often restrict the life of the person, whose lifestyle is shifting due to mental and physical changes. This project is solely based on what elders verbal and non-verbal communication is trying to tell us. We will look at any behavior as an expression of need we, the observers and care partners, must explore and understand more deeply.”
AgeSong invites Dr Richard Patel, Dr Allen Power and Dr Richard Taylor with Dr Nader Shabahangi to present at The AgeSong Guru Week Biomedical Convention to discuss insights into different perspectives on forgetfulness, Alzheimer’s and dementia care. The Biomedical Convention of the partners in the Guru project explores different viewpoints of Forgetfulness, Alzheimer’s and Dementia care with a focus on well-being and enablement.
The AgeSong Guru Project sponsors AgeSong Guru Week Biomedical Convention Presentation with Dr Richard Patel, Dr Allen Power, Dr Richard Taylor and Dr Nader Shabahangi.
The purpose of the AgeSong Guru Project, a year-long initiative, is to look at creating comprehensive care partnerships with elders to understand need-driven behaviors and minimize risky use of psychotropic medication. Not using a text-book to learn about a patient but having the patient be the textbook and teach us what they need. This is contrary to the trend of treating these individuals from a deficit-based perspective. This perspective looks at helping people with changing cognition have more comprehensive care that allows them to be enabled and re-enabled.
Dr Richard Patel
Dr Richard Patel is a professor at USCF in Psychiatry, works at San Francisco General in Psychiatry and Neurology in the ER and is in private practice. His experiences in these areas have lead him to the belief that patient care is about the whole person. And comprehensive care is about the friends, family, community and environment around the person.
Dr Allen Power
Dr Allen Power, is a board certified internist and geriatrician, clinical associate professor of medicine at the University of Rochester. Dr Power is the author of paradigm shifting books including “Dementia Beyond Drugs: Changing the Culture of Care” and the latest, “Dementia Beyond Disease.” As an internist he had been prescribing psychotropic medications to his patients. In his practice he discovered that he was questioning the efficacy of a medication-focused perspective. He started to believe well-being is more important than taking a deficit-based approach. He shares insights from his experiences.
Dr Richard Taylor
Dr Richard Taylor is a retired psychologist and author of “Alzheimer’s from the Inside Out.” As a doctor with dementia himself he has experienced and discusses some of the fundamental changes that happen in the process. He talks not only the change of state that happens internally but that which happen in external relationships also. He has experienced the change that occurs within the circle of family, friends as community. Dr Taylor eloquently discusses his experience of living well with dementia.
Dr Nader Shabahangi
Dr Nader Shabahangi, AgeSong CEO and founder, is a licensed psychotherapist. He is founder of Pacific Institute, a non-profit that offers innovative forgetfulness (dementia) and eldercare and has with the Pacific Institute Internship team, implemented the Gerontological Wellness Program (GeroWellness Program.) Dr Shabahangi in his work with AgeSong advocates for a shift in focus from labels for patients with changing cognition. At AgeSong they refer to patients with changing cognition such as Alzheimer’s and dementia as experiencing “forgetfulness.” This change to a broad non-clinical description is reducing the stress and stigma in the associated care of the individual. The AgeSong vision is one of a humanistic and whole-person approach to the culture of care provided within AgeSong residences and programs.
The speakers at the Biomedical Convention of the AgeSong Guru Project speak about comprehensive care partnerships with people who are experiencing changing cognition. The goal is understanding the need-driven behaviors and minimizing risky use of psychotropic medication. The talk covers forgetfulness, dementia, dementia care and the importance of changing the culture of care. Included are the personal insights offered from Dr Taylor from the perspective of an individual who is working to achieve a state of “living well” with changing cognition in the world as it exists today.
The AgeSong Guru Project The AgeSong Guru Project is a one-year initiative that will focus on comprehensive care partnerships with elders to understand need-driven behaviors and minimize risky use of psychotropic medication. To complete this project AgeSong has engaged in a partnership with Psychiatrist and Pacific Institute board member Dr. Richard Patel, Geriatrician Dr. Allen Power, and Psychologist Dr. Richard Taylor.
AgeSong Visiting Guests Dr. Allen Power & Dr. Richard Taylor
Psychiatrist and Pacific Institute board member Dr. Richard Patel welcomes geriatrician Dr. Allen Power (Dementia Beyond Drugs) and psychologist Dr. Richard Taylor (Alzheimer’s from the Inside Out) to San Francisco and Oakland for a series of lectures, discussions, and workshops inspired by the wisdom in changes associated with aging and forgetting. Dr. Taylor has been living with forgetfulness (diagnosed dementia) for over ten years. He will give the audience a revealing account of his experience. Beyond Labeling: Exploring the Elephant is a forum for sharing the vision of the AgeSong Guru Project and celebrating the mystery and richness of being human.
Biomedical Convention REGISTER FOR THE EVENT Dr. Power, Dr. Taylor, with Dr. Patel Tuesday, February 17th, 11:30am – 1:00pm AgeSong Laguna Grove, Laguna Grove Terrace 624 Laguna Street, San Francisco, CA 94102
Guru Launch Gala
REGISTER FOR THE EVENT
Dr. Power, Dr. Taylor, with Dr. Shabahangi Friday, February 20th, 5:00pm – 8:00pm AgeSong University, University Chapel 350 University Street, San Francisco, CA 94134
Deeper into the Soul: Beyond Dementia and Alzheimer’s Towards Forgetfulness Care
by Nader Robert Shabahangi, Ph.D. & Bogna Szymkiewicz, Ph.D.
Elders Academy Press, 2008
This book is a practical guide for people who work and live with relatives or residents with symptoms of forgetfulness.
In Deeper into the Soul: Beyond Dementia and Alzheimer’s Toward Forgetfulness Care, the authors invite us to shift our attitude toward dementia, or Forgetfulness, as they call it. Accompanying us are four characters—a sage, a psychologist, a physician, and an intern—who each sees Forgetfulness from a different viewpoint. The goal is to develop a perspective which includes the basic ingredients of openness, curiosity and acceptance.
Deeper into the Soul reminds us that each stage of forgetfulness is a meaningful part of the life journey, during which people experience important emotional and spiritual experiences. The authors remind us that with each effort to understand others, we expand our view of the world.