20 Questions, 100 Answers, 6 Perspectives

20 Questions, 100 Answers, 6 Perspectives

20 Questions, 100 Answers, 6 Perspectives

A compilation of honest answers about Dementia from medical doctors, professional care partners, family of loved ones, and the one who lives it.
This two-disk DVD presents responses from six individuals who represent different perspectives on the topic of dementia: what it is and what it means to live with it and care for someone who has it. Responses from the six featured individual to the same set of questions are expertly interwoven into a compelling commentary that challenges viewers to rethink their own understanding of dementia. The speakers represent different areas of expertise and firsthand experience with the disease, from the person who has been diagnosed to a family caregiver, a professional caregiver, a nursing home medical director, a long-term care owner and operator, and a journalist and advocate. Their opinions sometimes differ, but together they paint a compassionate, respectful, and enlightening picture of the potential for people with dementia to live out their lives with dignity and positive engagement throughout the course of this progressive disease.
Narrated by Minneapolis TV journalist Julie Anderson, this DVD set features

  • Mona Johnson: cared for her father and created blog The Tangled Neuron
  • Judy Berry: founder of the Dementia Care Foundation an owner/operator of model dementia care communities specializing in care for people with aggressive behaviors.
  • Sarah Rowan: Eden board member and now inspirational speaker after caring for her doctor husband when he developed AD
  • Richard Taylor: former psychologist living with diagnosis of dementia, now speaker and advocate for the rights of people with AD
  • Al Power: geriatrician, nursing home medical director, dementia expert and author, and Eden Mentor
  • Bill Thomas: self-proclaimed nursing home abolitionist, expert in geriatric medicine, and founder of Eden Alternative and Green Houses
    The questions that are discussed revolve around the themes of Definitions (e.g., What is Alzheimer s? Why use care partner vs. caregiver?) In the doctor s office (e.g., How should a diagnosis be presented? Do drugs help?) Life after diagnosis (e.g., What is the importance of accepting the diagnosis? Can care partners understand what it s like to live with dementia?) Best care practices (e.g., What practices are best for families, professionals, and the person with dementia) Broad overview (e.g., What is the role of society and government in responding to dementia?)
  • The DVD is professionally filmed and edited, and it is easy to navigate through the different categories of questions.

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One Response to 20 Questions, 100 Answers, 6 Perspectives

  1. Anonymous says:
    5.0 out of 5 stars
    Good ideas & perspectives from people with a positive approach to living with dementia (for diagnosed people and care partners), February 27, 2013
    By 
    Angie (Madison, Wisconsin, USA) –

    This review is from: 20 Questions, 100 Answers, 6 Perspectives (DVD)
    I borrowed this dvd using the interlibrary loan system. I really wanted to see it because I knew several of the speakers are leaders with cutting edge ideas and perspectives on how diagnosed person and caregiver can continue to live joyful, purposeful life in spite of the disease. Richard Taylor is well known as a diagnosed person who is a writer and speaker about how it feels to have alzheimer’s and how people with dementia want to be treated. Al Powers and Bill Thomas are doctors and leaders in field of creating care facilities that provide happy, purposeful, engaging environments, by training staff and counseling family caregivers. Judy Berry opened two care facilities of her own after seeing the untrained care her mother received and the devastating effect it had on her mother’s daily life – her facililites are models for true person centered care for people with dementia, and use care approaches which nearly eliminate the use of sedating drugs by understanding the needs of residents judged aggressive by other less educated care facilities. These were the four speakers whose work I am familiar with.

    I was not familiar with Mona Johnson or Sarah Rowan – both were family caregivers. They and Richard Thomas let us in on how they and their families handled various parts of the journey, to good and the bad, and what they would do different. It’s an education of their experiences and I found it interesting and very helpful.

    I plan to buy this dvd and use it for community education presentations. I think it’s a great resource, giving people a realistic AND HOPEFUL look at what lies ahead – not the usual gloom and doom which drags so many diagnosed people and their caregivers down. It’s a 2 dvd set – two hours of interviews organized well.

    The panel was not actually together when they were asked the questions – they were asked to respond without knowing what other panel members said, so they could give their own view without being influenced by other comments. The questions are asked in the order below; they switch between panel members for each question. The approaches to answers are different, interesting.

    I think the blurb on the back cover is true:
    “Not all these answers agree with each other. Much like life, depending on your own personal knowledge and experience you must make up your own mind, your own answers. Watching this dvd should help you do this quicker, and you should feel surer about your own opinions/answers.”

    The questions asked were:
    DEFINITION:
    What is Dementia?
    What is Alzheimer’s disease?
    What are your general approaches?
    What is caregiver vs. care partner
    IN THE DOCTOR’S OFFICE:
    How should a doctor relay dementia or Alzheimer’s disease diagnosis?
    What is the best way for a physician to present a diagnosis?
    How would you like a diagnosis relayed as a patient/family member?
    What role would you like to take in planning treatment?
    What criteria should families or professionals use to decide what drug to use?
    Is there a need for someone with dementia to enroll in clinical trial?
    LIFE AFTER DIAGNOSIS:
    Why do people resist accepting a diagnosis?
    What is the importance of accepting a diagnosis of dementia?
    Are people with dementia really fading away?
    How can someone with dementia live a purposeful life?
    Some topics of discussion at a family dinner table.
    What about hope?
    BEST CARE PRACTICE:
    Can care partners understand what its like to live with dementia?
    What are best care practices for families, professional and those with dementia?
    How can care partners minimize stress?
    When it the right time to move to a care facility?
    GENERAL BROADER VIEW:
    What is the role of society and government in understanding and responding to dementia?

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