New Schlegel Chair in Aging and Dementia Innovation

February 7, 2017

The Schlegel-University of Waterloo Research Institute for Aging (RIA) is pleased to announce that Dr. Allen Power has joined the organization as Schlegel Chair in Aging and Dementia Innovation.

Dr. Power is a geriatrician, skilled educator and published author. He is internationally respected for his work challenging the use of antipsychotic medications for people living with dementia. With over two decades of experience in long-term care in the United States, he witnessed first-hand how institutional practices can cause more harm than good.

This experience inspired and compelled Dr. Power to develop a new approach to care for those with changing cognition. His revolutionary thinking made it possible to enhance well-being without reliance on potentially harmful medications. His first book, Dementia Beyond Drugs: Changing the Culture of Care was named a 2010 Book of the Year by the American Journal of Nursing, and was re-released in October 2016.

Dr. Power’s work also explores the broader issue of aging in today’s society and he is an active advocate for culture change. He has been invited to all corners of the globe to speak about transforming communities so that all older citizens can enjoy and flourish in their later years.

“My work is focused on creating inclusive communities, where citizens are not segregated by cognitive ability,” says Dr. Power, “I am thrilled to be joining the RIA team where I can expand this work and collaborate with top quality researchers and innovative communities like Schlegel Villages. Together we can explore the impact of these efforts.”

Over the next few years, Dr. Power will partner with RIA researchers to advance innovative approaches to aged care and dementia. He will focus on bringing this knowledge into practice to transform the culture of care, from philosophical to system shifts, to physical design concepts for community living.

“Dr. Power is recognized around the world for his expertise and advocacy efforts to change the way we think about aging and those living with cognitive challenges,” says Josie d’Avernas, Executive Director at RIA. “He will be an asset to RIA as we continue to innovate and challenge current practices to ensure better quality of life for all older adults.”

In addition to his role with RIA, Dr. Power is a Clinical Associate Professor of Medicine at the University of Rochester, and a Fellow of the American College of Physicians and American Society for Internal Medicine. He is also a Certified Eden Alternative Educator and a member of the Eden Alternative board of directors.

About the Schlegel-UW Research Institute for Aging
The Schlegel-University of Waterloo Research Institute for Aging (RIA) is a non-profit, charitable organization that partners with the University of Waterloo, Conestoga College Institute of Technology and Advanced Learning, Schlegel Villages, and many other organizations and academic institutions, to enhance the quality of life and care of older adults. By integrating research, education and practice, RIA supports practice-relevant research and mobilizes research evidence so it can inform programs, be integrated into education and training, and influence practice and policy. The best of what is learned is then shared broadly to benefit older adults everywhere. For more information go to

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