Dr. Potts Speaks on Persistence of Personhood in Dementia

In early December 2011 Cognitive Dynamics President Daniel C. Potts, M.D. was honored to speak for Dr. Michael Parker’s Gerontology end-of -the-year celebration in the Department of Social Work at the University of Alabama.  The topic was the persistence of personhood in late stage Alzheimer’s disease.  Dr. Potts used the example of his father’s late stage Alzheimer’s art to illustrate the incredible creative power of the mind, even the mind ravaged by Alzheimer’s disease, and advocated for person-centered care in these individuals, including the use of the expressive arts therapies.  The Chair of the Alabama Department of Geriatric Psychiatry, the head of the University of Alabama Elderlaw Center, the Executive Director of Caring Days and the head of the Tuscaloosa VA Medical Center were in attendance.

Dr. Michael Parker's class at the Univeristy of Alabama