We were delighted to host Dr. Tia Powell in November for a unique collection of professional and community events. Dr. Tia Powell, Professor of Epidemiology and Psychiatry at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine, recently published her book “Dementia Reimagined: Building a Life of Joy and Dignity from Beginning to End.” Dr. Powell wrote her book after caring for both her grandmother and mother with dementia and realizing the challenges that exist in today’s society related to care and what we can do for those who are living with dementia, right now, to keep life meaningful and joyful.
Dr. Powell began her visit with a stimulating standing-room only presentation to medical students, clinicians, and researchers at the University of Michigan Department of Neurology’s Grand Rounds, where she shared her thoughts about how so much of what they do goes far beyond providing medications. Following this presentation, she held a book reading at Literati Bookstore in downtown Ann Arbor. Dr. Powell closed with a visit to the Center’s Wellness Initiative’s Caregiver Wellness Day at Matthaei Botanical Gardens, where she led an interactive discussion with family caregivers before signing a copy of her book for all in attendance.
We certainly learned a lot from Dr. Powell while she was here, and very much look forward to hosting more events like this in the future. Dr. Powell’s presentation can be found on the Michigan Alzheimer’s Disease Center’s YouTube channel here for those who are interested.