The What and How of Change Leadership: Transforming Cultures and our Approach to Ageing Care with Dr. Allen Power

Published on April 18, 2024

In episode 49 of The HQ Podcast, Dr. Allen Power, Schlegel Chair in Aging and Dementia Innovation at the Schlegel—University of Waterloo Research Institute for Aging in Ontario and keynote speaker at the upcoming Walk With Me 2024 conference, joins us to explore the relationship between leadership, culture change, and organizational transformation all so very critical to changing our approach to long-term care and caring for our ageing population.

Dr. Power, an internationally recognized educator on transformational models of care for older adults, brings deep insight into the essence of culture change, the role of leadership in healthcare transformation, and the profound impact of these elements on long-term care and dementia care practices.

This episode of The HQ Podcast is a must-listen for anyone interested in infusing more well-being into our systems of caring for those aging – because at some point, each and every one of us is going to need a system that intersects with our own values – and if we wouldn’t want to be served in our current system, how can we not be committed to changing it for our own futures, if not for those who need it today?

If you’re interested in learning more from Dr. Allen Power, be sure to connect with the upcoming Walk With Me 2024 conference taking place May 1st-3rd, 2024 in Ottawa.


Key Discussions:

The Essence of Culture Change: Dr. Power’s perspective on culture change and its significance in healthcare and personal passion.

Defining Transformation in Healthcare: Unpacking the buzzword ‘transformation’ and what it means for real-world healthcare practices.

Leadership Challenges in Healthcare and Long-Term Care: An exploration of the specific leadership challenges in these sectors and strategies for overcoming them.

Leadership’s Role in Transformation and Culture Change: How leadership can effectively drive change and the qualities leaders must embody to facilitate this process.

Approaching Aging and Dementia Care: Dr. Power’s vision for long-term care and dementia care, including his call to action for stakeholders.

Employee Engagement and Wellness Post-Pandemic: Reflections on the pandemic’s lessons for employee well-being and engagement in the context of cultural transformation.


About Dr. Allen Power

Dr. Allen Power is an internist, geriatrician, and Schlegel Chair in Aging and Dementia Innovation at the Schlegel—University of Waterloo Research Institute for Aging in Ontario, Canada. He is also clinical associate professor of medicine at the University of Rochester, NY, and an internationally recognized educator on transformational models of care for older adults, particularly those living with changing cognitive abilities.

Dr. Power’s book, Dementia Beyond Drugs: Changing the Culture of Care was named a 2010 Book of the Year by the American Journal of Nursing. His second book, Dementia Beyond Disease: Enhancing Well-Being was released by Health Professions Press in 2014 and the second edition of Dementia Beyond Drugs was released in 2017. He has given workshops and seminars on this topic in 18 countries across 5 continents.

Dr. Power is also a trained musician and songwriter with four recordings. Peter, Paul and Mary performed his song of elder autonomy, “If You Don’t Mind”, and Walter Cronkite used his song, “I’ll Love You Forever” in a 1995 Discovery Channel profile of American families. He also recently co-wrote the songs for singer/songwriter Anne Hills’ 2021 album, Accidental August, and their song, “Witness” was composed for the 2022 Pioneer/Green House conference.

Dr. Power is currently working with Dr. Jennifer Carson and Pat Sprigg on a new book about creating inclusive communities for people living with dementia.


Helpful Links:

Dr. Allen Power | Website: Click Here

Dr. Allen Power | LinkedIn: Click Here

Walk With Me 2024 | Website: Click Here

Research Institute for Aging (RIA) | Website: Click Here

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