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Tia Powell, MD, is on a mission. "I want to change the way people think about dementia," she says. "I want people to be a bit more hopeful."
Long before she held her current role as Director of the Montefiore Einstein Center for Bioethics, Dr. Powell found herself in a precarious position. Despite her background as a psychiatrist and medical school professor, she didn't feel prepared to handle challenges facing her own family.
"Both my mother and grandmother had dementia," she says. "There is a big difference in having academic expertise and going through something in real life. I found there were so many things I didn't know that I wish I had."
So she started researching. She dug through 100 years of medical journals, interviewed experts at Montefiore and elsewhere, and talked to people with dementia and their families. The result is a new book—Dementia Reimagined: Building a Life of Joy and Dignity from Beginning to End.
Dr. Powell's passion for helping other deal with dementia comes at a good time. Globally, 50 million people ave the disease today—with 10 million new cases estimated each year. Roughly 26,000 Bronx residents currently hold dementia diagnoses.
"I'm passionate about better caring for people with dementia beyond the search for a pharmaceutical cure," she says. By tying together her own personal experience with dementia's history and the innovative ways doctors and family members now help those with the disease, Dr. Powell is powering her colleagues, her community, her world—and herself—to effect real change.
"I think there should be joy in every life," she says. "That's what keeps me going."
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