The story of Lester Potts, sawmill worker turned painter following his Alzheimer’s diagnosis, is a story of inspiration and hope for those with loved one’s living with this terrible disease. The story of the impact Lester’s life had on the people who loved and cared for him is just as inspiring. Join Lester Pott’s son, Dr Daniel Potts, as he shares his father’s story and the many gifts he and others received during Lester’s Alzheimer’s journey. Dr. Potts, a neurologist by occupation, will share his perspective on how one can use art as a way of engaging the person still with us, in spite of their dementia. We will also discuss Dr. Pott’s changed perspective on Models of Care and the work he continues to do to bring Lester’s experience to others.
Daniel C. Potts, MD, FAAN
Daniel C Potts, MD, FAAN is a practicing neurologist, author, educator and champion of those living with Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias and their care partners. Named the 2008 Donald M. Palatucci Advocate of the Year within his field, he also has been designated an Architect of Change by Maria Shriver. In 2016, he received the Martha Myers Role Model Award, which honors physician alumni of U of Alabama whose lives epitomize the ideal of community service. He and wife, Ellen, authored A Pocket Guide for the Alzheimer’s Caregiver, recommended by the Alzheimer’s Association, the American Academy of Neurology and Maria Shriver. Inspired by his father’s transformation from saw miller to watercolor artist in the throes of dementia through person-centered care and the expressive arts, Dr. Potts seeks to make these therapies more widely available through his foundation, Cognitive Dynamics. He is passionate about promoting self-preservation & dignity for all with cognitive impairment.