The Best Friends Approach to Alzheimer's Care

Review by Dale Anglund, Staff Writer
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"The Best Friends Approach to Alzheimer's Care"
by Virginia Bell and David Troxel

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Both Virginia Bell and David Troxel are recognized nationally for their work with Alzheimer's Disease. They have 20 years of experience working with families and in university, community and adult day care settings.

What does it take to be a friend to a person with Alzheimer's Disease? This book shows how easily you can make a difference in the life of a family member or client in your care.

Families will gain a renewed sense of hope. Nursing facility staff will find simple applications for resident care. Adult day center staff will enrich programming and attract more volunteers. Individuals with emerging Alzheimer's Disease will gain valuable insights.

Section One: About Alzheimer's Disease
Chapter One - The Experience of Alzheimer's Disease
Chapter Two - Alzheimer's Disease Basics -
Chapter Three - Assessing Remaining Strengths and Abilities

Section Two: The Best Friends Model of Care
Chapter Four -  An Alzheimer's Disease Bill of Rights
Chapter Five - the Art of Friendship
Chapter Six - the Life Story
Chapter Seven - the "Knack" of Alzheimer's Care

Section Three: The Best Friends Model in Action
Chapter Eight, The Best Friends Approach to Communication
Chapter Nine, The Best Friends Approach to Activities
Chapter Ten, The Best Friends Approach at Home
Chapter Eleven, The Best Friends approach to Adult Day Services
Chapter Twelve, The Best Friends Approach in Long-Term Care Facilities

Section Four: The Best Friends Model a New Day
Chapter Thirteen - Being One's Own Best Friend
Chapter Fourteen - Light out of Darkness

Appendixes of resources and select readings conclude the book.

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