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The Best Friends Approach to Alzheimer's Care Paperback – November 21, 2002

ISBN-13: 000-1878812351 ISBN-10: 1878812351 Edition: 1st

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  • Paperback: 250 pages
  • Publisher: Health Professions Press; 1st edition (November 21, 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1878812351
  • ISBN-13: 978-1878812353
  • Product Dimensions: 8.9 x 6 x 0.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #38,752 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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The best Alzheimer's caregivers, say Bell and Troxel, become friends with the knack for calmly directing sufferers through their frightening confusion. Responding with the knack guides a patient to acceptable behavior while providing "cuing about roles and identities." For instance, to a patient's inappropriate sexual advance toward his daughter, a "no-knack approach" would be to angrily respond, "You dirty old man! Stop that" ; one with the knack would be, "Daddy, it's Mary, your daughter. Look what I have here--a photograph of Mother. Isn't she pretty?" The responses suggested for other situations are similar. Bell and Troxel stress that Alzheimer's victims are usually confused, not malevolent or willful, and compassion and indulgence will keep situations from worsening and enhance peace of mind for caregiver and patient alike. This approach is time and energy intensive, but its decency makes the book a potential gold mine for afflicted families. The fill-in-the-blanks "Best Friends Assessment" form, however, makes the book problematic for libraries. Mike Tribby

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"If a single book can provide an understanding of how to provide care to people with Alzheimer's disease, this could be it." ---Reviewer

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Great information and very helpful!
Debbie Underwood
This is an excellent resource for training programs and for anyone wanting to develop skills in working with persons with Alzheimer's Disease or dementia.
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"The Best Friend's Approach to Alzheimer's Care" confirms the experiences I continue to have with people living with Alzheimer's and related dementias.
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46 of 48 people found the following review helpful By FrKurt Messick HALL OF FAMETOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on June 12, 2003
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This past semester, my seminary (Christian Theological Seminary) was honoured to host Virginia and Wayne Bell as they led a conference on Spirituality and Aging. As we approach a time in which the issues of aging will take increasing prominence, as the baby-boomers reach a collectively-older age than any generation in history has reached, the issues surrounding health care for the elderly are of primary importance, and part of that health is mental (which includes spiritual) health. The Bells have spent much time investigating and helping in the area of Alzheimer's, a disease that affects mind, body and spirit. Virginia Bell, together with a colleague, David Troxel, collaborated on two books (one of which is the the subject of this review) presenting an innovative way for care of those with Alzheimer's: `The Best Friends Approach to Alzheimer's Care'.
Virginia Bell, MSW, is currently Program Consultant with the Lexington/Bluegrass Chapter of the Alzheimer's Association. She is a graduate of Transylvania University and the University of Kentucky, and has lectured widely at national and international conference. Her co-author, David Troxel, works with the Santa Barbara chapter of the Alzheimer's Association.
`"The Best Friends Approach to Alzheimer's Care" reflects a growing optimism in the field of Alzheimer's care that much can be done to improve the lives of people with the disease and to transform caregiving from a terrible burden to care that is manageable. This book represents the development of the first comprehensive model of care, which is easy to understand and learn.'
At the start of the book, Bell and Troxel describe the various experiences of those with Alzheimer's.
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26 of 27 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on August 27, 1999
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This book is a must for anyone, including family, caregiver, or friend who knows someone with Alzheimers. The "best friends" approach is a caring, sensitive and thoughful way to work with and care for those with this disease. The authors provide practical examples of dealing with behavior problems, planning activities and most importantly how to be a "friend" to the person with Alzheimers. The authors have done a superb job of providing a creative yet common sense approach to caring for those with this disease.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Marjorie Frazier on April 27, 2002
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Seeing the Helping Hands Adult Day Care program, which is the fruit of the philosophy of this work, was a life changing event for me. The caring and love shown by the staff of Helping Hands are living testiment to the dedication of workers to improve the quality of life for clients affected by the devastation of Alzheimer's Disease and other dementias. If all facilities, both assisted living and nursing homes, truly invested in this approach, life would indeed be different for the persons affected by this disease and their caregivers. A definite must for those struggling with the problems of caregiving those with Alzheimer's disease.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By robin edmundson on January 4, 2007
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I read this book as part of training to lead activities in an adult day center. It is thorough, concise and very reader friendly. This is an excellent resource for training programs and for anyone wanting to develop skills in working with persons with Alzheimer's Disease or dementia. This book is a must have.
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11 of 13 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on January 27, 2000
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Simple yet profound new way of caring about people with Alzheimer's. Easy to read with practical use.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Melba R. Ray on July 5, 2010
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This is a really great text outlining a different slant on how to care for the Alzheimers disorder. I love the concept utilized in this book, and have seen it at work in a local Adult Day-Services center. As a retired nursing professional I would like to see more use of this type of therapeutic care for the mentally impaired. I hope that the book will help to educate those who care for the aged, and AD persons. The families of those patients could be helped in their respite care.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By T Rose on August 15, 2013
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I am grateful for this book and approach. It's one of the first I read as I became a professional caregiver. "The Best Friend's Approach to Alzheimer's Care" confirms the experiences I continue to have with people living with Alzheimer's and related dementias. As family members or actual best friends, we might be saddened or disappointed when the one we care for "doesn't remember us." But become their best friend, and surprise them by being the one who knows his favorite songs, her proudest accomplishments, about "the swordfish you caught in aught-1" or "the quilts you made for every one of your children." Actual family members and friends have many real stories to tell; whether she calls you "Mom" "daughter" or "sister", you can bring a wealth of joy and laughter to the table, which can put a person at ease, creating trust, and therefore more readiness to connect and live as well as they can. David Troxel and Virginia Bell continue to create resources that can make life easier for caregivers. Thank you. Tryn Rose Seley, Author 15 Minutes of Fame: One Photo Does Wonders to Bring You Both Back to Solid Ground
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Gail Curtis on April 1, 2014
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Good basic information about dementia and Alzheimer's. I found it most helpful in understanding the change in relationship from father/daughter to friend/fried and what physical and mental changes would occur. I had uncomfortable visits when traveling to visit my Dad because I didn't know how to communicate. After reading this book, I brought him music which we actually danced to (for a short couple of steps), we looked at a picture book of WWII and he actually talked about being in the navy; and we looked at a picture book of sports cars, which he picked up and looked at over and over during the next couple of days. I was overjoyed to have been able to connect with him, and bring him something he would enjoy with his new limitations. I recommend it highly, and actually purchased this (2nd) copy for friends whose parents are in an Alzheimer's care facility.
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