"a valuable addition to any day centre or care home wanting to develop understanding of activity as being much more than providing entertainment and outings." (Journal of Dementia Care
"a wonderful resource ... very practical for staff, volunteers, and family members. This book will be one of your most-used resources" (Creative Forecasting
"A 'grab and go' book that was written to assist an activity director to take an everyday activity and turn it into something creative and meaningful. [The book] presents activity principles which are essential in developing programs that are appropriate and creative in maintaining dignity and quality of life." (The Director
“Troxel and Bell have done it again; their new book on activities will enrich, enliven and lighten the daily lives of both people with dementia and their family and professional caregivers. These pages offer dozens of creative, innovative ways to help people connect with one another, and that's a treasure for all of us.” (Kathy Laurenhue, President & CEO, Wiser Now 2001-01-01)
“Highgate Senior Living has embraced Best Friends™ as our core program philosophy. Our activities have been transformed by this person-centered approach. It has helped staff connect to residents as Best Friends and is a program that really works.” (Sheryl Sparks, Vice President, Highgate Senior Living, Vancouver, WA 2001-01-01)
About the Author
Virginia Bell has lectured widely on Alzheimer's disease at national and international conferences, speaking at 12 National Education Conferences of the Alzheimer's Association and lecturing at 18 conferences of Alzheimer's Disease International. Sheâs published journal articles and books, notably in Dementia Care: Patient, Family and Community (John Hopkins, 1989). Many of her articles have been reprinted numerous times: "The Alzheimer's Disease Bill of Rights" (1994), "The other Face of Alzheimer's Disease" (1999) and "Spirituality and the Person with Dementia" (2001), co-authored with David Troxel and published in the American Journal of Alzheimer's Disease and in the Alzheimer's Care Quarterly. She has also co-authored five books with David Troxel. Virginia is currently the Program Consultant for the Greater Kentucky and Southern Indiana Chapter of the Alzheimer's Association.
David Troxel is an internationally known expert in Alzheimerâs and memory care. Heâs best known for his work with residents and families, and is an informative and engaging speaker. David holds a Masters Degree in Public Health from Rutgers Medical School. During the 25 years that heâs worked in the field, heâs also served as an Executive Board member of the American Public Health Association and the Ethics Advisory Panel for the US National Alzheimerâs Association. David has co-authored four influential books (most notably, The Best Friends Approach to Alzheimerâs Care) on Alzheimerâs relating to the disease care as well as staff development and training. Davidâs âBest Friends Approachâ is built on a seemingly simple premise: that what people living with memory loss need most is a friend â a best friend. David teaches caregivers how to understand and fulfill this âBest Friendsâ role, including special caregiving techniques and tools. He lives in Sacramento as a writer, speaker and consultant.
Robin Hamon, M.S.W., is Family Support Coordinator for the Alzheimer's Disease Research Center at the University of Kentucky Sanders Brown Center on Aging. She worked with the Alzheimer's Association Lexington/Bluegrass Chapter for 11 years. During her tenure as program manager for the Helping Hand Day Center, she developed a creative art training program for staff and volunteers working with persons with dementia. Her special interests are in training and providing creative arts experiences for persons with dementia.
Tonya M. Cox, M.S.W., is Vice President of Education and Programs for the Alzheimer's Association serving greater Kentucky and southern Indiana. She began working in dementia care in 1995 in the Helping Hand Adult Day Program developing and leading activities for persons with memory loss. She also teaches and presents on activity programming and caring for persons with dementia.