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The Best Friends Book of Alzheimer's Activities, Vol. 1 Paperback – September 10, 2004


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  • Paperback: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Health Professions Press; 8/19/11 2,016 copies reprinted - error in front-matter : copywight page duplicated. CG - Production will have Versa pick-up reprint and tear-and-tip in corrected pages then return corrected inventory to Maple 147 creative activities to engage people with dementia. For home and residential care settings. Book synopsis: Grounded in the now well-known Best Friends approach to Alzheimer's care, this latest BF book focuses on activity planning for long-term care and adult day service settings. It groups 147 activities by the function they serve in people's lives: e.g., providing a sense of connection to other people, being artistic, making a contribution to others, learning new things, providing domestic care, filling evenings. Each activity includes a brief summary of its purpose and how to carry it out, then is accompanied by helpful tips and suggestions for communication as well as ways to extend or vary the activity. Authors have highlighted what essential needs are met by each activity - sensory, spiritual, physical exercise, and humor, for example - as well as how to conduct the activity in ways consistent with the Best Friends philosophy. · Why is this book important and how does it fit into our list? This book extends our line of Best Friends titles and promotes the principle of treating people with Alz with dignity and humanity. edition (September 10, 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1878812882
  • ISBN-13: 978-1878812889
  • Product Dimensions: 10.9 x 8.5 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #45,411 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"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 2001-01-01)

"a wonderful resource ... very practical for staff, volunteers, and family members. This book will be one of your most-used resources" (Creative Forecasting 2001-01-01)

"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 2001-01-01)

“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. She’s 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 Alzheimer’s and memory care. He’s 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 he’s worked in the field, he’s also served as an Executive Board member of the American Public Health Association and the Ethics Advisory Panel for the US National Alzheimer’s Association. David has co-authored four influential books (most notably, The Best Friends Approach to Alzheimer’s Care) on Alzheimer’s relating to the disease care as well as staff development and training. David’s “Best Friends Approach” is built on a seemingly simple premise: that what people living with memory loss need most is a friend – a best friend. David teaches caregivers how to understand and fulfill this “Best Friends” 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.

More About the Author

Internationally known Alzheimer's disease and memory care expert David Troxel is committed to improving the quality of life for persons with dementia and their families. David and coauthor Virginia Bell drew from their experiences with persons with dementia, family members and adult day center care to develop the highly regarded Best Friends Approach™ to Alzheimer's care. Easy to understand, learn and apply, this comprehensive philosophy is built on a seemingly simple premise: what people living with memory loss need most is a friend - a best friend.

David's professional journey took a personal turn when he became a caregiver and best friend to his mother Dorothy, who passed away from Alzheimer's in 2009. Through books, presentations, and consulting, David teaches family care partners and professional staff how to understand and fulfill this "Best Friends" role.

David holds a Master's Degree in Public Health from Rutgers Medical School (now UMDNJ/Robert Wood Johnson Medical School). During his 25 years in the field, he has also served as an Executive Board member of the American Public Health Association and a member of the former Ethics Advisory Panel for the U.S. Alzheimer's Association. David has co-authored five influential books relating to Alzheimer's disease care as well as staff development and training.

Learn more about David Troxel and the Best Friends Approach™ at www.bestfriendsapproach.com or www.facebook.com/bestfriendsapproach

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18 of 19 people found the following review helpful By D. C. Parrotta on September 19, 2007
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As an owner of 2 assisted living homes in Arizona, we are always looking for new and innovative ways to incorporate different activities into the residents' day. We ordered the first book in this series to try out the activities. Needless to say, we're ordering the remaining books because it has become such a hit!
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Melanie Anderson on March 26, 2008
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As the Executive Director of an assisted living community, I am ultimately responsible for resident care and activities in our dementia unit. The Best Friend approach is the best philosophy around for providing resident care in our setting. The Best Friends Book of Alzheimer's Activities is user friendly; it shows how simple, day to day activities can work to make residents feel a sense of connection and accomplishment.
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Amy L. Krzeszewski on January 16, 2008
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This book is a great resource for families, friends, and professionals working with elderly individuals in general and especially those with dementia and other memory disorders. It provides excellent activity ideas along with great ideas on modifying activities to increase the impact and benefit for both patients and caregivers. it is an excellent resource for activity departments, therapists working with elderly, organizers for groups of elderly individuals and family members trying to maintain or enhance the lives of their loved ones.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on December 8, 2012
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Careing fr my Mom at home by myself is a real challenge. This book is packed full of ideas that will makelife a little more interesting for my Mom and a lot more bearable for me.
5 star Kudos, well done!
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12 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Susan Berg on December 7, 2006
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This book suggests many ideas for activities for people with Alzheimer's disease and related dementias that can help stimulate the mind which is so important to maintain brain function. There is a wide variety to meet most people's interests. Also ways to engage people are discussed.

by Susan Berg author of Adorable Photographs of Our Baby: Meaningful, Mind Stimulating Activities and More for the Memory Challenged, Their Loved Ones, and Involved Professionals
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Ella on December 9, 2011
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We purchased this book several months ago and I would highly recommend it - there are a variety of activities to stimulate the brain and keep the mind active and engaged. This is so very important in Alzheimers disease. Worth the price and easy to reaad.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Deborah M. Sullivan on January 22, 2013
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I highly recommend this book for care givers of Alzheimer's. I was told by a social worker to buy this book along with the "36-hour day". I'm glad I did.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By mary ann on July 9, 2014
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I was hoping for more one-on-one activities. The group activities are excellent, but we do not have an activity director for large groups. The book is valuable for groups. I found personal care opportunities staff can use as very helpful positive interaction.
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