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The Best Friends Approach to Alzheimer's Care 1st Edition

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ISBN-10: 1878812351
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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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Product Details

  • Paperback: 250 pages
  • Publisher: Health Professions Press; 1st edition (November 21, 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1878812351
  • ISBN-13: 978-1878812353
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.7 x 8.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (32 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #49,555 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By FrKurt Messick HALL OF FAMEVINE 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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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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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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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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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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I bought this book because it sounded good, and I'm looking for a variety of approaches to working with persons living with AD. I LOVE THIS BOOK! It is so gentle, so positive, so logical, and so kind. I even love reading it because it is so giving and caring.

This book would be great for the family, friends caregivers, for professional caregivers and for persons who casually interact with our friends living with dementia. I am so happy that I stumbled across it.

I am a gerontologist and I love working with elders and meeting them in "their space." I so highly recommend this book for your library if you have a best friend to care for. I bought it used and it is in excellent condition.
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