The Best Friends Approach to Alzheimer's Care

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Health Professions Press, 1997 - Health & Fitness - 250 pages
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Because Alzheimer's disease affects each person differently, caregivers continue to search for methods that can meet diverse needs. The Best Friends Approach to Alzheimer's Care offers an uplifting, effective method for the care of people with Alzheimer's disease. This comprehensive program uses positive strategies that build on older adults' remaining strengths and abilities. It's easy to learn and simple to implement. The basic elements found in any good friendship -- respect, empathy, support, trust, humor--are what give the Best Friends model the flexibility to adapt to individuals at all points along the ever-changing continuum of the disease process. Whether dealing with confusion, frustration, anxiety, anger, or other challenges, caregivers will find in this volume the specific tools they need to solve problems and improve care recipients' behavior -- compassionately and effectively. Learn how to ensure the highest quality of life for people with Alzheimer's disease, not just by preventing catastrophic episodes but by making every day consistently reassuring, enjoyable, and secure.

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About the author (1997)

Virginia Bell's poetry has appeared in CALYX, a Journal of Art and Literature by Women, The Mom Egg, Poet Lore, Pebble Lake Review, Wicked Alice, Ekphrasis, Contrary Magazine, Woman Made Gallery's Her Mark: a Journal of Art and Poetry, and Beltway Poetry Quarterly, as well as in the anthologies Brute Neighbors: Urban Nature Poetry, Prose and Photography and A Writers' Congress: Chicago Poets on Barack Obama's Inauguration. Bell has a Ph.D. in Comparative Literature and has published articles on activist writers such as Eduardo Galeano and Leslie Marmon Silko, and also the Instructor's Resource Manual for Beyond Borders: A Cultural Reader (Houghton Mifflin, 2003). She is an associate editor with RHINO Magazine and an adjunct professor at Loyola University Chicago, where she particularly enjoys teaching courses on Women in Literature and Early American Literature.

David Troxel is an expert on the best practices in Alzheimer's care and is a popular keynote speaker at conferences related to Alzheimer's and aging services.

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