Best Friends™ Approach to Alzheimer’s Care Seminar

5 out of 5 based on 1 customer rating
(3 customer reviews)

Speaker(s): Virginia Bell, M.S.W., David Troxel, M.P.H., Sarah Price, Melanie Sawatzky, Tonya M. Cox, M.S.W., and Cindy Lilly

Seminar Description

This inspirational presentation teaches participants how to care for someone with Alzheimer’s disease using the groundbreaking Best Friends™ approach. Led by Alzheimer’s experts, caregivers will learn to integrate the essential elements of friendship—respect, empathy, trust, and humor—into their care techniques.

Attendees of this seminar will learn how to

  • communicate with people with Alzheimer’s disease
  • handle challenging behaviors and encourage positive behaviors
  • plan meaningful activities
  • embrace older adults’ spirituality

Also as a part of this seminar, speakers Virginia Bell and David Troxel offer a brief community presentation for interested family members.

Seminar length:
Keynote presentation; 1/2 day inservice staff presentations; 1-3 day workshops

Number of participants:
This seminar can be customized for small or large groups

Who will benefit from this seminar:
Direct care staff, supervisors, and administrators in long-term care facilities; nurses, social workers, and psychologists who work with older adults; family caregivers

Seminar fee:
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Virginia Bell, M.S.W., is a recognized pioneer in dementia care. Awarded Robert Wood Johnson funding to establish one of the first dementia-specific adult day programs, she went on to create Best Friends™ with David Troxel. Bell speaks internationally on Best Friends™ and is Program Consultant for the Greater Kentucky/Southern Indiana Alzheimer’s Association chapter.

David Troxel, M.P.H., a consultant on dementia for the long-term care industry and an accomplished trainer, has co-authored 5 books with Virginia Bell. Troxel is know worldwide for his writings and teachings in the fields of Alzheimer’s care, staff development, training, and culture change in long-term care.

Sarah Price has been an active member of the Alzheimer awareness community for 20 years. With a Bachelor of Applied Science in Family Studies—Gerontology from the University of Guelph, Ontario, Sarah has first-hand experience with many facets of dementia care provision. Sarah is the co-founder of the Canadian Coalition of Adult Day Services and currently sits on the board of directors of the National Adult Day Services Association. With an eagerness for building relationships at the Board, staff and community level, Sarah is passionate about advocating for the person with dementia and their family by providing education and support to those that care for them.

Melanie Sawatzky holds a Bachelor of Arts degree, a Bachelor of Social Work degree, and a Certificate in Adult Education. She was previously the Program Manager for the Dementia Care Training Centre at the Alzheimer’s Society of Calgary and is currently the Education Coordinator for ICOM Productions. She has collaborated with numerous organizations in the social work and human services fields.

Tonya Cox, M.S.W., Director of Home and Community Based Services at Christian Care Communities, Inc., began developing activities for persons with memory loss in 1995. Cox teaches and presents on activity programming and caring for persons with dementia. She is a co-author of 2 Best Friends™ books.

The Best Friends™ Approach to Alzheimer’s Care Seminar is based on the principles found in The Best Friends™ Approach to Alzheimer’s Care. See below for the entire collection of Best Friends products.

3 reviews for Best Friends™ Approach to Alzheimer’s Care Seminar

  1. :

    “Very relevant to our work, easy to use — we can all do it.”
    – Michelle Reid, Victoria Order of Nurses, Simcoe County Canada

  2. :

    “This seminar gave me other ways to approach an AD client in difficult situations.”
    –Janet Webb, Victoria Order of Nurses, Simcoe County Canada

  3. 5 out of 5


    I had a super time meeting others who were interested in learning approaches to aid us in our care of the person and family living with dementia. The instruction was excellent and the information beneficial.

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