Los Mejores Amigos en el Cuidado de Alzheimer


ISBN 978-1-932529-39-5
340 pages
5 5/8″ x 8 1/2″ papercover
© 2008

2009 National Mature Media Awards Winner

Read the Los Mejores Amigos en el Cuidado de Alzheimer Press Release (Comunicado de prensa) in English or Spanish.

Now available in Spanish, The Best Friends Approach to Alzheimer’s Care is your guide to the groundbreaking and uplifting method for the care of people with Alzheimer’s disease. Discover the power of the essential elements of friendship: respect, empathy, support, trust, humor. These are the building blocks of a care model that’s both effective and flexible enough to adapt to each person’s remaining strengths and abilities. It’s easy. It’s natural. It works.

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.

This resource includes an introduction by Lilia Mendoza, founder of the Mexican Alzheimer’s Society.


Section I: About Alzheimer’s Disease

  1. The Experience of Alzheimer’s Disease
  2. Alzheimer’s Disease Basics
  3. Assessing Remaining Strengths and Abilities

Section II: The Best Friends Model of Care

  1. An Alzheimer’s Disease Bill of Rights
  2. The Art of Friendship
  3. The Life Story
  4. The “Knack” of Alzheimer’s Care

Section III: The Best Friends Model in Action

  1. The Best Friends Approach to Communication
  2. The Best Friends Approach to Activities
  3. The Best Friends Approach at Home
  4. The Best Friends Approach in Adult Day Services
  5. The Best Friends Approach in Long-Term Care Facilities

Section IV: The Best Friends Model: A New Day

  1. Being One’s Own Best Friend
  2. Light Out of the Darkness

Los Mejores Amigos en el Cuidado de Alzheimer (Bell Best Friends Approach Spanish Excerpt) by HealthProPress

Virginia Bell, M.S.W., and David Troxel, M.P.H.

Virginia Bell and David Troxel are recognized nationally for their groundbreaking and innovative work helping people with Alzheimer’s disease and their families. With a combined 20 years of experience working in university, community, and adult day center settings, they are associated with the Lexington/Bluegrass (Kentucky) and Santa Barbara (California) chapters of the Alzheimer’s Association.


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