Best Friends Book of Alzheimer’s Activities, Volume Two

Rated 5.00 out of 5 based on 5 customer ratings
(5 customer reviews)


ISBN 978-1-932529-26-5
248 pages
8.5 x 11 papercover
© 2008

Expand and enrich your Best Friends activity programming with 149 all-new activities for individuals with dementia. Like the first book, this collection of fun and easy activities will add both meaning and enjoyment to the activities at your adult day center, home care setting, or residential care facility.

Feedback and insights from individuals with early-stage dementia helped shape this new collection, as well as activity suggestions from national and international dementia programs. As a result, the activities include a new focus on diversity and multiculturalism. Also featured are topics to interest to participants in their 50s and 60s, such as the Internet, advocacy, and community service.

Participants, staff, and family members will enjoy fresh ideas for creative art projects, interactive games, and evening activities. New themes to explore in Volume 2 include activities related to the kitchen and food, life story sharing and reminiscence, religious and spiritual traditions, and wellness. Adaptations for people in the early and late stages of Alzheimer’s disease, preventive measures to avoid unwanted surprises, and conversation tips make these activities particularly versatile.

Use this resource to extend the benefits you already enjoy from the Best Friends programming or discover for the first time how this groundbreaking approach can transform activities and daily interactions.


Activity Grid

  1. Celebrating the Moment
  2. Honoring the Life Story
  3. Religious and Spiritual Traditions
  4. Wellness
  5. Adult Education
  6. Let’s Create
  7. In the Kitchen
  8. Games and Active Things to Do
  9. In the Evening
  10. Community Spirit

Resources for Activities Professionals

The Best Friends Book of Alzheimer’s Activities, Volume Two (Bell Activities Vol 2 Excerpt) by HealthProPress

Virginia Bell, M.S.W.

Virginia Bell, M.S.W. is Program Consultant for the Greater Kentucky/Southern Indiana Chapter of the Alzheimer’s Association. She is the founder of that association’s award-winning Helping Hand Adult Day Center. With David Troxel, she has co-authored numerous articles on dementia care and three books. She has lectured about the Best Friends approach in more than 20 countries.

David Troxel, M.P.H.

David Troxel, M.P.H., most recently served as President and CEO of the California Central Coast Alzheimer’s Association, Santa Barbara, California. Today he is a consultant and speaker for dementia and long-term care programs. He has worked in the field of dementia care since 1986 and currently serves on the Ethics Advisory Panel of the national Alzheimer’s Association. With Virginia Bell, he has co-authored numerous articles on dementia care and three books.

Tonya M. Cox, M.S.W.

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.

Robin Hamon, M.S.W.

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.

5 reviews for Best Friends Book of Alzheimer’s Activities, Volume Two

  1. Rated 5 out of 5


    “The art in moving Best Friends from philosophy to practice lies in providing consistent and meaningful opportunities for engagement and relationship building.The Best Friends Book of Alzheimer’s Activities, Vol. 2, gives each of us, as caregivers, the vehicle to continually foster great relationships of trust while delivering great programming and activity ideas.”
    —Gerald L. Jackson, Director of Program and Staff Development, Elmcroft Senior Living

  2. Rated 5 out of 5


    “This book of activities provides wonderful ideas to prevent behaviors—such as hitting—from occurring because of boredom, and it provides a richness to quality of life for those with Alzheimer’s disease. At the end of the day, when you look at the moments of joy the activities in this book provide, you find that the residents have had a great day filled with multiple successes.”
    —Linda Nickolisen, Executive Director, Prestige Senior Living at Manteca

  3. Rated 5 out of 5


    “Discovering the Best Friends approach and bringing it to our care community was life changing. For any professional or family member who feels lost in the Alzheimer’s journey, this new book is a valuable road map, complete with step-by-step directions to achieving excellence in dementia care.”
    —Jill Hess, LMSW, ACSW, Former VP of Organizational Development and Memory Care, Heritage Community of Kalamazoo
    —Ann Richards, RN, Community Director, Heritage Community of Kalamazoo

  4. Rated 5 out of 5


    “Our caregivers embrace the Best Friends™ philosophy every day, knowing that good care is about relationships and doing creative things together. This new book offers hundreds of life-affirming, creative ideas that family and professional caregivers can use at home. Highly recommended!”
    –Buck Shaw, Home Instead Senior Care, Sacramento CA

  5. Rated 5 out of 5


    “Like The Best Friends Book of Alzheimer’s Activities, Volume One this collection of activities will add both meaning and enjoyment. The Best Friends Book of Alzheimer’s Activities, Volume Two is extremely helpful, and a book that you will reference often. Individuals with dementia, staff, and family members will enjoy the fresh ideas for creative art projects, interactive games, and evening activities …”
    –Creative Forecasting® Magazine

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