Tonya M. Cox

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Tonya M. Cox, M.S.W., L.N.H.A., is Executive Director for The Homeplace at Midway, a Green House® community owned by Christian Care Communities, Inc.. Tonya is among the first to blend the Best Friends™ approach into this innovative housing model. Her previous responsibilities as Director of Community Based Services for Christian Care included training and sustaining the Best Friends approach and overseeing the original Best Friends™ Adult Day Center in Lexington, Kentucky. She has also served as Vice President for Mission and Service for the Greater Kentucky/Southern Indiana Chapter of the Alzheimer’s Association, and for more than 15 years has been developing programs and services for persons with dementia and their caregivers, including working on national curriculum development for professional caregivers in various care settings. Tonya presents locally and nationally on activity programming and dementia care. She is a co-author on two of the Best Friends™ books (The Best Friends Book of Alzheimer’s Activities, Volume One and Volume Two) and contributed to The Best Friends Approach to Dementia Care, Second Editionwith Virginia Bell and David Troxel. She has served as co-chair of the Kentucky Alzheimer’s Disease Advisory Council and is a practicum supervisor for both the University of Kentucky and the University of Louisville Kent School of Social Work. Tonya is also Adjunct Professor at Midway University in their Health Care Administration Program.