Successful approach to dementia care presents a new guide to putting the person first

HPP Press Release

For Immediate Release
Contact: Kaitlin Konecke, Marketing Manager
Phone: 410-337-9585 x181

The Best Friends Approach to Dementia Care, Second EditionBaltimore, MD (September, 2016) — Health Professions Press has published their latest book, The Best Friends™ Approach to Dementia Care, Second Edition. Now available in print and e-book format, this completely revised and expanded follow-up to the best-selling book teaches an approach to dementia care that has been adopted world-wide, and is built on the essential elements of friendship.

Developed by dementia experts Virginia Bell and David Troxel two decades ago, the Best Friends™ approach offers a simple and effective way to reinvent dementia care and ensure the highest quality of life: treat the person with dementia as though they are your best friend—with respect, empathy, support, trust, and humor. The foundation of this approach is built on the Best Friends™ Dementia Bill of Rights, a set of core principles that every person diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease or other dementia deserves. These 12 essential rights include being treated as an adult and listened to, being outdoors on a regular basis, and experiencing meaningful engagement throughout the day.

In this new book, Bell and Troxel introduce you to the core principles of Best Friends™—using the person’s Life Story, approaching situations with caregiving Knack, and skillfully communicating in a person-centered way—then demonstrates how to apply this approach through practical tips and instructive examples of Best Friends™ in action. An all-new section provides a roadmap for creating and sustaining a Best Friends™ program in a variety of care settings.

Highly praised by both experts in the dementia care field and organizations who have adopted this unique approach, Best Friends™ has made a difference world-wide. “The Best Friends™ books have become our go-to resource for ideas and inspirations about quality dementia care,” says Dina Newsom, Expressions™ Product Manager at Prestige Senior Living in Vancouver, Washington. “This new edition…challenges us to develop authentic relationships, meaningful activities, and create outstanding programs.”

And this approach is designed for use by any and every dementia care organization. Tom Cullen, CEO and Owner of Community Care Options shares, “Whether your program serves six persons with dementia or six hundred, this new edition of Best Friends™ will become an invaluable resource.”

With an additional six products in the Best Friends™ product suite, as well as an annual training institute to become certified in this approach, the Best Friends™ program is simple to implement and equips organizations with the tools to provide the best possible care to those with dementia.

For more information on The Best Friends™ Approach to Dementia Care, Second Edition, visit


About Health Professions Press
Health Professions Press, Inc. (Baltimore, Maryland) is a publisher of high-quality educational resources for professionals interested in wellness and aging, long-term care, elder care, Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias, and healthcare management. Visit to learn more about this independent company, its vision, mission, and ever-growing list of publications.

About the Authors
Bell & TroxelVirginia Bell, M.S.W., and David Troxel, M.P.H., are recognized internationally for their groundbreaking and innovative work helping people with dementia, their families, and professional caregivers. With decades of experience working in university, community, and adult day center settings, they have pioneered the development of an effective, meaningful model of dementia care in the Best Friends™ philosophy.

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