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Presentation of a model of care for Alzheimer's patients stressing empathy and friendship, for nurses, adult day center staff, and families of patients. Emphasizes the positive aspects of situations involving Alzheimer's care rather than patients' victimization. Softcover.
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David Troxel is an internationally known expert in Alzheimer‚ s and memory care. He‚ s best known for his work with residents and families, and is an informative and engaging speaker. David holds a Masters Degree in Public Health from Rutgers Medical School. During the 25 years that he‚ s worked in the field, he‚ s also served as an Executive Board member of the American Public Health Association and the Ethics Advisory Panel for the US National Alzheimer‚ s Association. David has co-authored four influential books (most notably, The Best Friends Approach to Alzheimer‚ s Care) on Alzheimer‚ s relating to the disease care as well as staff development and training. David‚ s ‚ Best Friends Approach‚ is built on a seemingly simple premise: that what people living with memory loss need most is a friend ‚ a best friend. David teaches caregivers how to understand and fulfill this ‚ Best Friends‚ role, including special caregiving techniques and tools. He lives in Sacramento as a writer, speaker and consultant.Review:
"innovative and refreshing due to the relaxed and natural 'hands on' approach - an empowering book that proves one can enjoy life after a diagnosis of Alzheimer's disease." (Aging & Society 2001-01-01)
“One of the first, and still one of my favorites [positive, uplifting books on Alzheimer’s disease]...easy to grasp and always respectful of the person with the disease.” (Kathy Laurenhue, Director of Special Projects, Mather Institute on Aging Alzheimer’s Care Quarterly 2001-01-01)
“For every friend, relative, or caregiver to a person with Alzheimer’s, [Best Friends] offers practical advice, compassion and optimism in understanding and dealing with the challenges they face each day and how to bring out the best in the person with the disease, so that a life that seems at times hopeless can be a life of love and dignity.” (Jack Canfield, author of Chicken Soup for the Soul 2001-01-01)
“Virginia Bell and David Troxel ... argue persuasively that the proper metaphor for organizing our thinking in this area is not the distant clinical reserve of the professional but the open and engaged warmth of a best friend... [They] have written powerfully about this in their book.” (William H. Thomas, founder, The Eden Alternative 2001-01-01)
“Here at last are two compassionate, humorous, experienced authors (David Troxel and Virginia Bell) who say it’s time to stop being morbid and negative about AD. ...It’s the best training guide for families and professionals in print. A must for every Alzheimer’s library.” (Wiser Now 2001-01-01)
“The Best Friends philosophy ... has been adopted as a model through Maine and has become one of our most valuable caregiving resources. We’ve seen it in action and heartily recommend it!” (Eleanor Goldberg, Executive Director, Maine Alzheimer’s Association 2001-01-01)
“...a potential gold mine for afflicted families.” (Booklist 2001-01-01)
“[ Bell and Troxel] have laid out a way of relating that is immediately accessible to all involved in dementia and a policy and programme for service provision. ...Here is an initiative that is easy to understand and is within the immediate capacity of each of us to deliver.” (Journal of Dementia Care 2001-01-01)
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