Dementia Books: Best Friends Care Series

2 Jul, 2013 by

Dementia Books: Best Friends Care Series

Dementia Books: The Best Friends Approach to Alzheimer’s Care – this series of books provides a model for dementia care and activities for carers to use.







The Best Friends Approach to Alzheimer’s Care

The Best Friends Approach To Alzheimer's CareIn the first book in the Best Friends series, Virginia Bell and David Troxel present a model of care for Alzheimer’s patients that stresses empathy and friendship, for nurses, adult day center staff, and families of patients. They emphasize the positive aspects of situations involving Alzheimer’s care rather than patients’ victimization.

Review From Booklist

The best Alzheimer’s caregivers, say Bell and Troxel, become friends with the knack for calmly directing sufferers through their frightening confusion. Responding with the knack guides a patient to acceptable behavior while providing “cuing about roles and identities.” For instance, to a patient’s inappropriate sexual advance toward his daughter, a “no-knack approach” would be to angrily respond, “You dirty old man! Stop that” ; one with the knack would be, “Daddy, it’s Mary, your daughter. Look what I have here–a photograph of Mother. Isn’t she pretty?” The responses suggested for other situations are similar. Bell and Troxel stress that Alzheimer’s victims are usually confused, not malevolent or willful, and compassion and indulgence will keep situations from worsening and enhance peace of mind for caregiver and patient alike. This approach is time and energy intensive, but its decency makes the book a potential gold mine for afflicted families. The fill-in-the-blanks “Best Friends Assessment” form, however, makes the book problematic for libraries. Mike Tribby

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The Best Friends Book of Alzheimer’s Activities, Vol. 1

The Best Friends Book of Alzheimer's Activities Vol 1Bring out the best in each person with dementia each day with more than 140 versatile, easy-to-implement Best Friends activities. Thousands of caregivers around the world know that providing Best Friends’ care improves the quality of life of people with dementia by building on the essential elements of friendship; respect, empathy, support, trust, humor, and sharing time together. Using the Best Friends approach to activities, anyone on staff can turn any interaction with a resident or client into an activity that satisfies essential physical, emotional, and spiritual needs. Each activity contains suggestions for personalizing the activity and matching it to the remaining strengths of the individual to ensure success and reduce challenging behaviors. The Best Friends Book of Alzheimer’s Activities is chock full of inspiring and innovative ideas on how to: convert everyday activities into those with “knack”; create new activities out of tried-and-true activities; provide activities between structured programs/events; increase self-esteem; adapt activities for people with late dementia; provide opportunities for connecting to others; create intergenerational experiences; use the person’s life story in any activity; make activities out of personal care; conduct activities specifically for men; fill evening hours to alleviate sundowning; provide “take-away” activities for family caregivers to use at home; incorporate exercise into activities; use the Internet to expand and enrich activities. Many activities can be conducted spontaneously, with simple props, engaging older people in meaningful activity for extended periods. Best Friends activities are adult-oriented and flexible enough for staff and residents to add their own ideas. Special features include a list of the latest and most effective resources for activity professionals and helpful tips on communicating with people with dementia.

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The Best Friends Book of Alzheimer’s Activities, Volume 2

The Best Friends Book of Alzheimer's Activities Volume 2Expand 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 of 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 Best Friends programming or discover for the first time how this groundbreaking approach can transform activities and daily interactions.

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