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A dignified life : the best friends approach to Alzheimer's care : a guide for care partners / Virginia Bell and David Troxel.

  • Bell, Virginia
  • Books

About this work


"More than 5 million Americans are currently living with Alzheimer's disease or a related form of dementia. By the year 2030, experts estimate that as many as 66 million people around the world will be faced with this life-altering disease. Unfortunately, these staggering statistics impact millions of caregivers, too. Compared with all types of caregivers, those who assist someone with dementia experience the highest levels of burnout, depression, poor health, and premature death. A Dignified Life, Revised and Expanded offers hope and help with a proven approach. Ten years ago, the first edition of A Dignified Life changed the way the caregiving community approached Alzheimer's disease by showing caregivers how to act as a Best Friend to the person, finding positive ways to interact even as mental abilities declined. Firmly grounded in the latest knowledge about the progression and treatment of dementia, this expanded edition offers a wealth of immediately usable tips and new problem-solving advice. It incorporates practical ideas for therapeutic activities including the latest brain-fitness exercises stimulate the brain while adding structure, meaning, and context to daily routines. With new stories and examples as well as an updated resources section, A Dignified Life, Revised and Expanded gives caregivers the support and advice they need to be successful and inspired in their demanding roles. While medical treatment of the disease hasn't changed in the past ten years, our understanding and awareness of treating people in a more caring way has changed substantially. With no cure on the immediate horizon, respectful care by effective and compassionate care partners is the only real "treatment" available to people with dementia. The Best Friends Approach is successful because it sustains people's connection to their world, their loved ones, and themselves. It's a universal program which has been embraced by professional and family caregivers throughout the United States, Europe, Asia, the Middle East, and South America. In its revised form, A Dignified Life offers caregivers an antidote to the burnout and frustration that often accompanies the role of caring for a person with Alzheimer's and dementia. Rather than struggling through a series of frustrations and failures, A Dignified Life shows the new generation care partners how to bring dignity, meaning, and peace of mind to the lives of both those who have Alzheimer's and dementia and those who care for them"--


Deerfield Beach, Florida : Health Communications, Inc., [2012]

Physical description

xvii, 317 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm


Revised and expanded edition.

Bibliographic information

Includes bibliographical references (pages 277-289) and index.


Alzheimer's disease and other dementia. What's happening? : the experience of Alzheimer's disease and other dementia ; What is known? : diagnosis, treatment, and research ; What now? : steps to take after a diagnosis of Alzheimer's disease or other dementia -- The best friends approach. A new start : the art of friendship ; Memory making : honoring a person's life story ; The "knack" : basic principles of dementia care -- The best friends approach in action. Connecting : communicating with "knack" ; Being together : managing and valuing activities ; Inner passage : spiritual journeying and religion ; Finding help : navigating the journey -- Living with dignity. Self-care : being your own best friend ; Transformations.


  • English

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    Medical Collection WT155 2012B43d


    Open shelves

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  • 0757316654
  • 9780757316661
  • 0757316662