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The Best Friends Book of Alzheimer's Activities, Volume One - Virginia Bell

The Best Friends Book of Alzheimer's Activities, Volume One

Paperback Published: 10th September 2004
ISBN: 9781878812889
Number Of Pages: 224

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Bring 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.

"a valuable addition to any day centre or care home wanting to develop understanding of activity as being much more than providing entertainment and outings."--Journal of Dementia Care (01/01/2001)
"a wonderful resource ... very practical for staff, volunteers, and family members. This book will be one of your most-used resources"-- (01/01/2001)
"A 'grab and go' book that was written to assist an activity director to take an everyday activity and turn it into something creative and meaningful. [The book] presents activity principles which are essential in developing programs that are appropriate and creative in maintaining dignity and quality of life."-- (01/01/2001)
"Troxel and Bell have done it again; their new book on activities will enrich, enliven and lighten the daily lives of both people with dementia and their family and professional caregivers. These pages offer dozens of creative, innovative ways to help people connect with one another, and that's a treasure for all of us."-- (01/01/2001)
"Highgate Senior Living has embraced Best Friends(TM) as our core program philosophy. Our activities have been transformed by this person-centered approach. It has helped staff connect to residents as Best Friends and is a program that really works."-- (01/01/2001)
"The Best Friends approach is part of every activity and has resulted in a caring, contented, and happy atmosphere. Friendship has become the bonding force among our clients, staff, families, and volunteers."-- (03/08/2018)
"It's important to have structured activities, but the energy surrounding spontaneity is also important, which is why we try to follow the Best Friends approach of making everything an activity."-- (03/08/2018)

About the Authorsp. vii
Introduction: Activities and the Best Friends Approach to Alzheimer's Carep. ix
Acknowledgmentsp. xvii
Index of Activities by Subjectp. xviii
Being Together Between Structured Timesp. 1
Recreating the Classroom Experiencep. 21
Let's Createp. 45
Doing for Othersp. 73
Games and Things to Do Togetherp. 95
Personal Care as an Activityp. 117
Especially for Menp. 133
In the Homep. 153
After-Dinner Activitiesp. 175
Conclusion: Mona Lisa and the Art of Good Alzheimer's Carep. 195
Resources for Activities Professionalsp. 197
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ISBN: 9781878812889
ISBN-10: 1878812882
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 224
Published: 10th September 2004
Publisher: Health Professions Press,U.S.
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 27.69 x 21.59  x 1.02
Weight (kg): 0.54
Edition Type: New edition