Virginia Bell & David Troxel

David Troxel and Virginia Bell

The Best Friends Approach developers and authors, David Troxel and Virginia Bell

World-Renowned Developers and Authors

Virginia BellVirginia Bell, M.S.W.
, is a recognized pioneer in dementia care.  Awarded Robert Wood Johnson funding to establish one of the first dementia-specific adult day programs, she went on to create Best Friends™ with David Troxel. Bell speaks internationally on Best Friends™ and is Program Consultant for the Greater Kentucky/Southern Indiana Alzheimer’s Association chapter. Read full bio.



David TroxelDavid Troxel, M.P.H., a consultant on dementia for the long-term care industry and an accomplished trainer, has co-authored five books with Virginia Bell. Troxel is known worldwide for his writings and teaching in the fields of Alzheimer’s care, staff development, training, and culture change in long-term care. Read full bio.




Tonya CoxTonya M. Cox, M.S.W., Director of Home and Community Based Services at Christian Care Communities, Inc., began developing activities for persons with memory loss in 1995. Cox teaches and presents on activity programming and caring for persons with dementia, she is a co-author of the two Best Friends™ activity books, and is also an Expert Leader in the Best Friends™ Master Trainer certification.


HPP faces_for webRobin Hamon, M.S.W., is Family Support Coordinator for the Alzheimer’s Disease Research Center at the University of Kentucky Sanders Brown Center on Aging. During her tenure as program manager for the Helping Hand Day Center, she developed a creative arts training program for staff and volunteers working with persons with dementia. Hamon is co-author of the two Best Friends™ activity books.