Product Reviews

People who have read the books say…

“An outstanding guide for anyone involved in the care of individuals with Alzheimer’s disease. The Best Friends™ method is an innovative, sensitive and unique approach that can greatly improve the quality of life for patients with the most devastating disease known to man.”
William R. Markesbery, M.D., past director, Alzheimer’s Disease Research Center and Sanders-Brown Center on Aging, University of Kentucky

“Bell and 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, M.D., founder, The Eden Alternative

“Using the Best Friends approach… caregivers are provided with a wide range of practical tools and strategies for how to deal with the many challenges of coping with this difficult disease.”
Ken Dychtwald, Ph.D., CEO and founder of Age Wave

“The Best Friends book is my ‘go to’ resource for helping families and professionals caring for persons with dementia… [It] can turn around behaviors that are challenging, support good communication, and help care partners create a successful day.”
Elizabeth Edgerly, Ph.D., chief program officer, Northern CA & Northern NV Alzheimer’s Association

“I recommend the Best Friends approach to all my support group members. It’s so easy to understand and implement. The book is a great daily reference and a ‘caregiver bible’ that everyone should have.”
Rose Mary Jacobson, Community Outreach Coordinator, Alzheimer’s Association, Desert Southwest Chapter, Las Vegas, NV

“Our caregivers embrace the Best Friends™ philosophy every day, knowing that good care is about relationships and doing creative things together. This new book offers hundreds of life-affirming, creative ideas that family and professional caregivers can use at home. Highly recommended!”
Wendy Lustbader, M.S.W., author of Counting on Kindness: The Dilemmas of Dependency

“Virginia Bell and David Troxel are leaders in the field of aging. Their words will offer caregivers new ideas and new hope as they face the challenge of Alzheimer’s disease and dementia.”
Gloria H. Cavanaugh, former President & CEO, American Society on Aging

“The Best Friends™ philosophy … has been adopted as a model throughout Maine and has become one of our most valuable caregiving resources. We’ve seen it in action heartily recommend!”
Eleanor Goldberg, past Executive Director, Maine Alzheimer’s Association

“Embracing the activity principles in the Best Friends model has helped us to capture the very essence of how activity programming should be for person-centered care. Our residents and staff have responded so positively to the Best Friends program that we have made Best Friends our road map to achieving excellence in dementia care.”
Jill Hess, L.M.S.W., A.C.S.W., former Vice President, Organizational Development, Heritage Community of Kalamazoo, Kalamazoo, MI

“A must read for all those who care for people with dementia. A Dignified Life is well written, packed with effective and practical advice, and full of humanity. It shows that there is much that can be done to help make the lives of both caregivers and people with dementia better and more fulfilling. I give it a 5-star rating.”
David Snowdon, Ph.D., Author of Aging with Grace and Director of the Nun Study

“Caregivers can easily become overwhelmed by the daily challenges facing them. The Best Friends approach will give you simple, easy to learn tools that can make the most daunting problems seem easier to cope with. I highly recommend this book.”
Elaine St. James, Author of the international book series, Simplify Your Life

“As a neurologist, I dream about the day that we will find a cure of Alzheimer’s disease. Until that time, the Best Friends approach is here t give families practical tools for bringing out the best in persons with Alzheimer’s disease. This is a well-written, insightful book that gives caregivers a life-affirming, practical framework for approach this difficult disease. I recommend it to my patients and their families.”
Donna Masterman, M.D., Assistant Clinical Professor, Neurology UCLA Medical Center, Clinical Core Director of the UCLA Alzheimer’s Disease Research Center

“Thousands of families have read this book. By putting into practice what they learned, they have discovered that much can be done to improve the lives of their loved ones.”
Lilia Mendoza, Founder, Federación Mexicana de Alzheimer