Living Well 60+ January-February 2014 - Page 9

JAN/FEB 2014 9 We are dealing with an adult who has had a rich life experience and still has a lot of skills underneath the dementia.” —Virginia Bell, co-author, Best Friends Approach to Alzheimer’s Care for people with dementia. “This has taken all of us,” she said. “I had the idea more than 30 years ago. But an idea cannot go anywhere without everyone. It has taken volunteers, families, professional staff.” Bell and David Troxel, who was formerly with the Alzheimer’s Disease Research Center at Sanders-Brown, published the first of their five coauthored books in 1996. The second edition of their first book, Best Friends Approach to Alzheimer’s Care, is now available in seven languages. Best Friends always needs volunteers. Each volunteer receives 16 hours of training before starting, plus one hour of continuing education every month. Training sessions are held twice a year. Anyone who is interested in volunteering is encouraged to visit Best Friends and sit in with another volunteer. To become a volunteer, call Bobby Potts at (859) 258-2226. Learn more about Best Friends at www.bestfriendsapproach.com. ILATES PP L A C E ILATES PP L A C E Dementia Bill of Rights Every person diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease or other dementia deserves: • To be informed of one’s diagnosis • To have appropriate, ongoing medical care • To be treated as an adult, listened to, and afforded respect for one’s feelings and point of view • To be with individuals who know one’s life story, including cultural and spiritual traditions • To experience meaningful engagement throughout the day • To live in a safe and stimulating environment • To be outdoors on a regular basis • To be free from psychotropic medications whenever possible • To have welcomed physical contact, including hugging, caressing, and handholding • To be an advocate for oneself and for others • To be part of a local, global, or online community • To have care partners well trained in dementia care Our team is here for you! Start your 2014 Resolutions TODAY Gift