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The Best Friends Model of Alzheimer's Care—A Brief History and Update


doi: 10.1097/01.ACQ.0000268262.14608.3c
Feature Topic: Alternate Models of Care

Virginia Bell & David Troxel describe the history of their Best Friends model of Alzheimer's Care including personal anecdotes from 20 years of working together and the impact of this person-centered model on the field of dementia care. The Best Friends model is defined with examples of applications from professional and family settings. The Alzheimer's Bill of Rights is included along with the Elements of Caregiving Knack.

Virginia Bell, MSW, is a program consultant for the Greater Kentucky/Southern Indiana Alzheimer's Association, Lexington.

David Troxel, MPH, is past executive director of the Santa Barbara Alzheimer's Association, Santa Barbara, California.

Address correspondence to: Virginia Bell, MSW, Greater Kentucky and Southern Indiana Alzheimer's Association, Lexington, KY. E-mail:

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