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The Best Friends Staff
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Virginia Bell, M.S.W. is Program Consultant for the Greater Kentucky/Southern Indiana Chapter of the Alzheimer's Association. She is the founder of that association's award-winning Helping Hand Adult Day Center. With David Troxel, she has co-authored numerous articles on dementia care and three books. She has lectured about the Best Friends approach in more than 20 countries.

David Troxel, M.P.H., most recently served as President and CEO of the California Central Coast Alzheimer's Association, Santa Barbara, California. Today he is a consultant and speaker for dementia and long-term care programs. He has worked in the field of dementia care since 1986 and currently serves on the Ethics Advisory Panel of the national Alzheimer's Association. With Virginia Bell, he has co-authored numerous articles on dementia care and three books.

Tonya M. Cox, M.S.W., is Vice President of Education and Programs for the Alzheimer's Association serving greater Kentucky and southern Indiana. She began working in dementia care in 1995 in the Helping Hand Adult Day Program developing and leading activities for persons with memory loss. She also teaches and presents on activity programming and caring for persons with dementia.

Robin 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. She worked with the Alzheimer's Association Lexington/Bluegrass Chapter for 11 years. During her tenure as program manager for the Helping Hand Day Center, she developed a creative art training program for staff and volunteers working with persons with dementia. Her special interests are in training and providing creative arts experiences for persons with dementia.

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"The Best Friends Staff is the best book that I have ever read for these important staffers. I'm convinced if all A.D. units used this book - the world would be a better place."-- (01/01/2001)
"The Best Friends(TM) 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 and heartily recommend it!"-- (01/01/2001)

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