Dr. Linda Kuder and Virginia Bell, Best Friends Day Center (#442)
November is National Alzheimer’s Awareness Month, and our guests are Dr. Linda Kuder and Virginia Bell, the founders of Best Friends Day Center in Lexington, an adult day program for persons who have an irreversible memory disorder and their families. They discuss the “Best Friends Approach,” an internationally recognized model of care for people with memory disorders.
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Dr. Linda Kuder is a member of the executive board of AARP Kentucky and former associate director of the Sanders-Brown Center on Aging at the University of Kentucky.
Virginia Bell is a social worker and the co-author of A Dignified Life: The Best Friends Approach to Alzheimer’s Care. She is program consultant for the Greater Kentucky and Southern Indiana Chapter of the Alzheimer’s Association. Bell and David Troxel developed the Best Friends Approach model of dementia care while working at the UK Alzheimer’s Disease Research Center.
The Best Friends Approach Web site includes information on a variety of topics for professional and family caregivers, including ways to change the culture in long-term care.