Every person diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease or a related disorder deserves:
* To be informed of one’s diagnosis.
* To have appropriate, ongoing medical care.
* To be productive in work and play as long as possible
* To be treated like an adult, not a child.
* To have expressed feelings taken seriously.
* To be free from psychotropic medications if at all possible.
* To live in a safe, structured and predictable environment.
* To enjoy meaningful activities to fill each day.
* To be out-of-doors on a regular basis.
* To have physical contact including hugging, caressing, and
* To be with persons who know one’s life story, including cultural and
* To be cared for by individuals well-trained in dementia care.
From: The Best Friends Approach To Alzheimer’s Care, Virginia Bell & David Troxel, Health Profession Press, 1997