Year: 2022

Virgina Bell speaking

At 100, looking back at a career in dementia care

Dr. Alois Alzheimer died in 1915, only seven years before I was born. The German psychiatrist and neuropathologist is known for identifying the first published case of the disease that bears his name. As I turn 100 years old, I feel fortunate to have my “wits about me” and to be able to work on a new book, volunteer for causes important to me, and navigate the Zoom menu well… Read More »

Let’s talk about Lady Gaga and the “Knack” of loving and supporting elders

At the end of this year’s tumultuous Academy Awards show (which included Will Smith’s so-called “slap heard round the world”) came a beautiful moment when Lady Gaga presented the Best Picture award with a frail Liza Minnelli, now 76. As the legendary performer celebrating the 50th anniversary of her own Oscar win for the movie “Cabaret” struggled with her notes, Gaga leaned in to offer support. She provided a few… Read More »

Maya Angelou, Dementia Educator?

“I’ve learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.” The poet Maya Angelou wasn’t thinking about Alzheimer’s disease when she wrote these words, but I can’t think of a more perfect way to convey how using the Best Friends™ Approach impacts our friends and family members with dementia. Alzheimer’s disease and most other dementias… Read More »