Designed for all levels of staff and family members who care older adults with Alzheimer’s type dementia. This Associate course provides a broad overview of Validation and techniques for application in all four phases and consists of options for one two-day session or two one-day sessions.

The Associate Course focuses on the fundamentals of Validation

What is Validation?

Validation is a way of caring for and communicating with confused older adults who are often diagnosed as having Alzheimer’s-type dementia. Developed by Naomi Feil, a social worker known throughout North America and Europe for her breakthrough approach to elderly care, Validation promotes empathy on the part of the caregiver, communication to reduce stress and increase happiness, and dignity during the final stages of life

Who needs Validation?

Individuals diagnosed with Alzheimer’s and related disorders benefit from Validation through improved communication and ability to express themselves. This is often evident by improved social controls, less anxiety, improved sense of self-worth, and better communication with their caregivers.

Validation can be used by anyone who cares for older people who suffer from memory loss. Both professionals and family members can use Validation with positive results.

From this Associate Course participants will be able to assist older adults with Alzheimer’s type dementia as they:

  • Become a truly empathetic listener
  • Build a trusting relationship – bringing them peace, connectedness, and an improved quality of life
  • Understand the four phases of disorientation and the basic human needs experienced by the elderly
  • Demonstrating a validating attitude toward cognitively impaired elders

About Us

At Volunteers of America, we are more than a nonprofit organization.

We are a ministry of service that includes nearly 16,000 paid, professional employees dedicated to helping those in need rebuild their lives and reach their full potential.

We are designated tax-exempt under section 501(c)3 of the Internal Revenue Code. Your contributions are tax-deductible to the fullest extent of the law.

Contact Us

Volunteers Of America Dementia Care

7530 Marketplace Drive
Eden Prairie, MN 55344

Phone: (952) 856-4997