Entering the World of Dementia: A Workshop for Caregivers

This one day Validation workshop introduces the professional or personal caregiver to the world of dementia and Alzheimer’s disease. Through the course of the workshop, the participant gains insight into the challenges that older adults with Alzheimer’s dementia face very day. Certified Validation Teachers use a variety of interactive exercises to help attendees understand how to build trust, gain empathy and improve their relationship with those in their care. Participants leave the workshop feeling empowered and validated!

Intended Audience: Family members, professional caregivers including nurses, nursing assistants, home health aides, physicians, nurse practitioners, social workers, clergy, therapists, activity professionals or anyone wanting to learn more about caring for those with dementia.

At the end of the workshop attendees will be able to:

  • Describe the physical and cognitive changes that occur in dementia.
  • Recognize the difference between Validation and other communication methods.
  • List theoretical assumptions that are the foundation of Validation®.
  • Develop an empathetic; trust building relationship with cognitively impaired elders.
  • Practice the foundation of Validation: The “Validating Attitude.”

Workshop content overview:

  • Introduction to the world of dementia and Alzheimer’s
  • Ageism in today’s world
  • What is Validation? How and why was it developed?
  • Basic human needs and universal feelings
  • Rogers, Jung, Maslow, Erikson–What do they have to do with Validation?
  • Four Phases of Resolution
  • Key Validation Principles
  • Understanding the reason behind behaviors
  • To lie or not to lie
  • Symbolism
  • “Validation Attitude” and approach
  • Summary and review of next steps

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
E-mail: info@VOADementiaCare.org