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The Validation Breakthrough: Simple Techniques for Communicating with People with Alzheimer's-Type Dementia / Edition 2

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This extraordinary book shows caregivers how they can interact successfully with people with dementia by avoiding reality orientation and instead focusing on underlying emotional needs. Based on the principles of Erik Erikson and on subsequent decades of work with disoriented older adults, the simple techniques of Validation are easy to learn, take just minutes a day, and can be used by both family and professional caregivers. Let the powerful techniques of internationally recognized expert Naomi Feil help you reach confused older adults by establishing respectful, loving relationships that break the silence of withdrawal. Discover new ways to meet the challenges of caring for people with dementia! Touching, amusing, and informative, The Validation Breakthrough shows caregivers how to dramatically enhance the quality of their relationships with people in the early to middle stages of dementing illnesses. Helpful, practical strategies will show you how to stop patronizing and arguing with people with dementia and start building trust by stepping into their world. Eighteen poignant case studies illustrate how Validation is used to handle wandering, agitation, and other challenging behaviors—and reduce the sense of anger and frustration in caregivers and clients alike. Essential reading for long-term care staff, gerontologists, social workers, and family members, The Validation Breakthrough is transforming the way caregivers communicate with people with dementia

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Arguing that as the elderly lose contact with the outside world, they turn inward and to the past to work through unresolved emotional issues from their lives, Feil (Validation Training Institute, Cleveland, Ohio) presents her method for therapeutically dealing with patients with Alzheimer's and other dementias. Validation is based in the notion that painful feelings that are expressed, acknowledged, and validated by a trusted listener will diminish. Feil compares her method to other therapeutic methods, explains the theoretical basis of her work, and discusses case studies in which the method has been utilized. Included in the text are brief descriptions of the application of the method written by other professionals. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781878812810
  • Publisher: Health Professions Press
  • Publication date: 2/1/2002
  • Edition description: 2ND
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 384
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.30 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Table of Contents

About the Author
Authorized Validation Organizations
Introduction: Florence Trew 1872-1963: "I died"
Pt. I Alzheimer's-Type Dementia and the Use of Validation 1
Ch. 1 Aging, Development, and Alzheimer's Disease 3
Ch. 2 The Concept and Techniques of Validation 27
Ch. 3 Using Validation with People Who Are Maloriented 49
Ch. 4 Using Validation with People Who Are Time Confused 71
Ch. 5 Using Validation with People Who Are Repetitive Movers 87
Ch. 6 Using Validation with People Who Are in Vegetation 99
Ch. 7 Using Validation with People with Early-Onset Alzheimer's Disease 107
Ch. 8 Who Benefits from Validation? 115
Ch. 9 How Validation Differs from Other Therapies Used with Old-Old People 123
Pt. II Validation in Practice 145
Ch. 10 Communicating with People Who Are Maloriented 147
Ch. 11 Communicating with People Who Are Time Confused 189
Ch. 12 Communicating with People Who Are Repetitive Movers 217
Ch. 13 Communicating with Maloriented and Time Confused People Living in the Community 227
Ch. 14 Validating Family Members 243
Pt. III Group Validation 251
Ch. 15 Setting Up Validation Groups 253
Ch. 16 Frequently Asked Questions 287
App Experiences of Professionals in the United States and Abroad 293
References 339
Index 343
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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 6, 2004

    God Bless Mrs. Naomi Feil

    Mrs Feil, thank you so much for all you have done in your work with Alzheimer's. Validation Breakthrough is a Blessing. I thought there was no hope until I read your book. My husband has alzheimers and I am the care giver with a wonderful support group at our local nursing home. But your book is such a blessing and has help in so many ways. Jean Bottoms, Jewett, Texas

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 26, 2009

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    oh my!

    This book has some good, sound, basic premises about communicating with dementia impaired individuals, but then spins wildly off into wishful thinking and ludicrous conclusions. I am appalled that it is actually used as a textbook. I was sorely disappointed in this book for many reasons. Do not waste your intellect, time or money on this book.

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