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Validation is an Expression of Respect

May 2, 2017

Mother and daughter

People with dementia often have a view of reality that is different from the “real” world the rest of us see. Validation of our loved one’s reality is difficult, but often the most kind, respectful response to their altered world.

  • “Reorienting” a person with dementia to the “real world” is fruitless because that person can no longer understand why s/he is “wrong.”
  • Validation reduces stress and enhances dignity by reinforcing self-esteem.
  • Validation stems from an empathetic attitude toward our loved ones and a holistic view of them as individuals.
  • Validation is about respecting the person with dementia as s/he sees the world, thereby adding dignity.

Learn more:  Validation Therapy for Dementia: Calming or Condescending?

Learn how by signing up for Connecting with Persons with Dementia: The Validation Method

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