May 2, 2017
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 how by signing up for Connecting with Persons with Dementia: The Validation Method