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The Validation Breakthrough 2nd Edition: Simple Techniques for Communicating with People with ' Alzheimer's-Type 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, Naomi Feil presents her method for therapeutically dealing with patients with Alzheimer's and other dementias. ...more
Paperback, 352 pages
Published February 1st 2002 by Health Professions Press (first published January 15th 1993)
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Aug 08, 2019 rated it liked it
This book has some worthwhile suggestions, for example, centering of the caregiver, entering the reality of the person with dementia, recognizing triggers, rephrasing, using music therapy, and cultivating attitudes of respect and acceptance. Others didn't work for me as a caregiver. Feil says the caregiver should not try to calm an angry patient. She recommends mirroring the behavior and body language, and matching the facial expression and stride of a patient who is agitated or angry in order t ...more
Dana Kraft
Sep 06, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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This seems like a great approach to communicating with people with dementia. There are obviously a lot more ways to mess up these communications than to do them right. I hope we can make this work in our family's situation.

For me, the book was difficult to read for a couple of reasons. First, the goal of validation seems to be to make things less bad as a person approaches the end of life. So a happy ending means that someone dies in a relative state of peace. I suppose that I mostly don't look
Michael McQueen
Feb 25, 2020 rated it really liked it
This came highly recommended to me as my grandma enters dementia and I struggle to communicate with her. While I don't think this is the final solution for me, I fully appreciate the model and method. I took several key points from this book to move forward with, but much of the book I could not relate with as I'm not a professional caregiver, she is still living independently, and I am 1000 miles away. I will be passing this book on to other family members. ...more
Jul 02, 2012 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
There are some good tips on how to communicate with someone who is extremely agitated due to dementia. I am not sure I quite agree to the reasons provided for this agitation. The book suggests that there is some deep unresolved life stages that the person is working through. A part of me believes that changes in the brain probably cause some of that agitation, regardless of whatever psychiatric issues there might be. In any case, I am going to try the techniques and I can see why they would be u ...more
Jun 03, 2013 rated it it was ok
This approach to dealing with agitation in persons with dementia may have some merit, but I am not convinced by the underlying theory. Further, for the most part, the book is a series of anecdotes written in a somewhat self-congratulatory way that I did not find particularly scholarly. Nevertheless, the anecdotes are interesting.
Karen Shilvock-Cinefro
This book offer different techniques for communicating with People with Alzheimer’s and Other Dementia. Well written and helpful tips. It is important not to disagree with the person who has dementia but rather to communicate with them where they are at in their thoughts.
Beau Raven
Mar 01, 2018 rated it it was amazing
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This book has been indispensable to me as a music therapist. I incorporate a lot of the principles detailed in this book into my practice, with amazing results.
Mar 20, 2020 rated it really liked it
3.5. Very informative and interesting concept. Wish I had read it when my Grandma was still alive.
Nov 21, 2018 rated it really liked it
A very enlightening concept that I want to experience. I’m going to look for places this approach is being carried out.
Apr 05, 2018 rated it it was amazing
A much-needed insight to the needs of a caregiver dealing with a loved one who has dementia or another related disease. I learned quite a bit from reading this book
Apr 18, 2015 rated it liked it
I think the great merit of this book is the shift from looking from a nurse's perspective towards the patient's perspectivce. The underlying theory is - as many people noted - kind unscientific (cynics would call it psychobabble), arguing that actions and comments by a person affected with Alzheimer's disease are attempts to deal with emotions that come from unresolved conflicts. I think this is perfectly possible for some actions, but others simply don't make sense and have no meaning - to vali ...more
Dec 11, 2012 rated it liked it
I think this approach sounds fantastic-- but I also think learning to use it could be very challenging. I like the author's mindset that old and "old-old" people have wisdom and deserve respect. Our culture in general has way too little respect for the old, and this is a step in the right direction. ...more
Beth Shields
Jan 02, 2015 rated it really liked it
Great book by a woman who has been a pioneer in the best care for people with Alzheimer's. Applies more to very elderly people who develop dementia (ex., 80's and older) than for those who develop it at a younger age. My mother was diagnosed with AD at 70 and so much of this book doesn't apply to her situation. That said, I learned so much about AD by reading this book - I'll find it useful. ...more
Mary Narkiewicz
Mar 29, 2014 rated it liked it
I actually have not read this book. I skimmed it. Important information for those working with or caring for people with Dementia. I kept it for a few months. It was a borrowed book..and I just did not get to it. May read it some day. I did read some of it.
Good book for those who have limited experience with dementia patients. Good those who have experience, I believe this is a tactic one naturally gravitates to when working with these patients.
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