Monthly Archives: November 2013

“Calling all Superheroes…” (I mean, Caregivers)

According to the Caregiver Action Network, there are approximately 65 million superheroes, uh…unpaid caregivers, providing an average of 20 hours per week of care to a disabled and/or aged loved one across the United States (http://caregiveraction.org/statistics/#CaregivingPopulation).  If we put all … Continue reading

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Excuse me, how do I get my validation?

So, now that we’ve discovered what validation is and the principles behind it, the question is:  “How do we do it?” To validate someone is to show that what s/he is saying and feeling has meaning and deserves to be … Continue reading

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Did you remember to validate?

I saw this sign at a parking garage and had to chuckle because validation means something different to me than to most everyone at the parking garage. Validation is a concept developed by Naomi Feil.  It is a way of … Continue reading

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“That’s nice.”

An eighty-eight year old female resident of an Assisted Living Dementia Unit was standing near the entrance to the dining room at the busiest time in the late afternoon right before dinner.  The CNA’s were all occupied in trying to … Continue reading

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