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The Validation Method: A Better Way to Communicate with Disriented Elderly People
Library Foundation Speaker Series Announces:
THE VALIDATION METHOD: A Better Way to Communicate with Disoriented Elderly People
23 from 7:00 – 9:00 PM in the Meeting Room at the Geneva Library, 127 James
Street, Geneva, IL.
As more and more of our population moves into their senior years, many of us are challenged to understand and cope with the issues of aging. It is important to understand this stage of life whether we have older family members or friends and perhaps, even if we are seniors ourselves. It is critical that we have the knowledge and the tools that we need to navigate its transitions well. The golden years of
life can in fact be rich with meaning and connection, if we approach them with confidence and compassion.
Validation is a method of communicating with and helping disoriented elderly people. It is a practical way of connecting with them that helps reduce stress, enhance dignity and increase happiness. Validation is built on an empathetic attitude and a holistic view of individuals. When one can "step into the shoes" of another human being and "see through their eyes," one can step into the world of disoriented people and understand the meaning of their sometimes bizarre behavior.
Jo Letwaitis, a Geneva resident, is passionate about sharing
the best ways of communicating with those afflicted with dementia and Alzheimer’s. She is one of approximately 500 Certified Validation Workers in the United States.
As president of The Senior Site, Jo Letwaitis is committed to educating elders and their loved ones about their senior living options. She has a private practice, working with families, senior living communities and seniors, helping all involved in working with the elderly to improve their dementia communication skills. More information can be found at www.theseniorsite.com and www.vfvalidation.org.
Join us for the second presentation in the Geneva Library Foundation’s new 2012-2013 Speaker Series. The series will host a variety of different speakers, all of which will be topics of interest to the Geneva community.
The evening will include a short reception, introduction of the Geneva Library Foundation, the presentation of the speaker, and a question and answers session. Refreshments will be served. This is a free event. Reservations are not required, but suggested. You can register by visiting our website at www.genevalibraryfoundation.org. You will find a link to register there.
The Geneva Library Foundation was established in 2005 as a charitable organization to provide support for current and future library materials, services and facilities. It is
recognized by the IRS as a 501(c) (3) charitable organization. With a goal of raising $1 million by 2016 and $2 million by 2021, the GLF is committed to providing a substantial, permanent, and stable source of funds to support the Geneva Public Library.
FOR MORE INFORMATION
Cynthia Wade, 708-989-4439, CynthiaKayWade@aol.com
|Where||Geneva Public Library 127 James St, Geneva, IL 60134|
|Next on||This event is over.|
|Time||7:00 pm–8:45 pm|
|Who to bring||Moms, Dads, Singles, Everyone, Families, Seniors|
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