Links to resources and Reading Suggestions about Validation, Dementia, Alzheimer’s disease, and other topics.
Resource Organizations for Support
North American Validation Association: vfvalidation.org
National Council of Certified Dementia Practitioners: NCCDP.org
Alzheimer’s Association: www.alz.org
The Charlie Foundation: www.charliefoundation.org
The Genius of Marian (Video) : www.geniusofmarian.com
Memory Bridge – The Foundation for Alzheimer’s and Cultural Memory: memorybridge.org
Reading Resources and Information
The Validation Breakthrough: Simple Techniques for Communicating with People with Alzheimer’s and Other Dementias by Naomi Feil and Vicki de Klerk-Rubin
The Dementia Concept by Joshua J. Freitas
Alzheimer’s Disease: What If There Was A Cure? by Mary T. Newport, M.D.
Spirit Heals: Awakening a Woman’s Inner Knowing for Self-Healing by Dr. Meredith Young-Sowers
The 36-Hour Day: A Family Guide to Caring for People Who Have Alzheimer Disease, Related Dementias, and Memory Loss by Nancy L. Mace, M.A., and Peter V. Rabins, M.D., M.P.H.
The Antioxidant Miracle: Your Complete Plan for Total Health and Healing by Lester Packer, PH.D., and Carol Colman
Aging With Grace: What the Nun Study Teaches Us About Leading Longer, Healthier, and More Meaningful Lives by David Snowden, P.H.D.
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“Hi, I’m George. My wife Sally was diagnosed with dementia in 2010. I recently learned about the practice of Validation and quickly realized how much of a powerful tool this technique is for caregivers. As Sally’s caregiver, I was fortunate to secure the services of Krissy Wuerdeman to assess and evaluate Sally’s stage of dementia. Krissy’s work has been remarkable, and she has earned my utmost respect and gratitude for the excellent, rewarding and compassionate Validation work she has performed for Sally. Krissy’s work, spanning a number of visits at various times produced very positive outcomes. She has been able to unearth a “life force” in Sally that has long been struggling to emerge. She has provided me with the feedback I have been seeking and hoping for throughout Sally’s confinement. Prior to the onset of her dementia, Sally was a very bright, active individual. She was a poet, a technical writer and an avid reader. I have long felt that Sally possesses a strong will to survive, but was ill-equipped to prove she was not wasting away as a result of her dementia. Now I feel confident in aggressively utilizing Krissy’s unique approach to Validation in restoring life to my relationship with Sally. Thank you Krissy for making this wonderful outcome possible.”~ George B., Merrimack