Robert Best

Talking with someone who has Dementia

Reality Orientation Therapy versus Validation Therapy

I once attended a Dementia Friendly Community Forum in Oconomowoc, where former Governor Martin Schreiber shared touching stories about his personal experience as caregiver for his wife, who had Alzheimer’s disease. His stories related to the topic of reality orientation therapy and validation therapy.

Reality orientation and validation therapy are tools to help us respond to confusion brought on by Alzheimer’s disease and other forms of dementia in a positive and beneficial way. We want to increase happy emotions and reduce distress and anxiety.

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