Anyone who’s caring for or supporting a loved one whose health is challenged have common threads in their stories. Adele Lund, Director Community and Business Relations at Laureate Group Senior Communities, tells a loving story about her friend Susan’s journey.
Alzheimer’s and Dementia Care
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.