Self validating definition
Bradley Bursack is also a contributor to several books on caregiving and dementia, and is passionate about preserving the dignity of elders. Follow Carol on Twitter @mindingourelder and on Facebook at Minding Our Elders.
Here’s the story: The student was visiting a neighbor who had Lewy body dementia (LBD).
They want to swim.” The visitor said, “Well, that’s silly of them!
” The conversation went on and, by the end, both of them were laughing.
Obviously, the visitor “lied.” In my opinion, she handled the situation exceptionally well because the woman who lived with LBD became relaxed, happy and felt “validated.” I asked de Klerk if she could tell me how that scenario would have been handled using the Validation Method.
“Validation does not always work well with people who have LBD,” de Klerk said.