Friday, August 12, 2011

World Renowned Aging Expert Naomi Feil to Present Workshop at First Methodist Shreveport on Sept 22

Volunteers of America of North Louisiana and the Alzheimer’s Agency of Shreveport/Bossier are proud to present a one-day workshop for caregivers of the elderly led by internationally known aging expert Naomi Feil (pronounced File).

The workshop will be held Sept. 22 and is open anyone in the community caring for or concerned about a family member as well as professional caregivers. Over the course of the day, Feil will explain the theory and practice of Validation, a method of communicating with and helping elderly people coping with dementia, even those we might think are “too far gone.”

Validation is built on a non-judgmental approach to the sometimes strange questions and demands of people with dementia. It requires caregivers to explore those statements and actions at a deeper level instead of just dismissing them. The elderly are then treated with greater dignity and experience greater happiness and less stress.

Learn more about Validation at Or view this video of Feil working with a client:

The workshop will be held from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. in the Hunter Activities Building of First Methodist Church of Shreveport. The cost is $10, which includes lunch. Registration is required by Sept. 12. Register online at or by calling (318) 226-1325

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