2017 HOUSTON CAREGIVER CONFERENCE HOSTED BY ALZHEIMER’S ASSOCIATION INCLUDES SPECIAL PRESENTATION ON THE VALIDATION METHOD
The Alzheimer’s Association Houston & Southeast Texas Chapter invited the Greater Houston community to attend the annual Caregiver Conference on June 24, 2017 at Chapelwood United Methodist Church.
This educational conference provided caregivers with the latest information on topics related to caring for someone with Alzheimer’s or another dementia.
The conference delivered presentations designed to:
- Build on caregiver skills,
- Boost confidence,
- Help reduce caregiver stress.
We had a special presentation on The Validation Method developed by Naomi Feil.
The Validation Method is a holistic therapy for treating Alzheimer’s disease that focuses on listening with empathy and asking questions that help the person with memory loss fully express their concerns and frustrations. These conversations reduce anxiety and often lead to resolution of worries and a willingness to enjoy interactions with others. Numerous studies have shown that validation reduces stress for caregivers while enhancing dignity and happiness for those who are validated.
“This year the Alzheimer’s Association invited persons with mild cognitive impairment or early memory loss to attend the conference,” said Ann Marie McDonald, Program Officer with the Alzheimer’s Association Houston & Southeast Texas Chapter. “Sessions specially designed for diagnosed individuals focused on choices and living life to the fullest with Alzheimer’s or other dementias. It is possible to live well with Alzheimer’s by taking control of your health and wellness, and focusing your energy on the aspects of your life you find most meaningful.”
Keynote address was delivered by Stephen Klotz a Validation Training Institute Master Trainer. Klotz began studies of the Validation Method with its creator, Naomi Feil in 1999. In 2009, he was certified by the Validation Training Institute as a Validation Master.
For the first time, total payments for caring for individuals living with Alzheimer’s or other dementias exceeded a quarter trillion dollars ($259 billion), according to findings from the 2017 Alzheimer’s Disease Facts and Figures report.
Additionally, despite support from Medicare, Medicaid and other sources of financial assistance, individuals with Alzheimer’s or other dementias still incur high out-of-pocket costs. The average per-person out-of-pocket costs for seniors with Alzheimer’s and other dementias are almost five times higher than average per-person payments for seniors without these conditions ($10,315 versus $2,232).
Alzheimer’s By the Numbers:
- Of the estimated 5.5 million Americans with Alzheimer’s dementia in 2017, 5.3 million people are age 65 and older and approximately 200,000 are under age 65 (younger-onset Alzheimer’s) including 360,000 in Texas.
- Barring the development of medical breakthroughs, the number of people age 65 and older with Alzheimer’s dementia may nearly triple from 5.3 million to 13.8 million by 2050.
- Every 66 seconds, someone in the U.S. develops Alzheimer’s dementia. By mid-century, someone in the U.S. will develop the disease every 33 seconds.
- Approximately 480,000 people—almost half a million—age 65 or older will develop Alzheimer’s dementia in the U.S. in 2017.
- Two-thirds of Americans over age 65 with Alzheimer’s dementia (3.3 million) are women.
- Alzheimer’s is the sixth-leading cause of death in the U.S. and the fifth-leading cause of death for those ages 65 and older. In Texas, 6,772 died with Alzheimer’s in 2014, the most recent figure available.
- Alzheimer’s remains the only disease among the top 10 causes of death in America that cannot be prevented, cured or even slowed.