The Validation Method for Alzheimer’s Caregivers

A Holistic Therapy for Treating Alzheimer’s Disease & Dementia

What is Validation?

The Validation Method is a holistic therapy for treating Alzheimer’s disease and dementia. It is a method of communication that emphasizes listening and empathy. Validation helps reduce stress for caregivers while enhancing dignity, self-worth, and happiness for Alzheimer’s patients. This method offers people with Alzheimer’s or dementia a way to express themselves whether that be verbal or nonverbal.

Where did the Validation Method begin?

This method of communication was developed by Naomi Feil as a response to her dissatisfaction with traditional methods of working with people with with Alzheimer’s and dementia. She is the Founder and Director in Chief of the Validation Training Institute. Her method stresses the importance of patience and observation when communicating with people diagnosed with dementia or Alzheimer’s to help them feel human connections again.

Validation Method in Practice with Alzheimer’s Patient

The Benefits of the Validation Method for Alzheimer’s Caregivers

  • Alzheimer’s patients communicate more verbally and non-verbally.
  • Alzheimer’s patients express less anxiety.
  • Caregivers express a greater sense of fulfillment and morale
  • Caregivers experience a decrease in stress.
  • Alzheimer’s patients experience an improved sense of self-worth.

Learn about more benefits of the Validation Method.


Being a caregiver doesn’t come with an instruction manual, but there are resources available to help. Use the trainings, workshops, books and DVDs on this page to gain caregiving skills and practical advice.

When Alzheimer’s touches your life, we are here for you. Call 1-800-272-3900 any time day or night or visit us online at alz.org/texas for reliable information and support

Isabel Le

Isabel Le is currently the Marketing and Communications intern at The Alzheimer's Association Houston and Southeast Chapter. She will graduate Texas A&M University in May of 2018 with a major in Communication and minor in Business.