The Memory Bridge: Creating Meaningful Communication for Those Living with Alzheimer's Disease

Wheeling, West Virginia
Tuesday, September 17, 2013
The Memory Bridge: Creating Meaningful Communication for Those Living with Alzheimer's Disease
Tuesday, September 17, 2013 8:00 AM -
Wednesday, September 18, 2013 4:30 PM (Eastern Time)

Wheeling Jesuit University
316 Washington Avenue
Wheeling, West Virginia 26003
United States

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The Altenheim Resource and Referral Center and Faith in Action Caregivers, Inc. will bring Naomi Feil and Michael Verde to Wheeling Jesuit University on September 17 and 18, 2013.  The two-day workshop will teach the Validation Therapy techniques and explore the spiritual needs of those living with Alzheimer's Disease.

The program is intended for nurses, social workers, discharge planners, nursing home professionals, recreational therapists, activity directors, and other health care or social service professionals as well as anyone caring for or helping someone who is living with Alzheimer's Disease or other forms of dementia. 

Naomi Feil, M.S.W., A.C.S.W., created Validation Therapy between 1963 and 1980 in response to her dissatisfaction with traditional methods of working with the severely disoriented person.  Validation is a tested model of practice that helps old disoriented people reduce stress, enhance dignity and improve happiness.  Validation accepts the old person who returns to the past.  The retreat is not seen as mental illness or disease.  It is survival.  Ms. Feil has taught these techniques to more than 80,000 health care workers and family caregivers in the United States, Europe, Asia, Australia, South America and Africa.  She has authored numerous articles for professional publications and several books.  She has also authored eleven award-winning film scripts

Michael Verde is the founder and president of Memory Bridge: The Foundation for Alzheimer's and Cultural Memory.  He is an author and holds a master's degree in theology.  Memory Bridge creates programs that connect people with Alzheimer's Disease and related dementias to family, friends, and other people in their local community.  The goal of Memory Bridge is to create a global community of people who are learning to listen to people with dementia for what they have to teach us about our own humanity.  Mr. Verde was instrumental in the development of the interview guide used by the Library of Congress Veteran's History Project.  He also developed a curriculum and school program called The Memory Bridge Initiative.  He produced the PBS documentary There is a Bridge and launched an art exhibit titled  Mapping Lives: The Art of Listening. 

There is a fee of $50.00 per person for the two-day workshop and includes continental breakfast, lunch and breaks each day. 

CEU credit for nursing (13 hours) will be available  for an additional $5.00 fee.  CEU credit for nursing is provided by the Altenheim Resource and Referral Center (License Number WV20030431RN).  CEU credit for social work (13 hours) is available for an additional $5.00 fee.  CEU credit for social work is provided by Bethany College, an approved provider for the West Virginia Board of Social Work (License Number 490052). 

Documentation of attendance will be provided for other disciplines and licenses held in other states.  

Registration Deadline has been extended to Tuesday, September 10, 2013. All registrations must be received by 5:00 p.m.


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Payment Instructions

  • Participants can pay online using a credit card.  Transaction fees will be added to the registration fee.  Or, pay by check and send to Faith in Action Caregivers, Inc., 1359 National Road, Wheeling, WV 26003.
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