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A Better Way to Communicate with Disoriented Elderly People

Event scheduled for Wednesday, January 23 at 7 p.m. in the Meeting Room at the Geneva Public Library, 127 James Street.

As more and more of our population moves into their senior years, many of us are challenged to understand and cope with the issues of aging. It is important to understand this stage of life, whether we have older family members, or if we are seniors ourselves. It is critical that we have the knowledge and the tools that we need to navigate these transitions well. The golden years of life can, in fact, be rich with meaning and connection, if we approach them with confidence and compassion.

Validation is a method of communicating with, and helping, disoriented elderly people. It is a practical way of connecting with them that helps reduce stress, enhance dignity, and increase happiness. Validation is built on an empathetic attitude and a holistic view of individuals. When one can "step into the shoes" of another human being and "see through their eyes," one can understand the meaning of their sometimes bizarre behavior.

Jo Letwaitis, a Geneva resident, is passionate about sharing the best ways of communicating with those afflicted with dementia and Alzheimer’s. She is one of approximately 500 Certified Validation Workers in the United States.

As president of The Senior Site, Jo Letwaitis is committed to educating elders and their loved ones about their senior living options. She has a private practice working with families, senior living communities and seniors. Helping all involved in working with the elderly, she improves their dementia communication skills. More information can be found at and

Join us for this second presentation in the Geneva Library Foundation’s new 2012-2013 Speaker Series. The series will host a variety of different speakers, all of which will be topics of interest to the Geneva community.

The evening will include a short reception with refreshments, presentation, and question and answer session. This is a free event. Reservations are not required, but are suggested.

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Cynthia Wade, 708-989-4439,