Block 5: Find a Respectful Distance (The Skill Building Blocks)


Learn how important it is to find the right distance from another person and how to sense this. Getting too close, especially when communicating with an older adult living with Alzheimer’s disease or a related dementia, can create anger or fear. Staying too far away can block good communication. Find that ‘just right’ spot and communication can flow easily.



Skill Building
6 online, on-demand training blocks that deliver basic Validation techniques that help you better communicate with aging parents and older adults living with Alzheimer’s disease or related dementia. In just 30 minutes you will learn an important communication skill. Each block has three parts which you can complete at your own pace.

  • Lesson 1 describes the skill and shows you why it is important to learn.
  • Lesson 2 is an exercise that helps you practice the skill.
  • Lesson 3 shows you the skill in practice and gives specific suggestions on how you can embed it into your life.