Block 6: Ask, Don’t Tell (The Skill Building Blocks)


Learn a simple but powerful tool for good communication when relating to aging parents or caring for an older adult living with Alzheimer’s disease or a related dementia. Recognize the difference between your needs and those of the other person. By exploring the needs and feelings of the other, you create a bond, a trusting relationship. This is the foundation of open communication.



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.