Students Connecting with the Elderly: Validation as a Tool

Jo Ann Jankoski, Annette Frey

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In this article we respond to the call to action that is the crisis among seniors called The Silver Tsunami! We describe the education of students through the use of Feil's Validation Therapy. There are growing concerns among social service providers regarding the rapid increase of the elderly population and the lack of adequate staff to provide care for our seniors. If we as educators, agency administrators, or committed family members ignore this call to action, the cycle of the employee "revolving door" will continue with inadequately trained and emotionally disconnected personnel working with aging persons. Frontline workers are the backbone of any agency. They are the ones who interact with seniors and their loved ones and collaborate with other medical and community professionals. We, as their teachers, must enhance their knowledge and skills so they many continue to provide service to the second most vulnerable population.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)486-490
Number of pages5
JournalEducational Gerontology
Issue number7
StatePublished - Jul 2012

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Education
  • Geriatrics and Gerontology


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