It's a new and unique workshop is going on this week. In fact the first of its kind in the valley and it's called Memory Bridge. The main purpose is to help create meaningful communication for those who have Alzheimer's Disease.
Naomi Feil heads the workshop that focuses on validation therapy techniques. This helps communication with those who have Alzheimer's disease. Feil created these techniques and has traveled around the world with workshops since the 70's.
Altenheim and Faith in Action Caregivers have worked together for over a year and a half to make this workshop happen. They are happy with the big turnout of about 125 people on their first day. They believe this workshop will improve the community and quality of life for those living with Alzheimer's.
"This whole concept of validation therapy and the memories that we all have and how those are getting lost as people get older and develop Alzheimer's. We wanted to do something that will impact the quality of their lives," said Faith in Action Executive Director Jeanette Wojcik.
If you missed out on the workshop but would like to learn more you can go to faith-in-action-wheeling.org or call (304) 243-5420 for Faith in Action Caregivers. This is the first time they've held anything like this in the Wheeling area and hope to continue events like this in the future.