It is estimated 380,000 Texans are currently living with Alzheimer’s disease and that number is expected to grow. In an effort to increase disease awareness, provide community education to caregivers and support those affected by the disease, Alzheimer’s Texas will host an educational Lunch N’ Learn in Wimberley, TX. Stephen Catoe, Positive Approach to Care, Validation Therapy Trainer, and Alzheimer’s Texas Education Specialist, will teach the Feil Validation Method. Validation is a way of communicating with and helping disoriented individuals. It is a practical way of communicating 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 step into the world of disoriented people and understand the meaning of their behavior. The Lunch N’ Learn program is the centerpiece of our rural education and awareness outreach efforts. The goals of the program are to provide education that is not readily available in the community, connect with local constituents, provide on-site care consultations, and open doors for the development of future programs. As with all of our services, there is no charge to attend, and a light lunch will be provided.