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Montessori Method for Seniors with Dementia and Memory Loss

All older adults and persons with dementia have the right to a caring community that is aligned with the individual’s needs, interests, abilities, skills and strengths for optimal social, emotional, physical and cognitive support. The Montessori environment is carefully prepared to meet and nurture the needs of each person, providing opportunity for success, choice, enhanced independence and self-initiated activity. Lives are enriched through the engagement in roles, routines and activities, fostering a sense of belonging and well-being.

Benefits of the Montessori Approach

Montessori principles result in increased safety, reduced agitation and wandering, and promote improved quality of life, self esteem and independence. They give residents a reason to get out of bed every day and can complement other models of care. By using Spaced Retrieval Techniques people can learn procedures and routines to increase independence and safety such as taking medication, locking doors, using walking frames and other strategies designed to maintain independence and manage anxiety or other behaviours that are the result of unmet needs. The end result of these strategies is increased independence and meaningful activity. A Montessori environment for dementia can result in:

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