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Montessori and Senior Living: Montessori Method for Dementia

The Montessori Method was created for teaching students, but it’s practical application can be used for a variety of things. For those suffering from memory loss, it’s a positive approach to reinforcing individual abilities.

The Montessori Method

Created in the early 1900s by Dr. Maria Montessori, the Montessori method provided a different approach to learning. Children were taught and treated as whole people with varying abilities and tastes. They were allowed to work at their own pace without pressure. Furniture was custom-made to fit smaller bodies, and colorful teaching tools were easy to manipulate and hold with small hands.

Part of the classroom experience involved learning how to do daily tasks like cleaning, washing dishes, and sweeping the floors. These activities helped instill a sense of purpose in each child. It also promoted the idea they “can do” whatever they put their minds to.

Montessori Approach to Dementia

The same principles that Dr. Montessori applied to children can be applied to people suffering from dementia and Alzheimer’s disease. The brightly colored tools for dementia patients help keep their visual attention while moving parts keep their hands busy.

Like Montessori for children, the focus is on whole-person growth. Rather than focusing on what the disease has taken from them, Montessori focuses on the things they can still do. It’s all about celebrating each person for who they are and improving their quality of life.

To learn more about the whole-person approach to memory care, reach out online or call The Virginian.


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