August, 2014
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The Montessori Way to Help People With Dementia

Increasing the Engagement of Residents

One of the challenges that we are faced with is trying to improve the level of engagement of residents.

We all know, and research confirms that engaging residents as often as possible in meaningful activity improves their quality of life and reduces responsive behaviours. The problem in most facilities is that there simply is not enough staff time available to do this. It takes a lot of time to find an activity, set it up and be with the resident while they do it.

We can help with that.



Popsicles and the Value of Choice

I was recently visiting a facility on a hot day. While I was there the staff came around with a box of popsicles for the residents. The staff member approached each resident, reached into the box and handed them a popsicle. What a nice relief from the heat, and the residents appreciated it.

What I saw was a missed opportunity.


NS Recreation Professionals in Health Annual Conference and AGM

Inspire Meaningful Living

Oct. 2 and 3, 2014

This year's conference is being held at the Wandlyn Inn in Bridgewater. Donna will be presenting a talk titled "Understanding and Creating Montessori Activities" where she will talk about the basics of the Montessori approach and offer ideas and suggestions on how to make your own Montessori based activities. We will also have some of our activities on display at the "Marketplace". We look foward to seeing you there.

More information on the NSRPH website...

Presenting an Activity, the Montessori Way

You have selected an activity, made sure that it is suitable for the resident and are ready to go. What next? First up is to make sure that you have prepared a place to do the activity. It should be comfortable and have minimal distractions. Have all  the materials that you need at hand before you invite the person to join you.


Reading Groups -
An Easy and Effective Activity

When you first learn about Montessori activities it’s sometimes hard to know how to get started. One of the easiest and most successful ways to put the concepts into practice is with a reading group. It’s ready to go, of interest to the participants and you’ll see fast results.


Free Activities

It's Back to School time and this month's activities reflect that theme. Download and print the Picture Bingo with fun school images and the back to school Anagram Challenge. Print as many copies as you like and have some fun!

Get the Activities...

Upcoming "DementiAbility Methods: The Montessori Way" Workshops

Kings, PE Sep. (TBA)
Sydney, NS Sep. 24/25

Halifax, NS Nov. (TBA)
Charlottetown, PE Nov. (TBA)

Click for more information...

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