June, 2015
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The Montessori Way to Help People With Dementia


Nova Scotia's New Dementia Strategy

The long awaited Dementia Strategy has just been released by the Nova Scotia government. It is a multi-pronged approach, with three key priority areas:

  1. Facilitate early diagnosis, treatment, care and support
  2. Coordinate care and supports across the system
  3. Enhance awareness and understanding about dementia

Within each of these areas, the strategy lays out a plan for action to take place over the next three years, and includes such things as improving education for both home caregivers and professionals, developing an integrated approach to dementia care across health care disciplines and strengthening early diagnosis.

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Events:
Past and Future

We had a busy week in Ontario at the beginning of June, exhibiting at both the Caregiver Show for home caregivers and the Therapeutic Recreation Ontario conferenceEvents for professionals. We met a lot of interesting people, gave out lots of free activities and hopefully helped people with some of their questions about dementia care. Our products were very well received - in fact, the most common thing we heard was "Why haven't we heard of you before?" Well, now you have, and you'll be hearing more from us in the future.


Upcoming
Workshops

Fall may seem a long way off, and we certainly don't want to rush it, but it is time to start planning.

We have scheduled two DementiAbility Methods: The Montessori Way workshops - one in Halifax on September 22/23 and one in Charlottetown on October 6/7. It's not too early to register. Find more information and registration forms on our website.

Are you on Facebook?


We are.

We post the latest news and information about what's new in dementia care, new studies and research. We like to keep up to date and so can you - just "like" us on Facebook and you'll have access to what we find.

Speaking of the future, we'll once again be participating in the Alzheimer Society of Nova Scotia's annual conference, which this year is about "Shifting Focus in Alzheimer ConferenceDementia Care". Donna will be presenting a talk entitled "Excellent Care Evolved by Focusing on One Interaction at a Time" where she will describe the successes achieved by maximizing the therapeutic benefit of every interaction. We will also have our products on display. The conference is at the Holiday Inn Harbourview in Dartmouth on October 19 and 20.

FROM THE BLOG

Dementia Friends Canada

The Dementia Friends Canada program is a joint initiative between the Alzheimer Society of Canada and the federal government. It is part of an international movement to raise public awareness about dementia.

The idea is to become a "friend", learn more about living with dementia and then turn that knowledge into simple actions that can help. Simple things such as checking in with someone with dementia, volunteering, sharing information about dementia. Small things that can make a difference.

Take it one step further and become an Ambassador to help spread the message

Are you a Dementia Friend?

LIMITED SUPPLY

Aquapaint Special!

We have a few bundles of our original Aquapaint Grab & Go's still available, Aquapaint Bundleand we're selling them at a special price.

Instead of the original price of $120, we're offering the bundle of four Grab & Go's (16 Aquapaint sheets in total) for only $100. There's only a few left, and when they're gone, they're gone.

More information on our website.

FREE ACTIVITY

Oh My!

Here's a great summer word search with "camping" as the theme, and even a BEAR hidden inside. Two levels are provided - as always, start with the easier one and only move to the more difficult after achieving success.

Word SearchClick to download

In keeping with the camping theme, here's a bonus bear template for your Tangram activity. Start with the template with the lines, then switch to the blank template, drawing in lines as necessary. If you don't have a Tangram, you can find them here.

Tangram BearClick to download


Upcoming "DementiAbility Methods: The Montessori Way" Workshops

Halifax, NS September 22/23

Charlottetown, PE October 6/7

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