March, 2015
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The Montessori Way to Help People With Dementia


Care and Construction

In 2011 a research project called "Care and Construction" was started in Nova Scotia, spearheaded by the Mount Saint Vincent Centre on Aging. The purpose of the project was to assess and identify factors that affect resident quality of life in different nursing home models of care, with the ultimate goal of disseminating that knowledge to improve care.

Over the course of the next three years, the group collected information from residents, staff and family members, using surveys, interviews, observations and focus groups, then analysed that information. The results of this extensive research showed that the factors that most affect resident quality of life are:


New Activity Instructions

We have introduced a new "Keys to Presenting an Activity" laminated card that highlights key techniques for making activities more meaningful and effective. It will be included with all orders, but if you'd like a copy now, you can download it by clicking on the key.

Upcoming Events

CTRA Conference

Donna will be giving a presentation on "Understanding and Creating Montessori Activities for People with Dementia" at the Canadian Therapeutic Recreation conference in St. John's NL on May 15. We'll also have our activities on display. Hope to see you there.

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Free Shipping

Don't forget about our free shipping on all orders of $75 or more. Orders less than $75 ship for only $10.

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We have also revamped the instructions for all of the activities that we sell to make them easier to read and follow. If you would like a copy of the new instructions for any activity that you have purchased from us, just send us a note telling us which instructions you would like to receive and we'll e-mail them to you.

Small Group Activities Workshop for Valley Recreation

We held a very successful Small Group Programming workshop for twenty (or so) members of the Valley Recreation Professionals in Health group earlier this month. Participants learned how to incorporate small group programs throughout the day and how to involve other staff and volunteers in keeping the programs running on an ongoing basis. They also had a lot of fun during the hands-on time experiencing the activities for themselves.

Here are some of the comments from participants...

Contact us if you would like more information or to find out about setting up a workshop in your area.

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Spring Word Search

The way the weather has been across most of Canada this winter it's hard to think about spring, but it really is just around the corner! Here are three levels of word search puzzles to help it come faster.

Spring Word Search

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Upcoming "DementiAbility Methods: The Montessori Way" Workshops

Charlottetown, PE March 24/25

Truro, NS May 28/29

Chester, NS TBA

Halifax, NS TBA

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