January, 2015
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The Montessori Way to Help People With Dementia


Restarting a stalled Montessori Implemention

We are all looking to provide the best care that we can, and that is why we look to Montessori Methods and other programmes for strategies to improve care. Taking the two day DementiAbility: The Montessori Way workshop is a fantastic first step towards implementing Montessori Methods, but it is only the first step. It takes a lot of time, cooperation within the organization and effort to start the implementation. It takes even more to get the full benefits of a successful implementation.


Habits, Routines and Hobbies

Having a loved one at home with dementia can be challenging, but can also be rewarding.

In the early stages things are pretty normal and life carries on pretty much as always. As time goes on and the disease progresses, changes have to be made both to the physical environment and also in day to day life. There are many different types of dementia and each situation and person is different, but research has shown some common techniques that work well to help the person maintain their abilities as long as possible and lead a fulfilling life.


New Selections and Reduced Pricing!

Our Sequenced Puzzles are a favourite with our clients and now there's even more to choose from. We've added ten new puzzles to the collection, plus a Paint Your Own version. And to make it easy to always have a selection on hand, we now offer a 10% discount on the purchase of any four or more.

See the new puzzles...

PEI Conference

Donna will be giving a presentation on "Engaging in Meaningful Activity" at the third annual Alzheimer Awareness Conference in Charlottetown on January 22. We hope to see you there.

Pink Tower

Exciting New Traditional Montessori Products

Our traditional Montessori activities have proven to be very popular and highly effective in engaging people. We've been working on developing new products for some time and are pleased to announce our new Pink Tower and Brown Stairs activities. These products are complementary to each other and can be used either separately or together.

The Pink Tower consists of a set of 10 pink cubes, each of a different size.Brown Stairs The Brown Stairs are the same size as the Pink Tower, but instead of being cubes they are long, rectangular blocks. Together with the supplied templates, each activity can be used to explore the relationship between the sizes of the pieces and to make shapes with them. Pink Tower/Brown StairsPutting the two together opens up even more possibilities because each Pink Tower cube has a matching Brown Stair block.

Both activities are offered in a regular size for individuals as well as a large size that is ideal for small group activities.

Click to see the Pink Tower, Brown Stairs and our other Traditional Montessori products.


Implementing Montessori: The First Steps

To help facilities implement the Montessori methods taught in the DementiAbility Methods: The Montessori Way two day workshop, we're introducing a series of shorter, complementary training programmes. The first is "Implementing Montessori:The First Steps", a one day course for people who have taken the two day workshop but want more practical help getting started. Because of the hands-on nature of the workshop, attendance is limited to ten participants. Contact us if you're interested in scheduling a workshop in your area.

Find out more...

DementiAbility Workshops

We have a full slate of two-day DementiAbility Methods: The Montessori Way workshops coming between now and the summer. The first are scheduled for Halifax March 10/11 and Charlottetown March 24/25. Once the snow melts, we plan on adding more to the schedule.

We can organize workshops in your area for as few as ten participants. Contact us for more information


Pink Tower Cut and Paste

Here's a two-dimensional Pink Tower that you can make yourself. Just download the package, cut out the shapes and paste them on a piece of paper or cardboard in the shape of the tower shown on the sheet. The package includes a black and white version that can be coloured (or print it on coloured paper) and a colour version that can be printed on a colour printer.

Click to download.

Upcoming "DementiAbility Methods: The Montessori Way" Workshops

Halifax, NS March 10/11
Charlottetown, PE March 24/25

Click for more information...

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