October, 2014
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The Montessori Way to Help People With Dementia


A Night at the Movies, Anyone?

A night at the movies...A very good way to engage someone with dementia is to re-introduce them to activities that they always enjoyed. The problem is that they probably lost interest in the activity for a reason – perhaps the pieces of the puzzle were too small, or the knitting pattern too complicated. The trick to success is to modify the activity to overcome those difficulties. It is much better to continue with activities that have been life-long favourites than to try to introduce something new.



iPad Apps

In our June newsletter we wrote about using tablet computers as a tool in providing therapeutic activities for people with dementia. Since then I have had even more success with my iPad, and discovered some new apps that are really quite amazing. They are fun and engaging, and people love them. Best of all, they are mostly free. If you have access to an iPad (most of the therapeutic apps are only available for iPads and not other tablets) then I highly recommend you have a look at these apps.


Nova Scotia Alzheimer Society Annual Conference...

Donna will be participating in a panel discussion titled "Engaging in Meaningful Activities" which should prove to be very interesting and informative. We will also have some of our activities on display in the exhibit area. If you can't attend the whole conference, attendance is free the evening of November 3. We hope to see you there.

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Did you know...

We can organize "DementiAbility Methods: The Montessori Way" workshops in your area for as few as ten participants. Contact us for more information.

"My Story" - Knowing the Person

Imagine walking into a stranger’s home and trying to strike up a conversation with the person. Add to that the fact that the person has difficulty communicating. What do you talk about? How do you react when they say something that you aren’t familiar with? How do you think the person feels having a stranger in their house? These are the things that visitors and professional dementia caregivers face when arriving at a person with dementia’s home or room in a facility.


Newsletter Bonus!

Download a completed sample "My Story"

Download "My Story" instructions


Seasonal Activities

Here are a couple of timely activity suggestions from our store for Halloween and Remembrance Day...


Art and Trivia

Each month we offer one or two free downloadable activities. This month we have a trivia activity for Halloween and an art activity for Remembrance Day.

Print as many copies as you like and have some fun!

Get the free activities...

Upcoming "DementiAbility Methods: The Montessori Way" Workshops

Souris, PE Nov. 17/18
Alberton, PE Dec. 1/2

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