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Montessori-Based Activities for Alzheimer’s Care

Activities for Alzheimer'sAlzheimer’s and dementia are some of the most frustrating medical conditions for everybody involved.  Both the patient and family are strongly effected and tensions run high.  It can be depressing and aggravating for family members and extremely scary for the patients.  For years, many different theories have been put in to practice to try to ease the burden that Alzheimer’s disease puts on the psyche.  Up until recently, nothing has really shown to have any positive effect on patients with Alzheimer’s.  

Idea Of the Montessori method

The Montessori method is a new and progressive way to treat patients with Alzheimer’s disease and dementia.  The idea is to distract the patients with engaging activities that they will find rewarding, resulting in a level of relaxation and reduced anxiety they’ve not felt since prior to the disease.  This complete reduction of anxiety allows for gainful conversation between the patient and the caregivers or family members.

Issues that may arise

Some issues and complications can arise during the preliminary steps of the Montessori method.  If it seems to be a struggle to find a task or activity that the Alzheimer patient enjoys or finds rewarding, additional stress that would have been otherwise avoided is now added to the mix.  For example, if one individual doesn’t like gardening, it is foolish to make he or she try to garden and have a conversation with somebody they believe is a complete stranger at the same time.  The key is finding activities for Alzheimer’s care that the patient enjoys.

How to Conduct a Montessori-Based Session

Approach the preliminary discussion with the patient in a friendly and calm way.  Do not force the patient in to anything and instead, lay out a large variety of things for the patient to take interest in if he or she feels inclined.  For example, put board games out in plain sight, lay out a horticulture book, grant access to a kitchen for baking, and monitor the individual closely.  Once you see something the patient is interested in, make the friendly conversation starter about that particular activity.  Conversation is organic and will grow from there as you both participate in the activities for Alzheimer’s care.  

Once the caregiver has acquired a certain level of trust, conversation can move to family or other interests.  If the patient is responding well to the social treatment, new individuals can be brought in to the Montessori meetings.  The Montessori based activities are allowing Alzheimer’s patients all over the world to reconnect with the people that love them and has a promising future when it comes to the treatment of Alzheimer’s disease.

 

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