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Montessori?

 

I recently read an article about the Montessori approach for alzheimer's rsts.

It's meant for school children but it is marvelous for the demented and full alzheimer rst. And it is appropriate too.

 

some of the suggested activities are;

 

hide big different sized plactic coins in unpopped popcorn and have the rst find them and place them on a card with matching sized circles.

 

sort colored pom-poms into the appropriate colored spot of an ice tray

 

sort colored letters by either color or letter

 

sort colored golf balls from a bucket into the matching colored part of a muffin pan using an ice cream scoop, this simulates the act of eating

 

put two piece puzzles together, take facial pictures from magazines and have them match them up, they can, if aware, put them under the category theybelong in such as happy, sad etc.

 

bean bag pie- on a poster board draw a pie chart, in each section put an action, stomp feet, clap hands, shout amen, things like that, they take tuns throwing bean bags at it on the floor whatever it lands on you tell what it says and they do it.

 

Pretty neat ideas huh? :lol: I thought so anyway.

 

Let me know if you have tried the Montessori approach, if it worked for you and if you liked it or not. :roll: Try it if you haven't.

 

Cin

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I actually have just heard of the Montessori Based Approach this week at a conference. The speaker was Sherl Stanley a Manager of Recreation Therapy out of Ohio. The approach seemed wonderful & worth trying. This approach uses sequencing and primary colors to help the memory impaired resident to complete tasks that we often do for them. To learn more you can look up information on the Myers Research Institue of Cleveland in which they have studied the effectiveness of these approaches. There is also a book that can be purchased that can educate us on this approach. I am not sure of the title, but I'm sure that it can be easily found! This approach seems to be the "up & coming" idea because it prevents us as Activity Directors to just do the activity for them but the activities actually cause them to use the abilities that they still have. Good luck, I know that this approach is worth trying! ;-)

Heather

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A collegue of mine went to an inservice on it last year. The information she passed along to me listed this as the resource www.myersresearch.org. From a Dr. Cameron J. Camp. My coworker thought that it was a great idea and said that the training gave her some great ideas!

 

Hopefully that helps!

 

--LB

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Has anyone attempted this approach since last year? I haven't heard of this?

 

Karen

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Hi All ,

You know, I have only recently heard about this approach for seniors,my own children have been taught this approach to learning in preschool.I have actually used many approaches / activities that I do with my own children on my Alzheimers and Dementia residents and have found great success with it! I think what ever works for you and you residents is a great idea,whether it is specifically designed to use on them or not. I am very interested in learning more about this though, who has used this, and what the outcomes were......

Have fun! Gina :-)

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Does anyone know if this Montessori approach to Alzheimer's/Dementia recreation has anything on gardening? We have some great raised gardens to plant shortly and any way we can have the assisted residents contribute in an easy way would be wonderful!

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I have worked with Pam Nickleson from Menorah Park in Beachwood and have discovered that providing my residents with Montessori activities was much easier than a few of the books made it seem. The ideas for a Montessori activities are endless and so practicle. I started my program with a trip to the dollar store and $50. The thing to remember with Montessori approach is that the activity which you have the resident doing must be failure free. If you need any ideas for great, inexpensive activities email me at dmazon1@core.com.

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Hi, Everyone! :-)

 

The following link takes you directly to the Myers Research html of the things you are discussing. The book, Montessori-Based Activities for Persons with Dementia is available from Amazon.com. The html link to Myers Research is http://www.myersresearch.org/MontInt.html .

 

Best wishes, ;-)

Linda Lucas, AD

 

PS: Here is the Amazon.com link from The Activity Director's Office website: http://www.theactivitydirectorsoffice.com/...ourceBooks.html

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