Helping caregivers in their daily lives
How does the Montessori method adapted for seniors with Alzheimer’s disease provide support and a solution for caregivers in their daily lives?
Following a diagnosis of cognitive impairment in a loved one, the caregiver considers himself or herself capable of meeting the challenge alone and often for a few years.
Unfortunately, the disease affects and infects many areas of the daily life of those involved.
For example, communication problems, social/family interactions and lifestyle issues.
It is in this context that the Montessori method proves to be an indispensable tool and support to improve the quality of life of the caregiver and the person being cared for.
Here are some of the benefits of the approach:
- Allowing the person with cognitive disorders, including severe ones, to engage positively in meaningful activities;
- To regain a sense of control over their life, always respecting their choices;
- To give back a place and a role in the community;
- An approach that focuses not on the deficits but on the existing capacities of the person affected;
- The person relearns the gestures of daily life in order to preserve his or her autonomy as long as possible.
With the Montessori method, the person with Alzheimer’s disease reduces his or her anxiety and apathy regarding his or her living condition.
For the caregiver, he or she will develop innovative and effective strategies to promote a more positive dynamic in their relationship.
By applying and adapting activities to the needs, interests and abilities of the person being cared for, the caregiver brings a new vision of the disease that changes the support and greatly reduces the difficulties of the person being cared for.