Unpacking Dementia Myths

“It Doesn’t Matter Because They Won’t Remember Anyway.” Unpacking Dementia Myths: If you are a memory care professional, you’ve likely heard this expression before. Maybe the thought has even crossed your own mind at some point in your experience providing care for a person with dementia. The idea, of course, is that slip-ups or shortcuts…

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Deception in Dementia Care

Deception in dementia care is examined in this article* entitled: Truth, Deception & Consequences.  Professionals who work in memory care often are asked questions that are difficult or uncomfortable to answer truthfully. These questions require us to make a choice.  While opinions are plentiful, there is a lack of consensus on the topic of deception…

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Unpacking Dementia Myths

Unpacking Dementia Myths: “It Doesn’t Matter Because They Won’t Remember Anyway.” If you are a memory care professional, you’ve likely heard this expression before. Maybe the thought has even crossed your own mind at some point in your experience providing care for a person with dementia. The idea, of course, is that slip-ups or shortcuts…

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Montessori Alzheimer Solution in LTC

Montessori Alzheimer Solution in LTC: Draw on the Past of the Alzheimer’s Resident Mr. Gagnon is an elderly gentleman who has Alzheimer’s disease. He has been living in a long-term care residence for 2 years and wanders the corridors several times a day. Every morning, he gets up very early and leaves his room. Sometimes…

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Accepting the New Reality

Accepting the new reality will help to preserve harmony in relationships affected by dementia. Mrs. Duchesne* is in the moderate stage of Alzheimer’s and behaves in a somewhat controlling manner, insisting she can do things that she really shouldn’t be doing. Her husband tries to intervene, but she is adamant. She defiantly declares, “Yes, I…

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Disruptive Behaviors – Ever Try Lavender Baths?

Ever Try Lavender Baths for Disruptive Behaviors?-centre-motessori-alzheimer

Disruptive Behaviors – Ever Try Lavender Baths? When it takes three experienced staff members to convince, cajole, and physically coax a resident to take a bath, you know something is not right. Disruptive behaviors can be managed in a better way. After several traumatic bathing sessions with Mrs. Delaney*, the staff and management realized they needed…

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Current Approach vs. Montessori Approach

At the Montessori Alzheimer Center, we are committed to giving you proven, functional strategies and tactics to resolve – among other things – the communication difficulties and confusing behaviors often experienced by caregivers, practitioners and those with Alzheimer’s disease.   All of our programs are geared to implementing person-centered approaches to care. Take a look at…

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Relearn everyday gestures

Relearn Everyday Gestures

Relearn everyday gestures thanks to the Montessori Method Are you living with Alzheimer’s and having difficulty adjusting emotionally? Do you have a hard time understanding and accepting your condition and facing new challenges? Do you want to continue living with a quality of life as long as possible at home, while pursuing your activities and…

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Helping caregivers in their daily lives

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…

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Putting a smile on your face

Putting a smile on your face while living with cognitive impairment.  Do you perceive the disease as a loss of identity and individuality of the whole person? In his book “The Myth of Alzheimer’s Disease”, author Peter Whitehouse proposes a redefinition and reconstruction of our language about the disease. According to him, our perceptions of…

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