Tips for Using the Montessori Approach for Positive Dementia Care

Posted on June 21, 2017 by Tom and Karen Brenner:

https://www.alzinfo.org/treatment-care/blogs/2017/06/tips-for-using-the-montessori-approach-for-positive-dementia-care/

“The Montessori Method is based on the use of the five senses and on the procedural memory system. The procedural memory system is responsible for learning associative relations, simple conditioning, and motor and cognitive skills. Procedural memory is sometimes referred to as implicit, non-declarative, unconscious or muscle memory. People who are living with dementia and Alzheimer’s tend to be able to continue to use those skills learned through procedural memory. Caregivers, whether medical staff, front line workers or family members, can use Montessori tools to help the people they care for maintain spared skills. For example, a caregiver can demonstrate how to use the Montessori zipping frame to help a person with Alzheimer’s maintain their ability to dress themselves. This frame isolates the task of zipping and gives the user the opportunity for repetition. It is through repetition that people are able to tap into procedural memory to maintain, improve or relearn a skill. [..]”

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Tips for Using the Montessori Approach for Positive Dementia Care
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