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Donna's Blog - Dementia Thoughts and Ideas

Thoughts, concepts and ideas about dementia care...


  • Dementia Activity "Blitz”

    Here’s something that you can try that has proven very successful for me. I call it an Activity "Blitz”.

    Start by selecting four to six related activities. By "related", I mean that each activity has something in common – maybe have a “Puzzle Blitz” with different types of puzzles, a “Game Blitz” with different games, or a “Traditional Montessori Blitz” with different traditional Montessori activities. It makes it easier to switch...

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  • Making Daily Interactions More Meaningful

    While there are ten Montessori Principles that are the cornerstone of the Montessori Methods for Dementia that we teach, the first three can be applied by everyone to almost every interaction with people with dementia, every day. It takes no extra time, just a little thought. By thinking about and using these principles every time we interact, we can add meaning and satisfaction to the person’s day and improve their quality of life.

    So what are these principles?

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  • Knowing the Person

    This past Remembrance Day, the importance of knowing the person was made dramatically clear to me. I visited a long term care home to help out. I gathered a small group of residents and spent about 45 minutes doing Remembrance Day activities such as reading “In Flanders Field”, colouring poppies, reminiscing about going to the cenotaph and Remembrance Days past...

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  • Using Multi-Sensory Environments for Dementia Care

    Therapeutic multi-sensory environments (such as Snoezelen rooms) are soothing and stimulating environments specially designed to deliver stimuli to various senses, using lighting effects, color, sounds, music, scents, etc. The combination of different materials on a wall may be explored using tactile senses, and the floor may...

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  • Musings...

    I was at a facility recently and the staff told me that they were having trouble finding activities for one of the residents. The resident said that every activity that they offered was too childish, even though they were selected to be age appropriate. After sitting with the person and trying different things with him,...

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  • Making Visits More Meaningful

    It can be difficult visiting someone with dementia - it can be hard to engage them in conversation, you may feel uncomfortable with some of the things they say, you just don't know what to do. What if it wasn't that way? What if you're visit was more meaningful for both you...

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  • Having a Fund-Raising Event?

    We can help.

    If you are having a fall fair, garden party, Christmas craft sale or some other event, we're happy to come and set up a small table displaying some of our Montessori activities. We can show the visitors the types of activities that your residents are doing, and how fun...

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  • In my wanderings…

    I noticed a couple of things of interest in my visits to facilities over the past week or two.

    In a visit to Andrews of Summerside in PEI, I arrived a bit early for my session. The environmental staff person who was busy cleaning the floor noticed that a resident was looking for something to do. She picked up a ball and...

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  • New Activities at Our Store

    This month we have introduced two new activities in our store. Our new "Match the Shapes" activity is similar to Match the Dots, but instead of using dominoes which are number oriented, this activity uses Qwirkle tiles with colours and shapes making it a more visual activity. The pieces come...

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  • Name Tags Revisited

    You know from my previous posts that I'm a big fan of name tags, having seen how effective they can be. While doing some research on the internet I stumbled across a newsletter recently posted by a long term care facility that provides some objective evidence...

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