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A tragic incident

Dear families and friends,

 

This week, once again, there was news of a tragic incident in which a nursing home resident was found dead after an alleged attack by his elderly roommate.

 

Having specialized in the field of elder care for over 10 years, I would like to emphasize the importance of the application of Montessori principles to the everyday life of dementia patients.

 

The benefits of the Montessori methods include the following:

  • Reduced anxiety
  • Reduced repetitive questioning
  • Reduced constant request for attention
  • Increased self esteem
  • Reduced depression
  • Increased sense of accomplishment & contribution
  • Alleviation of boredom
  • Increased motor skills
  • Stimulation of all senses
  • Increase in socialization
  • Increase in family interaction

Residents in long-term care facilities often seek attention due to boredom and confusion. When these needs are not met in a healthy manner, they grow increasingly frustrated and negative behaviours emerge.

 

Keeping dementia-sufferers busy and engaged, with meaningful activities, reduces their anxiety and frustration so tragic incidents can be avoided. What’s more, these activities can be successfully adapted for use in used in hospital, institutional or home settings.

 

For more information about the Montessori methods we utilize at our facilities on a regular basis, please check:

 

http://lchaimretirement.ca/montessoi-methods/

 

http://www.dementiasupport.ca/web/montessori-methods/

 

Let’s provide the best care for our elders, until a dementia cure can be found.

 

Judy Cohen

 

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