Now Available! Montessori for Elder and Dementia Care (Second Edition)
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Now Available! Montessori for Elder and Dementia Care (Second Edition)

by Jennifer Brush & Margaret Jarrell We are proud to announce the publication of the second edition of our book, Montessori for Elder and Dementia Care through Health Professions Press! The first edition focused on clearly explaining the concepts behind this highly person-centered approach, how to create a prepared environment, and how to increase levels…

Introducing “From Surviving to Thriving: A 10-Day Toolkit for Care Partners”
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Introducing “From Surviving to Thriving: A 10-Day Toolkit for Care Partners”

by Mariam Boulos Hello Everyone! My name is Mariam Boulos. I am completing my doctorate in Occupational Therapy at Cleveland State University. Over the past few months, I had the pleasure of completing my capstone project at Brush Development Company in Northeast Ohio.   To give a bit of background, when I was looking for an…

Presenting “From Can’t to Can Do!” at MINT
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Presenting “From Can’t to Can Do!” at MINT

by Margaret Jarrell I recently spent two days in Dallas at the Montessori Institute of North Texas presenting our two-day introductory workshop to Montessori for Aging and Dementia. The workshop was attended by Montessori educators and trainers, loved ones of people living with dementia, as well as healthcare and longterm care professionals. The introductory workshop…

Sharing Story & Song with People Living with Dementia
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Sharing Story & Song with People Living with Dementia

by Rita Akins, Montessori Images, Company founder A Whole Brain WorkoutJust as reading is one of the last functions lost in dementia, musical memory is accessible even in the late stages of memory disorders when only some brain tissue is still capable of functioning normally. Because musical perception is processed throughout the entire brain, music…

Enhancing Engagement Through Volunteers
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Enhancing Engagement Through Volunteers

In a time when we are all experiencing frustrations about being short staffed, we should consider engaging healthy, older adults living in our communities who have the time and interest to help others.  Many retired individuals are more than willing to spend a few hours a week with frail or cognitively impaired elders to enhance…

Ways to Engage Someone with Dementia in the Outdoors
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Ways to Engage Someone with Dementia in the Outdoors

Current research shows that outdoor activity promotes brain plasticity by stimulating new connections between cells in the parts of our brain responsible for speech, processing, interpreting sensory stimulation, coordination, problem solving, emotional reasoning and complex thought.  When we are outside, we are exposed to 33–66 times the amount of natural light that we receive indoors. Being…

Meaningful Engagement – A Critical Component of Elders’ Care Plans
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Meaningful Engagement – A Critical Component of Elders’ Care Plans

You know this elder well. Whether because she is a family member, friend, or resident in your care community, you have taken the time to get to know important details about her past, her interests, her strengths, her challenges, and her preferences. Now what?  Now, it’s time to create a meaningful engagement plan. The Montessori…

Enhancing Engagement through Volunteers
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Enhancing Engagement through Volunteers

In a time when we are all experiencing frustrations about being short staffed, we should consider engaging healthy, older adults living in our communities who have the time and interest to help others.  Many retired individuals are more than willing to spend a few hours a week with frail or cognitively impaired elders to enhance…

Helping People Find Their Way Through Your Community
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Helping People Find Their Way Through Your Community

Individuals living in senior living residences often face challenges in wayfinding for a variety of reasons that include reduced short-term memory, difficulty with visual acuity, and limitations in the built environment that inhibit route-finding.  Due to these considerations, individuals may demonstrate reduced involvement in a community and/or increased need for assistance; therefore, reducing their independence. …

Meet Our New Partner, Penny McPeak!
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Meet Our New Partner, Penny McPeak!

With a passion for photography, Penny McPeak started Penny & Lucy Lou Art in May of 2013, a truly unique art line that stands out by offering custom products for any type of interior or exterior art installation. All art is a turn-key finished product, created digitally, printed on various substrates, and manufactured in the Carolinas.  The art used in…

Shedding Light on Hallucinations
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Shedding Light on Hallucinations

Visuoperceptual Ability: “Visuoperceptual ability is a component of visual perception that enables recognition of objects based on their form, pattern, and color.”  (Irani, F. (2011). Visuoperceptual. In: Kreutzer, J.S., DeLuca, J., Caplan, B. (eds) Encyclopedia of Clinical Neuropsychology. Springer, New York, NY.) There are a number of visuoperceptual difficulties related to dementia such as: Common experiences…