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Simplicity is Often Best: Engaging Elders with Dementia

By |2020-03-30T15:59:58+00:00March 30th, 2020|dementia, Montessori|

It’s easy to get stuck in a rut when it comes to the materials we use for engaging elders. Most of us eagerly welcome new ideas for roles and activities. I’ve been known to come up with some pretty elaborate concepts to try and shake things up, but I have learned that keeping it simple usually works best. One of my favorite materials are Three-Part Cards (also known as Nomenclature Cards). These cards can be used to help elders maintain and improve language skills such as reading and naming. In addition, the materials can address sequencing, attention to task, fine and gross motor skills, turn taking, conversation and reminiscence.

Are you a dementia friend?

By |2019-07-31T13:00:40+00:00July 31st, 2019|dementia, dementia. alzheimers, Uncategorized|

Everyone knows someone who is living with dementia. Who do you know? Would you like to know how you can better support your friend, neighbor, loved one, or co-worker? Would you like to join a global effort in reducing the stigma of dementia? Are you, your organization, group or business interested in making a real difference in your [...]

How to Support Employees Who are Caring for Their Aging Parents

By |2019-04-24T13:06:42+00:00April 24th, 2019|aging, alzheimers, caring, dementia, dementia. alzheimers|

You may not realize it, but many of your employees are in the Sandwich Generation.  The term Sandwich Generation is often used to describe individuals who are raising children and caring for their parents at the same time.  Most are also managing a career and juggling a variety of other commitments.  Sound familiar?  You might [...]

Tips for Creating Memory Books to Enable Conversation

By |2020-03-30T15:19:11+00:00March 29th, 2019|alzheimers, care partner, communication, dementia, dementia. alzheimers|

For people living with dementia, reading is a preserved skill. Therefore visual aids that include written information can be used as memory supports. Memory books can improve quality of life by: Helping people remember important informationMaking conversation easierReducing responsive (challenging) behaviors, such as exit seeking and repetitive questioningProviding reassurance and comfort A memory book is [...]