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Can the Montessori Method Treat Alzheimer’s?

By Marius Butas, 9:00 am on

The Montessori method of teaching was created in the early 20th century as a way to balance a child’s abilities and needs with opportunities for learning and achievement. The approach focuses on providing a series of activities or lessons that engage all of the senses. This is why the Montessori approach is now gaining popularity among Alzheimer’s caregivers in Mesa, AZ.

How the Montessori Method Applies to Alzheimer’s

The key to effective Alzheimer’s and dementia home care in Mesa is to provide seniors with multiple opportunities to reconnect with skills and memories that they have lost access to. The Montessori method effectively does this by creating sensory experiences through art, music, and/or physical activities. These cognitively stimulating activities help seniors with dementia recall positive emotions and events and can even assist in encoding new information in long-term memory. For example, encouraging your loved one to arrange fresh flowers in a vase can help him or her re-experience the joy of a pleasant spring day or trigger a long-term memory of a time that he or she received a bouquet of flowers from someone special.

Putting the Montessori Method into Practice

By encouraging your loved one to participate in familiar activities that they used to enjoy, you will provide them with vital mental stimulation and a sense of accomplishment. The following are examples of simple ways family caregivers can incorporate the Montessori method into their loved one’s daily life:

  • Allow your loved one to fold a basket of laundry.
  • If your loved one enjoyed cooking, allow him or her to help you with dinner preparation.
  • If your loved one was a handyman, provide him or her with a box of plastic plumbing fixtures that he or she can connect together or a set of plastic tools that your loved one can use to “fix” things around the house.

Encouraging cognitive stimulation is important for seniors with Alzheimer’s and dementia, which is why Mesa Home Care Assistance supplements our memory care with our proprietary Cognitive Therapeutics Method (CTM). This revolutionary method relies on a series of mentally stimulating games and activities that are scientifically proven to boost memory and social skills, encourage spatial reasoning, delay the onset of dementia, and promote a sense of accomplishment. Learn more about CTM and our memory services by calling (480) 699-4899 today to set up a free in-home consultation.