Supportive environment

Tips for Creating a Supportive Environment for Older Adults

The "prepared environment" is designed to facilitate independence and exploration. When designing a Montessori environment for older adults, it can be hard to know where to start. Keep these... Read more

Tips for Creating Memory Books to Enable Conversation

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:... Read more

Tips for Creating Signs for your Montessori Program

Cognitive mapping is our ability to visualise where we are in a certain space.  It allows us to park, go into a store and find our car again, or find the bathroom at night... Read more

Collaboration Through Montessori

What do you get when a Montessori teacher, an illustrator and a dementia expert create together?  A book designed especially for elders with dementia.  

I like to use as many... Read more

Workshop at Montessori Center of Minnesota

Last week I taught at the internationally recognized Montessori Center of Minnesota (MCM).  The center has offered high-quality, hands-on training in Dr. Montessori's proven method of... Read more

Montessori Practical Life Activities for Individuals Living With Dementia

Dr. Montessori developed practical life activities to help children develop coordination, order, independence and concentration. By developing those qualities, the child is able to get the most... Read more

How to Support Memory Loss?

When people cannot retain information internally due to cognitive deficits it becomes important that the information is stored in an external location where the person is able to see it and use it... Read more

When it Comes to Mealtimes, There's No Place Like Home

In this second post about creating meaningful and dignified meal times, we look at how small changes to the environment can make our care homes really feel like home.

Creating... Read more

"Grab and Go" or "Dine with Dignity?"

The beloved Dorothy in the Wizard of Oz perhaps sums things up best: “There’s no place like home”. For those living in long-term care this statement is often expressed with... Read more

Banning the Boredom

Boredom is one of greatest issues we face in dementia care. In fact, boredom contributes to many of the “challenging” or “difficult” behaviours associated with dementia (often referred to as... Read more