Nov 14, 2015

Individual Activity and Care Helps Dementia Patients

I just finished reading an interesting article that I wanted to bring to your attention - Montessori Method for children may also help dementia patients.

The main focus of this on going study is that it appears that doing individual activities with persons living with dementia seems to spark memory.

By Bob DeMarco
Alzheimer's Reading Room

This is good news for caregivers that are carrying for their loved ones at home.

The focus is on doing things that patients liked to do before the onset of Alzheimer's or a related dementia.

Excerpts from the Article.
"One patient — a former seamstress, has lost some cognitive and motor skills because of the disease, but showed an enthusiastic reaction to her volunteer rolling the yarn up into balls. At first, Hunter was worried the activity might be too simple, but the woman loved the project. It also caused her to express interest in other activities."
"Other activities include using dice to hone math skills and bringing in maps so patients can talk about where they were born or where they've traveled to."

Study author Paulette Hunter said,
"I think it was sparking memories, it was something she liked to do in the past to work with fabric and so on and so forth but it was also something she felt confident doing now. So, an element of what she'd done in the past but at the right level for right now."
I really believe in this approach and I know doing things directly by myself, or with others really helped sparked my mothers memory. I hope you are trying this at home.

You can read the full article here.

If you have the time here are a few custom searches that I prepared for you. These should help in your day to day caregiving effort; and, might help you solve some of the problems you are facing each day.

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