DementiAbility Methods™

2 days
2 days

DementiAbility Methods: The Montessori Way™ focuses on supporting the person (with dementia) in a prepared environment. The goal is to help people with dementia to be the best they can be, by avoiding excess disability. This workshop will teach you about innovative approaches that are aimed at building on the existing skills, interests, and abilities of individuals living with dementia, with the purpose of meeting present needs by establishing goals that are aimed at enhancing function and independence in a world that establishing goals that are aimed at enhancing function and independence in a world that provides opportunities to be engaged in life and living with meaning and purpose. The goal is to expose the abilities of those living with dementia so they can engage in life at their highest potential. (Please note: Refreshments, lunch, and resources are included in the registration fee.)

  • Provide an overview of the research behind these interventions.
  • Differentiate between dementia, depression, and delirium and to discuss the importance of assessing and addressing anything that is diagnosed as treatable, including pain.
  • Examine how disuse can create "excess disability".
  • Describe and discuss the term "prepared environment" and examine the role families, staff, and organizations play in creating environments that support and address the needs of those living with dementia.
  • Clearly define the terms declarative and procedural memory and discuss how these terms must be connected to the interventions that are put in to place for those living with dementia.
  • Introduce, and use, the WOW model.
  • Explore the meaning of the terms needs, interests, skills, abilities and roles, and apply these concepts to the WOW model.
  • List and describe the DementiAbility Methods: The Montessori Way Principles, and understand how they must be incorporated into all aspects of living for those with dementia.
  • Provide examples of how the DementiAbility Methods have been used to create environments that support the needs, interests, and abilities of persons with dementia, and other forms of cognitive loss.
  • Explore and discuss the potential barriers that can interfere with the implementation of these innovative approaches to dementia care.
  • Discuss the core components of culture change and how they link to knowledge translation.
  • Demonstrate understanding of the DementiAbility Methods: The Montessori Way through case examples and role plays