The Montessori Inspired Lifestyle® Approach to caring for those with dementia is a concept that is gaining interest in the senior care industry. This innovative approach is relatively new but it has proven to be effective in reducing anxiety and the use of chemical restraints for people with dementia by engaging them in both purposeful and meaningful activities.
Developed by Maria Montessori in the early 20th century, this approach holds that young children learn best when they direct their own learning, with teachers providing tools that engage all their senses. She determined that by focusing on the individual’s strengths and providing a hands on sensory stimulating environment, children were able to absorb the knowledge and thrive.
Created by Dr. Cameron Camp, Director of Research and Development at the Center for Applied Research in Dementia. He recognized that the use of the Montessori Principles could be highly effective in enhancing the quality of life for those with memory loss. He has retooled these concepts, utilizing the same techniques of focusing the individual’s strengths and hands on interaction with their environment.