About the Montessori Philosophy
Montessori for Dementia Care aims to reach out to persons with dementia using the Montessori guiding principles of:
Focusing on strengths
Providing activities with choice and purpose
Creating templates for activities
Building confidence by completing simple tasks before complex tasks
Breaking down tasks into steps
About Montessori-based Dementia Programming®
Montessori-Based Dementia Programming (MBDP) is a method of working with older adults living with cognitive and/or physical impairments based on the ideas of the educator Maria Montessori. It has been shown to increase levels of engagement and participation in activities of persons with dementia and has been shown to generally improve many aspects of the quality of life of those who have it.
Montessori-Based Dementia Programming uses rehabilitation principles including guided repetition, task breakdown, and progressing from simple to complex. Additionally, principles of dementia interventions such as external cue usage and reliance on implicit memory are used. Examples of activities include reading groups and memory games.
It was founded and developed by Dr. Cameron Camp at the Myers Research Institute and is the recipient of various awards and recognitions.