April 15, 2015

book review by health care professional - “RELATE MOTIVATE APPRECIATE A Montessori resource Promoting positive interaction with people with dementia”

Review by Lauretta Kaldor
Lauretta is a graduate of Charles Sturt University in Leisure and Health. She is a Level 1 Diversional Therapist recognized by Diversional Therapy Australia. She has worked with clients who have early dementia through Alzheimer’s Australia NSW and has presented many workshops on practical activities for DTA, Redleaf College in NSW and in various states as well as community organizations in Sydney. She has presented her Besides Bingo workshops for staff and volunteers who work in adult day respite centres and works with recreation staff and residents in the inner west of Sydney through Medicare local.

“RELATE MOTIVATE APPRECIATE A Montessori resource Promoting positive interaction with people with dementia”

Author Dr Eva van der Ploeg ISBN978-1-921570-43-8
Published through Monash university and Alzheimers Australia

This manual provides practical activities that anyone caring for people who have dementia can use whether they are family carers, care staff, nursing staff or recreation staff. Many of you will already be doing similar activities especially if you have been following the teachings of the Montessori methods researched and written by Dr. Cameron Camp. In today’s world, caring for people with dementia, the importance of providing and promoting positive interactions is not to be understated and not solely the role of activity staff. However activity staff can help educate and encourage anyone who interacts with dementia clients to use the suggestions in this book. Having read this manual I would encourage readers to follow up with the books written by Dr Cameron Camp who has visited Australia several times and has been warmly received with his unique and well researched approach to dementia care.

Also this book was written and researched in Australia which is very encouraging. Many resources in the past that we have been using have been written in the USA or UK. The use of client stories used in this book is excellent and many staff and carers will be familiar with the episodes written here.

The manual outlines the basic set of Montessori principles and then presents 28 activities based on the senses of sight hearing touch smell and taste. The book is set out like a cook book with recipes for success that are easily followed by any person using this manual as it is meant for the lay person using easy language. Good illustrations add to the quality of the book.

The 28 activities are very familiar ones but can be a basis for creating and developing new activities. I am particularly impressed how the use of reading as an activity is suggested by doing a simple reading test and adapting an activity to suit the client’s capability.

 I recommend this book to all staff and students working in dementia care. It can be purchased through Alzheimer’s Australia or borrowed from your local state Alzheimer’s library.
Books on the  Montessori methods researched and written by Dr. Cameron Camp include -
A different visit : activities for caregivers and their loved ones with memory impairments
  Different Visit gives you ideas that will allow you to recapture the enjoyment of visiting with your loved one. Inside are activities designed to stimulate conversation and interaction and provide support to make each visit more enjoyable than the last.  . This manual is written specifically to you - all those who love family members dearly, but need some inspiration for how to better engage and interact with them. The manual is entertaining as well as informative. 
Montessori-based activities for persons with dementia : volume 1 and volume 2

Improve your care by improving the functioning of your clients or residents with Alzheimer's disease. Discover how the principles of Montessori education can help people with dementia maintain or improve skills needed in their daily lives. With these 41 step-by-step activities you can enhance the skills used to perform basic tasks.
A therapy technique for improving memory: Spaced retrieval
A memory intervention called Spaced Retrieval has been found to improve retention of information in clients with memory impairment. This workbook takes speech-language pathologists and occupational, physical, music and art therapists, step-by-step through this useful technique. The book includes a review of the research, case studies, detailed instructions, helpful resources, and reproducible work sheets for use during therapy sessions. All are designed to help clients reach their therapy goals.
*these and other resources mentioned in the book review are  available for loan to members of AANSW - if you would like to reserve them please email the Library on nsw.library@alzheimers.org.au

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