Approaches for Dementia

In November 2018, St. Louis Center announced that it was the recipient of a grant from the Michigan Health Endowment Fund in the amount of $213,950 to support a program called “Montessori Inspired Lifestyle ® for Older Adults with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities and Dementia.” This funding will be used to train St. Louis Center staff in procedures that will help them empower the people in their care, and to give them the feeling that they are part of a larger family and that they belong to a community.

IMG_0269The special training for SLC staff will be provided by noted psychologist Dr. Cameron Camp, Ph.D., and Fr. Enzo Addari, CEO of SLC, would like to make Dr. Camp’s expertise concerning the “Montessori Inspired Lifestyle ® Program” available to the general public. Therefore, a Special Needs Seminar has been scheduled for February 20, 2019 at 7:00 p.m. at St. Louis Center. Dr. Camp is a noted psychologist specializing in applied research in gerontology, and currently serves as Director of Research and Development for the Center for Applied Research in Dementia in Cleveland, Ohio.

In his presentation Dr. Camp will examine how the Montessori Method, originally developed to educate children, evolved into an effective method for working with persons with dementia. Initially focusing on activities for persons with dementia, the process of translating the Montessori Method to a geriatric population with memory impairment (Montessori-Based Dementia Programming®) will be detailed. Persons with dementia, like all persons, wish to be treated with respect, dignity, and equality. They want purpose and meaning in their lives, to be in control of their lives, to feel safe, and to be able to contribute to their communities and to society in general. This focus now is being expanded to persons without dementia, including family members and staff members, and persons with developmental disabilities, because the Montessori Inspired Lifestyle® is, basically, a way of living a good life as a human being.

cameron-camp-500px-grey_comprDr. Camp originally developed the use of the Montessori Method as an intervention for use with persons with dementia. He is a noted psychologist specializing in applied research in gerontology, and currently serves as Director of Research and Development for the Center for Applied Research in Dementia.

Dr. Camp gives workshops on designing cognitive and behavioral interventions for dementia internationally. These interventions are all designed to reduce challenging behaviors and increase the level of functioning and quality of life of persons with dementia. His research has been funded by grants from the National Institutes of Health, and the national Alzheimer’s Association.

For more information or to RSVP contact PR Director Joe Yekulis at joey@stlouiscenter.org or 734-475-8430.

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