“Let’s give back dignity and independence” says dementia expert

The UK could transform the quality of life of those with dementia with an approach that helps individuals to care for themselves and their community, says dementia and ageing expert Anne Kelly.

Montessori is more usually associated with children and education – in particular the future King of England Prince George, who attended a Montessori nursery. But the Montessori approach can also be highly effective for ageing and dementia.

By creating an environment filled with cues and memory supports, those with dementia gain greater independence and can make a meaningful contribution to their community. Having roles, routines and activities in which they can succeed increases self-confidence, reduces anxiety and improves well-being.

This person-centred philosophy of care is gaining momentum in Australia and the US and has a positive impact on both families and residential care settings. Homes become happier places, there is less need for expensive one-on-one care and staff are less likely to take sick leave or spend time dealing with family complaints. It has even been shown to reduce the use of drugs – in one residential setting the use of antipsychotic drugs was eliminated and the use of sedatives was reduced from 67% to just 2%.

Nurse and dementia expert Ms. Kelly will reveal how professionals and families can use this innovative approach to transform lives at a 2-day workshop in London on 30th September and 1st October 2019.

Anne Kelly says:

“Dementia can make people feel worthless and miserable and the routines of the care home can so easily rob them of their independence and dignity. The Montessori approach can dramatically improve their well-being and enable them to do things for themselves again rather than having things done for or to them. It empowers not only patients but carers and families too.”

The Maria Montessori Institute workshop is suitable for family members, carers, nurses, support workers, physiotherapists, occupational therapists, speech therapists, volunteers and anyone interested in ageing and dementia care.

Louise Livingston, Director of Training at the Maria Montessori Institute says:

“All over the world, Montessori supports children and adolescents to become confident, independent and well-balanced individuals and the approach is just as valid for the elderly. The impact this work is having on care settings abroad is astounding and we hope this workshop will support a similar shift in the UK’s care for those living with dementia.”

Attendees who have attended similar workshops led by Anne Kelly say:

“Passionate presenter but able to demonstrate underlying research and science.”

“It changed my way of seeing dementia.”

“An incredible positive journey through optimism and possibilities. The group was respectful, challenging.”

The 2-day workshop will be held in London on Monday 30th September and Tuesday 1st October. It costs £290. Find out more and book.