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Research in Practice: Montessori-Based Dementia Programming®

SKRAJNER, MICHAEL J. MA; MALONE, MEGAN L. MA, CCC-SLP; CAMP, CAMERON J. PHD; MCGOWAN, ADENA MA; GORZELLE, GREGG J. BA

FEATURE TOPIC: KEEPING IN TOUCH: COMMUNICATION AND CARING

Montessori-Based Dementia Programming® (MBDP) is a method of creating and presenting activities/interventions. The Myers Research Institute conducted several studies, each of which involved the use of MBDP in a different setting/situation. Staff members from nursing homes, adult day centers, and assisted living facilities were trained to implement MBDP, as were family members and even persons in the early stages of dementia. In addition, a Montessori-based assessment tool is being developed for use in restorative nursing for persons with moderate to advanced dementia. An overview of each study is provided, as are the findings and implications of each study.

Michael J. Skrajner, MA, is a research associate at Myers Research Institute of Menorah Park Center for Senior Living, Beachwood, Ohio. He oversees federally and privately funded research grants and has been with the institute for 5 years.

Megan L. Malone, MA, CCC-SLP, is a speech-language pathologist/research associate with Myers Research Institute of Menorah Park Center for Senior Living, Beachwood, Ohio, overseeing federally and privately funded research grants focused on implementing interventions for persons with dementia.

Cameron J. Camp, PhD, is director and senior research scientist at the Myers Research Institute of Menorah Park Center for Senior Living, Beachwood, Ohio. His research focuses on designing interventions for persons with dementia.

Adena McGowan, MA, is research associate and project manager at the Myers Research Institute of Menorah Park Center for Senior Living, Beachwood, Ohio. She has been with the institute for 5 years.

Gregg J. Gorzelle, BA, is research associate and project manager at the Myers Research Institute of Menorah Park Center for Senior Living, Beachwood, Ohio. He has managed projects on Montessori-Based Dementia Programming® and using adaptive technology with older adults.

Address correspondence to: Cameron J. Camp, PhD, Myers Research Institute, 27100 Cedar Rd, Beachwood, OH 44122. E-mail: ccamp@myersri.com.

This research projects discussed in this article were funded by the following sources: (1) grants from the HCR Manor Care Foundation; (2) grant #5R21MH063395 from the National Institute of Mental Health; (3) grant #5 R01 AG 021508-02 from the National Institute on Aging; (3) grant #IIRG-01-2828 from the Alzheimer's Association; and (5) grant #2001-397 from the Retirement Research Foundation.

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