Montessori is synonymous with childhood education. What if I told you that Montessori education produces amazing results at all stages of life, down to the last stage, which is old age? I’m sure you’re wondering how. Let’s dive in.
First of all, what exactly is dementia? It is a term used to describe a group of symptoms that affect memory, thinking and social abilities severely enough to interfere with daily life. It usually occurs in people aged 65 and over (although it can occur in younger people). One of the most repeated advice by doctors to people on the management of dementia is “KEEP YOUR MIND ACTIVE!” But keep the mind active with what exactly? That is where, dear readers, Montessori education comes in.
The goal of Montessori education in the last stage of life is to support older adults and people living with dementia by creating an appropriate prepared environment, filled with cues and memory support, which enables individuals to care for themselves, others and their community. The knowledge of Montessori can help in creating a prepared environment that treats individuals with respect and honours their choices so that they can live as independently as possible.