Workshop on Montessori approach to dementia in aged care.

The Alzheimer's and Related Disorders Society of India (ARDSI) Hyderabad Deccan and The Montessori Training and Research Trust (MTRT) has organized a One day workshop on "Montessori approach to Dementia in age care" by Ms Maxine Swenson, an AMI Primary trained directness on Saturday, the 21st December, 2012 from 1 pm to 4.00 pm at the Montessori Training and Research Centre. It was attended by students, professional care giver for persons with dementia, elderly people and family members of dementia persons making the crowd the total of 35.

The conveyor of the program was Dr. Usha Naik who gave introduction Dr. Chandrasekha and Ms. Maxine Swensson.

Dr Chandrasekhar, Consultant Psychiatrist at Asha hospitals, Vice-President ARDSI Hyderabad Deccan, Inaugurated the workshop with opening talk with "What is Dementia" with power point presentation. He explained what causes of dementia, risk factors and Dementia is a progressive disease that cannot be cured. He gave a detailed introduction of dementia and aspects related to it. Dr Chandrasekhar then spoke about ARDSI and the services provided by ARDSI Hyderabad Deccan. He explained how the day care is beneficial for the persons with dementia emphasizing on brain stimulation activities, social interaction, caregivers support and better attempt to help the persons with dementia and their families' better quality of life.

After the introductory talk about dementia Ms. Maxine Swensson took over with the workshop. She presented the power point presentation on Montessori Approach to Dementia, which cover a wide range of topics related to dementia such as Facts and figures of dementia, Brain and Parts with their functions, Signs of dementia, Holistic approach with Person centered care. There were discussions on the questions that the audience had which were answered by Ms Maxine as well as Dr Usha Naik. Further she emphasized on Personal centre plan and reminiscence therapy. She showed slides of activities that can be very helpful for dementia persons which try to fulfil their needs, spiritual self, cultural/social aspects, sensory, practical life, math and so on.

The Workshop was concluded by a quality discussion and word of thanks to Ms Maxine for sharing the useful and valuable information and clearing doubts of many from the audience.