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Montessori-Based Activities for Elderly Persons With Dementia

This study has been completed.
National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH)
Information provided by (Responsible Party):
Menorah Park Identifier:
First received: March 10, 2004
Last updated: November 21, 2013
Last verified: November 2013
This study will determine whether montessori-based activities can help older adults with dementia become more responsive to others.

Condition Intervention Phase
Dementia Behavioral: Montessori-based dementia programming Phase 2 Phase 3

Study Type: Interventional
Study Design: Allocation: Non-Randomized
Intervention Model: Single Group Assignment
Masking: None (Open Label)
Official Title: Programming for Dementia: Maximizing Abilities

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Further study details as provided by Menorah Park:

Estimated Enrollment: 300
Study Start Date: December 2002
Study Completion Date: July 2005
Primary Completion Date: April 2005 (Final data collection date for primary outcome measure)
Detailed Description:

Studies have shown that Montessori-based activities, which focus on developing an individual's unique abilities, are effective in increasing engagement between nursing home residents with dementia and their caregivers. This study will determine whether the positive effects of Montessori-based programming can be replicated in adult day care, assisted living, and nursing homes. Results from this study will be used to create training materials to help staff in different settings implement the intervention within existing schedules, staffing, and programming routines.

This study will be conducted in two phases. During Phase I, participants with mild dementia will be trained to become small group leaders for Montessori-based activities. In Phase II, newly-trained participants will use their skills to assist others. Assessments will be made throughout the study. Participants' engagement with the environment and caregiver burden and satisfaction will be assessed.


Ages Eligible for Study:   60 Years and older   (Adult, Senior)
Sexes Eligible for Study:   All
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:   No

Inclusion Criteria:

  • Diagnosis of dementia
  • Living in or attending programs at participating sites

Exclusion Criteria:

  • Medical conditions that would interfere with study participation
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Please refer to this study by its identifier: NCT00079651

United States, Ohio
Mandel Adult Day Program
Beachwood, Ohio, United States, 44122
Stone Gardens
Beachwood, Ohio, United States, 44122
Eliza Bryant Village
Cleveland, Ohio, United States, 44103
Jennings Center for Older Adults
Cleveland, Ohio, United States, 44125
The Greens Adult Living Communities
Lyndhurst, Ohio, United States, 44124
Sponsors and Collaborators
Menorah Park
National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH)
Principal Investigator: Cameron J. Camp, PhD Myers Research Institute
  More Information

Additional Information:
Responsible Party: Menorah Park Identifier: NCT00079651     History of Changes
Other Study ID Numbers: R21MH063395 ( U.S. NIH Grant/Contract )
Study First Received: March 10, 2004
Last Updated: November 21, 2013

Keywords provided by Menorah Park:
Nursing Homes
Assisted Living Facilities

Additional relevant MeSH terms:
Brain Diseases
Central Nervous System Diseases
Nervous System Diseases
Neurocognitive Disorders
Mental Disorders processed this record on September 21, 2017