Dementia Support is the First Private Montessori Seniors Day Centre in Toronto

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Tailoring programming to suit individual needs - from those coping with early onset dementia to those with highly progressed case, Dementia Support is a brand new day program for those who have been struggling to find an adequate seniors day centre in Toronto

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“Our day program is structured to make the most of every individual’s strengths, and offer customized support to each individual dementia participant, as well as relief to their caregivers," says Dementia Support President Judy Cohen.

Judy Cohen, president, announced the opening of the Dementia Support Dov & Zipora Burstein Senior Centre. Dementia Support is a seniors day program that is the first specialized treatment program in Toronto to offer full-day support for individuals living with dementia and is accepting enrollment of new participants. By increasing quality of life and slowing the progression of dementias such as Alzheimer's disease you can bring care and happiness back to the lives of you and your loved one.

Dementia, an umbrella term for a range of cognitive diseases that impact one’s mental acuity, is most closely associated with memory loss, although sufferers may experience a range of other symptoms. Though there is no known cure, those afflicted with dementia can slow the progression of the disease with proper care and activities. Currently, over 500,000 people in Canada are affected by dementia. That number is expected to grow as Canada’s population shifts to include a greater number of seniors than ever before.

In cases where symptoms of dementia are greatly progressed, government-subsidized treatment facilities often turn away prospective participants due to the level of intensive care required to treat them. Dementia Support is fully privatized and has no such restrictions or limitations. The program is specialized to handle the needs of all participants with dementia, from high-functioning cases to those requiring more intensive support.

The program uses techniques to maintain or enhance the cognitive abilities, self-esteem and independence of all participants. At the heart of the program lies the Montessori Method for Dementia™, named after renowned physician Dr. Maria Montessori.

Though originally developed for children, Dr. Montessori’s methods have proven successful with dementia sufferers. The Montessori Methods for Dementia™ takes into consideration individuals’ needs, interests and abilities and introduces custom programming, incorporating activities related to daily living and socializing that encourages participants to embrace their skills.

Customizing the program for every individual allows Dementia Support to break down activities and address the abilities of every person in the program. “Everyone is capable of something,” says Dementia Support President, Judy Cohen. “Our day program is structured to make the most of every individual’s strengths, and offer customized support to each individual dementia participant, as well as relief to their caregivers.”

It is estimated that approximately 55% of people living with dementia live at home. This can put a strain on family members who want to help their loved ones remain independent, but have to contend with their own responsibilities. Dementia Support offers caregivers a reprieve from caring for someone with dementia by providing a safe and enjoyable place for them to go during the day.

Dementia Support Dov & Zipora Burstein Senior Centre is Toronto’s specialist in dementia care and is located at 1140 Sheppard Ave. West. The senior day care program is the newest in a long line of initiatives aimed at improving the quality of life for those living with dementia in Canada.

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