dementia

Employing Improv for Dementia

Employing Improv for Dementia

One source of inspiration to us in our work at Mon Ami has been an episode from the podcast This American Life called Rainy Days and Mondys.

It’s a fun and beautiful story of a woman named Karen and her husband Mondy. They’re trained actors and learn to employ the art of improv (improvisational acting) in communicating with Karen’s mom, who has dementia.

Through improv, they find ways to inhabit a new reality together and create moments of delight wherever they can.

Top 3 Benefits an Activity Companion Brings

Top 3 Benefits an Activity Companion Brings

For families and caregivers, the decision to bring an Activity Companion to meet with their loved ones for the first time can be a difficult decision.

Here at Mon Ami, we strongly believe Activity Companions can bring positive enrichment to your loved ones’ lives. Our Mon Ami Families that have booked our Activity Companions have shared with us numerous positive experiences.

We highlight what we believe are the top 3 benefits an Activity Companion can bring…

5 Tips for Seniors Starting a Memoir

5 Tips for Seniors Starting a Memoir

Oral history projects leave a crucial legacy for family, friends, and communities. Many of the families we work with at Mon Ami love to spend this time reflecting. But the biggest barrier is often, where do I start? Particularly for people with early- or mid-stage dementia, whether from Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s, or other conditions, the task can seem impossible. But everyone with communication has stories to tell. These tips can make the project much easier.

1.      Find a buddy…