Frequently Asked Questions

 

Q: What is Myers Research Institute?

Q: What are your main lines of research?

Q: Isn't Montessori for children? Are you trying to treat persons with dementia as though they are children?

Q: I'm a nursing assistant. How can I use Montessori-Based Dementia Programming® in my job when I don't have time to do activities?

Q: I work at a small facility; how do I get training in Montessori-Based Dementia Programming tm or Spaced Retrieval?

Q: I did some research on the Internet and found that there are other groups that provide training in programs that appear to be similar to yours. Why shouldn’t I shop around?

Q: Will you give me the names of facilities in my area that are implementing Montessori-Based Dementia Programming® or Spaced Retrieval? I’d like to go and observe.

Q: Is MRI affiliated with any Montessori organization?

Q: I have a Trainer’s Credential. What am I credentialed to do?

Q: Is there any reason why I shouldn’t buy one of each Reading Roundtable™ story and make copies myself?

Q: Do you offer a volume discount on Reading Roundtable™?

Q: I don’t have time to make activities. Can I purchase activities that are ready to use?

Q: Isn’t it unusual for a research institute to market products and training programs?

Q: So why don’t you give your products and training away?

Q: Montessori-Based Activities for Persons with Dementia, Volume 1 has been available since 1999. Don’t you think Volume 2 is a bit overdue?

 

Q: What is Myers Research Institute?

Answer: The Institute is one of 12 research institutes in the United States located within a long-term care facility. Myers Research Institute is a division of Menorah Park Center for Senior Living, a full service senior campus in Beachwood, Ohio. The Institute celebrated its 20th anniversary last year and is on the cutting edge of applied gerontological research. See our Mission Statement.

 

Q: What are your main lines of research?

Answer: We are currently running 3 main lines of research: Montessori-Based Dementia Programming®, Spaced-Retrieval, and medication adherence for those with HIV. Other research includes, adaptive technology for those with dementia and physical issues, a knee pain study, a study of the effects of activities in hospice, etc. Our research is mostly applied research, meaning that we work with clients and residents in the geriatric community. We have a strong focus on quality of life improvements for both the older adult community and for those who serve them.

 

Q: Isn't Montessori for children? Are you trying to treat persons with dementia as though they are children?

Answer: Although Montessori teaching methods have been used for years with children, many of the same techniques have proven to be effective for older adults with dementia. Our research in this area focuses on adapting the techniques and methods that have been effective for children to the needs , skills and interests of persons with dementia.

 

Q: I'm a nursing assistant. How can I use Montessori-based Dementia Programming® in my job when I don't have time to do activities?

Answer: Montessori Based Dementia Programming is not just a set of activities, but an entire approach to working with older adults. Many Montessori principles can be used on a daily basis. For example, you might find that persons with dementia will have an easier time dressing themselves if you provide external cues. Or, a person might be more likely to feed themselves if you simply demonstrate how to pick up the fork, place it on the dish, and move it to your mouth.

 

Q: I work at a small facility; how do I get training in Montessori-Based Dementia Programming ® or Spaced Retrieval?

Answer: The most cost-effective way to be trained is to find 15-25 persons in your area interested in receiving the training. Another option is to monitor our Training Page on the website for upcoming opportunities.

 

Q: I did some research on the Internet and found that there are other groups that provide training in programs that appear to be similar to yours. Why shouldn’t I shop around?

Answer: The adage, “you get what you pay for” applies here. While other trainers and programs may seem similar, Myers Research Institute’s training programs are based on years of research and experience. In addition, MRI offers User Certification and Trainer Credentialing, which means that quality and consistency are assured. Finally, because we are a research institute, MRI’s training programs will continue to evolve and remain on the cutting edge of applied gerontology.

 

Q: Will you give me the names of facilities in my area that are implementing Montessori-Based Dementia Programming® or Spaced Retrieval? I’d like to go and observe.

Answer: Our policy is to not release such information to the general public.

 

Q: Is MRI affiliated with any Montessori organization?

Answer: Myers Research Institute is not affiliated with any Montessori organization. MRI is an applied gerontological research institute focused on the development, research and dissemination of non-pharmacologic interventions for older adults with memory impairments. Montessori-Based Dementia Programming® refers to one particular body of work and a training program offered by MRI. It is the product of over 10 years of MRI research published in major scientific and professional journals.

 

Q: I have a Trainer’s Credential. What am I credentialed to do?

Answer: If you are a staff member who received your training at your facility or at a training paid for by an organization or company, then you are credentialed to train other staff in that organization or company to the level of User. If you paid for your training at an open-registration Workshop, then you are credentialed to train staff in your current and/or future place(s) of employment. Keep in mind, only MRI is authorized and credentialed to conduct its train-the-trainer workshops. (Visit the Training Page for further details.)

 

Q: Is there any reason why I shouldn’t buy one of each Reading Roundtable™ story and make copies myself?

Answer: There are three major reasons why this is not a good idea: First, every detail of a Reading Roundtable™ booklet has a purpose, from the coated, colorful covers, to the brightness, weight and opacity of the paper. To truly reproduce a Reading Roundtable™ booklet would be cost-prohibitive. Second, this product is the result of years of development and research involving the hard work of many individuals. Third, the material is copyrighted and unauthorized duplication is prohibited by law.

 

Q: Do you offer a volume discount on Reading Roundtable™?

Answer: Yes we do. Please contact Gregg Gorzelle .

Email: ggorzelle@myersri.com

 

Q: I don’t have time to make activities. Can I purchase activities that are ready to use?

Answer: We currently offer Reading Roundtable™ and will soon be releasing other “ready-made” activities, including our affordable version of Memory Blackout Bingo, which was described in Montessori-Based Activities for Persons with Dementia, Volume 1. Please keep in mind, however, that your participants can help in preparing and setting up materials for activities. We encourage you to involve your participants as much as possible.

 

Q: Isn’t it unusual for a research institute to market products and training programs?

Answer: Yes it is. We feel that it is not enough for an institute devoted to applied gerontology to simply publish research articles for peers. It is important to disseminate the results of research to the people who can use it to make a difference in the lives of older adults.

 

Q: So why don’t you give your products and training away?

Answer: As one of 12 remaining research institutes connected to a long-term care facility, we feel it is our responsibility to our residents, staff, colleagues, and customers to continue over the long run as innovators in the field. To do so, we must cover our costs and sustain the institute in a climate of reduced state and federal funding.

 

Q: Montessori-Based Activities for Persons with Dementia, Volume 1 has been available since 1999. Don’t you think Volume 2 is a bit overdue?

Answer: Yes, but it’s worth the wait! Volume 2 has just completed its first print run and will be available on Amazon.com very soon. ( Visit the Products Page for further details. )