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April 17, 2021 22 min

Dr. Cameron J. Camp joins me today on Boomer Living. Cameron is a noted psychologist specializing in applied gerontology research and is currently serving as Director of Research and Development for the Center for Applied Research in Dementia.

Cameron is well-known in the space for his development of the Montessori method as an intervention for people with dementia. I’m eager to talk to him today about this and much more.

[00:00] Pre-Intro dialogue from Cameron
[01:30] Introduction to Cameron J. Camp
[02:01] What originally got you interested in dedicating your career and to some extent your life to gerontology and specifically dementia research?
[03:21] Where did the idea for the Montessori Method come from? How did the approach relate to providing care to people with dementia?
[08:41] Where is this approach being used today? And do you think it is doable for loved ones of people with dementia, or is it better practice with someone with more experience dealing with dementia treatment?
[10:00] What results have you been seeing with this approach?
[15:48] Is there a certain kind of dementia, a person on whom this intervention is typically more effective, or is it effective to some degree across the board?
[17:21] What other factors impact the efficacy of the Montessori Method intervention? I'm thinking about things like treatment environment, buy-in from loved ones, and such. What's your thought?
[20:30] Do you have anything else that you would like to share?
[21:19] Wrap-up

Cameron J. Camp, Ph.D., originally developed the use of the Montessori method as an intervention for use with persons with dementia. He is a noted psychologist specializing in applied research in gerontology and currently serves as Director of Research and Development for the Center for Applied Research in Dementia. Dr. Camp gives workshops on designing cognitive and behavioral interventions for dementia internationally. These interventions are all designed to reduce challenging behaviors and increase the level of functioning and quality of life of persons with dementia. He has co-authored three college textbooks and published over 150 peer-reviewed articles and book chapters. Dr. Camp is a Fellow and past president of Division 20 (Adult Development and Aging) of the American Psychological Association, a Fellow of the Gerontological Society of America, and a Charter Member of the Association for Psychological Science. His research has been funded by grants from the National Institutes of Health, and the national Alzheimer’s Association. He is a recipient of the American Psychological Association Award for Distinguished Professional Contributions to Applied Research.

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