Two-Day Workshop with Jennifer Brush, MA, CCC/SLP
October 15 and October 16, 2016
Montessori for Aging and Dementia is an innovative approach to dementia care that can be adopted for individuals or groups as a philosophy of care. The goal of the Montessori program is to support people living with dementia by creating a prepared environment, filled with cues and memory supports, that enables individuals to care for themselves, others, and their community. We strive to develop communities that treat individuals with respect and dignity and honor their choices so that they may live as independently as possible. This two-day program focuses on the Montessori for Aging and Dementia program criteria as established by the AMI. Participants will receive handouts, a copy of the book I Care: A Handbook for Care Partners of People with Dementia and a certificate of completion from AMI.
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The Montessori approach enhances quality of life for people living with dementia by creating an environment in which they can succeed. Roles, routines and activities are developed for each individual, which are meaningful to that person – giving each person the opportunity to enjoy an enriched life. Individuals living in a Montessori community do as much for themselves and others as possible, rather than having things done to them or for them.
Attend this two-day workshop a workshop and learn to create meaningful activities and roles by:
- Focusing on the person, not the dementia.
- Matching strengths and abilities with personal history.
- Fostering social connections and friendships.
- Developing routines that build confidence and self-esteem.
- Creating meaningful roles and activities.
- Meeting the needs of the person.
- Providing cues, prompts, materials and templates to support the person’s memory loss.
Saturday October 15, 2016
8:30 AM to 12:00 PM
Section I: Introduction to the Montessori Method
- Montessori as an aid to life for people with dementia.
- Components of the Montessori Method that work in the care community.
- Underlying values and principles of the Montessori approach and how they inform the performance and job responsibilities of care teams.
Section II: The Whole Person
- Components of individualized care and the role of the healthcare professional.
- Overview of dementia.
- Assessments and interviews for program development
- 12:00 to12:30 Lunch Break -
12:30 PM to 5:00 PM
Section III: Cognition
- Process of memory formation and effective memory interventions.
- Types of memory and how each are impacted differently in dementia.
- Communication and dementia
Section IV: Prepared Environment
- Principles of a Montessori prepared environment and design guidelines for people with dementia.
- Link between the social, physical and organization environment and how it impacts behaviors.
- Environmental interventions based on dementia care best practices.
Section V: Independence
- The needs, desires, and roles of a person with dementia.
- Meaningful and accessible activities that maintain roles, needs, and desires.
- Cues and prompts to support independence.
Sunday, October 16, 2016
8:30 AM to 12:30 PM
Section VI: Memory and Independence Support Demonstrations
- Practical demonstrations and role play for task breakdown, roles, spaced retrieval training, way finding and visual cues.
- Activities for visual, tactile and auditory experiences, eye-hand co-ordination and/or fine and gross motor movement.
Section VI: Culture of Care
- Steps for creating a culture that reflects Montessori values.
- Teams in the care community that will be able to build and lead the Montessori Philosophy of Care.
- I Care: A Handbook for Care Partners of People with Dementia, by J. Brush & K. Mills
- Montessori Methods for DementiaTM: Focusing on the Person and the Prepared Environment, by G. Elliot
- Spaced Retrieval Step by Step, J. Benigas, J. Brush, & G. Elliot
- Memory & Communication Aids for People with Dementia, by M. Bourgeois
Jennifer Brush, MA, CCC/SLP is an international speaker/educator and recognized speech-language pathologist known for her work in the area of dementia. She has served as the Principal Investigator on applied research grants that have examined issues pertaining to dementia, hearing impairment, dining, dysphagia and the long-term care environment. Jennifer has been appointed by the Executive Director of Association Montessori Internationale (AMI) to serve as an inaugural member of the Advisory Group for Montessori for Aging and Dementia. She is one of two dementia care experts in the U.S. who is part of this group. Jennifer an award winning author and is the co-author of five books about dementia.