Montessori for Aging and Dementia

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Montessori Center of Minnesota

1611 Ames Avenue East

Saint Paul, MN 55106

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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 fo 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 Demntia program critera as established by the Association Montessori Internationale (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.

About Jennifer Brush:

Jennifer Brush, MA, CCC/SLP is an award-winning Dementia Educator, author and consultant. Passionate about enriching the lives of people with dementia, Jennifer is on a mission to put the focus of care on the person’s preferences, interests and abilities.

With her 25 years of industry experience, including leading countless live national and international trainings, facilitating ground-breaking research, and managing innovative person-centered care projects for The Mayer-Rothschild Foundation, Jennifer flawlessly bridges the gap between care communities and the individuals they serve. Jennifer serves on the Association Montessori International Advisory Board for Montessori for Aging and Dementia and is the only person in the US teaching this international program.

Jennifer is the author of 5 nationally recognized books on dementia including the silver-medal winning Creative Connections in Dementia Care and I Care, the gold-medal winning work that also received a 5-star rating as a Reader Favorite. Jennifer is widely known for her revolutionary work in the Spaced Retrieval memory intervention, pioneering this area of study and publishing 2 books on the subject.


Thursday, October 26 8:30 am-5:00 pm (Lunch included)

Friday, October 27, 8:00 am-12:00 pm


$350, includes lunch on Thursday, a copy of I Care: A Handbook for Care Partners of People with Dementia, and a certificate from AMI.

Workshop Agenda

DAY 1 8:30 AM to 5:00 PM

Section I: A Life with Meaning and Purpose

  • Maintaining personhood
  • Individualized assessments
  • Retaining life roles

Section II: Montessori for All Ages

  • Who was Dr. Maria Montessori?
  • What is the Montessori philosophy of education?
  • From the classroom to the aged care center

Section III: See the Person, Not the Disease

  • Understanding the impact of dementia
  • Living with a neurocognitive disorder

Section IV: Memories in the Making

  • How memory works
  • How we learn
  • How to make a memory book

Section V: Let’s Talk

  • Communication challenges and dementia
  • Tips for effective communication

Section VI: Let’s Get Busy

  • Help me help myself
  • Fostering independence

DAY 2 8:00 AM to 12:00 PM

Section VII: See the World Through their Eyes

  • Using observation skills
  • Behaviors as a form of communication

Section VIII: These Four Walls

  • Creating a prepared environment
  • Design guidelines for aging and dementia

Section IX: Creative Connections

  • What art?
  • Recipes for success

Section X: Spaced Retrieval Step by Step

  • Learning is possible in dementia
  • Why Spaced Retrieval works
  • Implementing the evidence based memory strategy

Section XI: Montessori Demonstrations

  • Lessons given by Montessori guides
  • Opportunities for student practice
  • Setting up Montessori spaces in aged care

Section XII: A Community of Caring

  • Putting Montessori into action
  • Developing Teams
  • Leaving your comfort zone

Students present case studies and write an action plan

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1611 Ames Avenue East

Saint Paul, MN 55106

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