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NCCAP Montessori for Dementia Engagement Certification

By | 2018-02-02T15:54:29+00:00 February 2nd, 2018|aging, alzheimers, dementia. alzheimers, Montessori|

I am very excited to announce a new collaboration between The National Certification Council for Activity Professionals (NCCAP) and Brush Development Company.  We have  have partnered to offer health care professionals a Montessori for Dementia Engagement Certification. The Montessori for Dementia Engagement Certification curriculum provides a thorough introduction to using Montessori with elders and [...]

Human Connection Through Story

By | 2017-11-30T12:06:50+00:00 November 30th, 2017|aging, dementia, Montessori|

This year I collaborated on a wonderful story written and illustrated especially for elders with dementia called A Day on the Wind Seeker.  People living with dementia are able to and enjoy reading a loud, but many of the books available in large print with high contrast graphics are childish and not designed for [...]

First Montessori for Aging and Dementia Workshop Offered in Ireland

By | 2017-11-30T11:40:41+00:00 November 28th, 2017|aging, dementia, Montessori|

I am excited to be traveling to Ireland in Spring 2018 to teach my From Can't to Can Do! Montessori for Aging and Dementia workshop.  All interested in Montessori for aging are invited to attend.  Below is the announcement recently released by Saint Nicholas Montessori College of Ireland. Saint Nicholas Montessori College Ireland (SNMCI) [...]

Featured Speaker in Prague, Czech Republic

By | 2017-08-14T14:26:55+00:00 August 1st, 2017|aging, alzheimers, dementia, healthcare professionals, Montessori|

Last week, Association Montessori International held the first European Symposium on Montessori for Aging and Dementia in Prague. I was honored to be one of the featured speakers and chose to speak about making the connection between the Montessori classroom and a Montessori community for elders. I shared with the audience the difference and [...]

Montessori Practical Life Activities for Individuals with Dementia

By | 2017-07-13T12:33:54+00:00 July 13th, 2017|aging, alzheimers, dementia, dementia. alzheimers, Montessori|

Adapted from Getting Started with Montessori Volume 1 by Brush & Norris ((c) 2017 Brush Development Company) Dr. Montessori developed practical life activities to help children develop coordination, order, independence, and concentration. By developing those qualities, the child is able to get the most out of the learning experience.  There are four main areas [...]

Follow us in a 12 month journey as we find our way From Can’t to Can Do!

By | 2017-03-07T17:34:54+00:00 March 6th, 2017|aging, alzheimers, dementia, dementia. alzheimers, Montessori|

Learn how Brush Development is working alongside staff and residents to implement meaningful change We are off and running with a lot of progress in several areas of our Montessori project at Clark Retirement Community this month! Research First, our researchers, Natalie Douglas, PhD, Michelle Bourgeois, PhD, and students from Central Michigan University working [...]

Giving Elders a Voice in Their Own Care: Person-Centered Care and Choice

By | 2017-08-14T14:30:47+00:00 October 28th, 2015|aging, long term care, nursing home, Person-Centered Care|

Person-Centered Care puts considerable value on an individual’s right to make decisions concerning every aspect of her or his life. Often long-term care providers want to honor resident choice, but are afraid to do so because of fear of injury or risk of liability.  The key is to find the balance between providing good [...]

November is National Alzheimer’s Disease Awareness Month & National Family Caregivers Month

By | 2016-10-31T15:03:26+00:00 October 21st, 2015|aging, alzheimers, behaviors, communication, dementia, Uncategorized|

In honor of National Alzheimer’s Disease Awareness Month and National Family Caregivers Month this November, I am offering some helpful tips for the many men and women helping to care for and support their loved ones with Alzheimer’s Disease or another type of dementia. Below are the top five most effective tips for positive communication [...]

New Online Training Available to Help Navigate Neurocognitive Disorders

By | 2016-10-31T15:03:26+00:00 October 20th, 2015|aging, alzheimers, communication, dementia, dementia. alzheimers, healthcare professionals, online learning, personalized training, Uncategorized|

As health care professionals, our role is to collaborate with older adults, to help them fill-in the gaps of their abilities and to help them succeed at doing what they want to do. Brush Development Company is offering a new 12-hour online, one-on-one private course that invites, encourages and challenges speech-language pathologists and other health [...]

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