Montessori for Aging and Dementia
Caring for individuals living with dementia can pose challenges for everyone concerned.
The problematic behaviors that are the hallmark of dementia often lead to frustration, upset, and chaos in relationships and in the caretaking environment — and stressed-out, overworked, exhausted caretakers.
There is a better way.
Attend our comprehensive two-day course taught by an international expert Jennifer Brush.
Each segment is carefully designed to give you simple, actionable solutions you can implement today and dramatically improve your experience of caring for individuals living with dementia.
As you skillfully and compassionately put to use what you learn in this course, you’ll see the behavior of those you’re caring for transform — and your own role become much easier and more fulfilling.
Inside the course you’ll:
- Understand the real reason why elders become depressed, exit seek, and walk about — and learn the exact steps you can take to prevent these behaviors from happening (instead of simply trying to “manage” them)
- Discover a powerful (and little-known) approach to dementia care that will totally change your perspective on aging and dementia
- Learn the first thing you should do to create a sense of community between staff and residents (it’s not what you think)
- Create an engaging life enrichment program (appropriate for people at a variety of cognitive levels) in a way that transforms the culture of a long-term care center and ultimately frees up staff time dramatically
- Learn the process for changing a ho-hum activity program into a dynamic and engaging person-centered program that keeps people interested and has them coming back for more
- Successfully reduce or eliminate the repetitive questioning behaviors that so often characterize those living with cognitive impairment
- Start using a simple tool for helping people with cognitive impairment participate in meaningful conversations, leading to an improved situation for both the care partner and the person with dementia
- Identify the mistakes almost everyone unknowingly makes in wayfinding and signage, leading to confusion and discord — and find out how to correct them
- Develop the skills to effectively communicate with people with dementia, so they easily understand what you are trying to convey
- Discover how to help people with dementia learn new or previously known information. Yes, people with cognitive impairment can learn and retain new information! We’ll show you how, step by step.
…and much more
We combine dementia care best practices with a Montessori philosophy.
From Can’t to Can Do! is a Leader in the Industry
It’s popular because this approach enhances independence and quality of life for people living with dementia by creating an environment in which they can succeed. Developed from years of experience, Jennifer Brush has created an innovative program that meets the AMI Standards for Montessori for Aging and Dementia.
When you take the in-person workshop you earn a Certificate of Completion from the Association Montessori Internationale. You will then be qualified to further your study by enrolling in the Practitioner Certification Course for Montessori for Aging and Dementia with Jennifer Brush. The AMI Practitioner Certification is an international certification open to care partners, health care professionals and Montessori educators who want to complete an in-depth study in order to apply the principles of Montessori to elders. Jennifer teaches the certification program live online once a month for six months and mentors you through the certification requirements (case studies, readings, practical application, materials making, exam and essay). The next class begins July 2018 and will meet the last Tuesday of the month at 7:30 PM EST. It is not a certification for working as a trainer/educator. For more information, read Frequently Asked Questions Practitioner Certification.
The Montessori philosophy, roles, routines and activities are developed for each individual, which are meaningful to that person – giving everyone the opportunity to enjoy an enriched life full of possibilities, not limitations. 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.
Colleagues and attendees have used the programming from this workshop to:
- Reduce psychotropic medications in their communities
- Increase levels of activity engagement in persons living with dementia
- Create a higher-quality of life for the individuals in their communities
- Improve family and staff satisfaction
How do you want to live when you’re 80?
You want to be independent, you want to be active, you want control of your life, you want purpose. Individuals with dementia want the same. That’s what From Can’t to Can Do! will help you create in your community.
This workshop is for:
- Montessori teachers who would like to use their skills with a different population
- Family members
- Social workers
- Rehab therapists
- Nursing assistants
- Life enrichment staff
- Care providers who are looking for non-pharmacological interventions for dementia and want to reduce the use of psychotropic medications
Program participants will receive:
- Certificate of Attendance for Workshop from the Association Montessori International
- Pre-qualification status for the Practitioner’s Certification Course
- Handouts you can use to identify the needs and desires and roles of your patients
- Assessment tools
- A guide of available dementia programs that you can use to create a better environment in your care community
- Activities you can implement or teach your staff to implement
- Step by step directions to implement Spaced Retrieval
- Guidelines for setting up a Montessori program of your own
- Tools that will improve engagement, activities, and communication skills for those in your community
- Ways to modify the physical environment to support people with dementia
- Solutions to the key issues such as falls, staff satisfaction and reduction of psychotropic medication
Jennifer A. Brush, M.A., CCC/SLP
AMI Certified Montessori Educator
Taught by Jennifer Brush, an AMI Certified Montessori Educator, one of just two dementia care experts in the US on the International Advisory Board for Montessori for Aging and Dementia, and the only person in the US who teaches this AMI program.