First Montessori for Aging and Dementia Workshop Offered in Ireland

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First Montessori for Aging and Dementia Workshop Offered in Ireland

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) and Association of AMI Teachers of Ireland (AATI) are delighted to announce a two-day workshop on Montessori for Aging and Dementia.

For the first time in Ireland, this innovative approach to dementia care for the elderly will be explored. The workshop is led by Jennifer Brush, who is an award-winning Dementia Educator, author and consultant. It will be delivered in Saint Nicholas Montessori College Ireland’s premises in Dún Laoghaire.

Ian McKenna, Director of SNMCI stated that:

“This is a wonderful opportunity to present Montessori beyond its perceived context of the class room. The goal of this 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. The Montessori approach enhances quality of life for people living with dementia by creating an environment in which they can thrive.”

He continued:

“I am delighted that SNMCI is working with AATI on this initiative – the fact that we have been able to secure the services of Jennifer, who is one of the globally acknowledged experts in this area, will ensure that all workshop participants will be equipped to bring Montessori in Ireland to a new community.”

By | 2017-11-30T11:40:41+00:00 November 28th, 2017|aging, dementia, Montessori|0 Comments

About the Author:

Jennifer Brush
Jennifer A. Brush, M.A., CCC/SLP has been working for over 20 years to change the face of dementia care in hospitals, assisted living communities, nursing homes and home care. Prior to establishing her own practice, Jennifer served for many years as the Executive Director of IDEAS Institute, a nonprofit organization that improves the lives of older adults through the conduct of applied research. She is an international speaker and recognized speech-language pathologist known for her work in the areas of memory, swallowing, and environmental interventions for people with 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. Her research and consulting in the area of environmental modifications has resulted in improved functioning for people with dementia. Jennifer offers interactive and educational presentations and coaching that help clients bridge the gap between current research findings and the care needs of people with dementia. Jennifer Brush is the co-author of four books: Creative Connections in Dementia Care™; I Care; Environment and Communication Assessment Toolkit™ (ECAT) and A Therapy Technique for Improving Memory: Spaced Retrieval. She is the author of Meal Time Matters and Meal Time Matters at Home, training programs that build nursing assistants' and home caregivers' skills related to dining, swallowing disorders, and safe feeding assistance. Jennifer has authored over 25 articles in peer-reviewed journals, served as guest editor of the journals Seminars in Speech and Language and Perspectives in Gerontology, volunteered as Chair of Professional Development in Gerontology for the American Speech Language Hearing Association Special Interest Group, and was an editorial reviewer for SpeechPathology.com. Jennifer is a member of the American Speech-Language Hearing Association and the Association Montessori Internationale (AMI). Jennifer is honored to be appointed by the Executive Director of AMI to serve as an inaugural member of the Advisory Group for Montessori for Aging and Dementia. This group is responsible for writing the AMI standards for Montessori dementia programs. Jennifer presented her research in the area of dementia at the first international conference for Montessori environments for dementia in Sydney, Australia in 2014, and spoke at the annual AMI meeting in Amsterdam, Netherlands in 2015. She will return to Sydney in November, 2015 to speak about creating supportive environments for the aging.
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