I’m still me!

Part of my private practice involves working with individuals who are learning to manage the early symptoms of dementia while living at home.  I help them to maintain their cognitive skills and ability to care for themselves, encourage them to exercise, eat well, and maintain their social lives, and we work together to make modifications [...]

By | 2017-11-10T13:12:34+00:00 November 10th, 2017|dementia|0 Comments

Brush Development Partners with Montessori for Dementia Training Center

A Note From Jennifer Last week I taught at the internationally recognized Montessori Center of Minnesota (MCM). The center has offered high-quality, hands-on training in Dr. Montessori’s proven method of education to the world’s leading Montessori teachers for more than 40 years. Located in a beautiful state-of-the-art facility in St. Paul, MN, MCM provides [...]

By | 2017-11-01T21:00:56+00:00 November 1st, 2017|Uncategorized|0 Comments

How Montessori is Changing the Way One Community Supports Person-Centered Living

The Life Enrichment staff at Clark Retirement in Grand Rapids has been working step by step to implement the Montessori philosophy of life.  A big part of that process has involved collaborating the with residents and their families to identify meaningful roles that give individuals a chance to contribute to the community and help [...]

By | 2017-10-11T14:59:11+00:00 October 11th, 2017|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Leadership Responsibilities for Implementing Montessori

It takes a team to implement Montessori for Aging and Dementia, but so often leadership send their staff to training related to new programs or skills, but don’t attend the training themselves.  For successful Montessori program implementation, leaders should lead by example and attend the “From Can’t to Can Do!” workshop.  Leadership can support [...]

By | 2017-09-21T14:49:00+00:00 September 21st, 2017|Montessori, Uncategorized|0 Comments

Reading and Dementia

As part of my work with Montessori for Dementia, I have encouraged care communities to provide large print reading material for people with dementia and to establish daily reading groups.  Reading Groups are a great way to give people an opportunity to socialize, take turns and contribute to a group without putting pressure on [...]

By | 2017-09-10T22:21:03+00:00 September 6th, 2017|dementia, Montessori|0 Comments

Choice is Part of Montessori for Aging and Dementia

A Montessori environment has different activities and work sitting out on tables and shelves and encourages individuals to decide what to work on each day.  This provides structure, but also gives the person independence, self-esteem and the knowledge that they are respected. The Montessori for Aging and Dementia philosophy believes that people with dementia [...]

By | 2017-08-21T11:48:23+00:00 August 21st, 2017|dementia, Montessori|0 Comments

Visiting your loved one with dementia in a nursing home? 3 Tips to help you make the best of your visit

If you have ever visited someone with dementia in a nursing home, then you know it can be hard to think of things to do or talk about to keep the visit going.  The quality of the visit is much more important than the length of the visit.  Individuals with dementia may not remember [...]

By | 2017-08-14T14:36:38+00:00 August 14th, 2017|dementia, nursing home|0 Comments

Featured Speaker in Prague, Czech Republic

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

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 [...]

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