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How to Support Employees Who are Caring for Their Aging Parents

By | 2019-04-24T13:06:42+00:00 April 24th, 2019|aging, alzheimers, caring, dementia, dementia. alzheimers|

You may not realize it, but many of your employees are in the Sandwich Generation.  The term Sandwich Generation is often used to describe individuals who are raising children and caring for their parents at the same time.  Most are also managing a career and juggling a variety of other commitments.  Sound familiar?  You might [...]

Tips for Creating Memory Books to Enable Conversation

By | 2019-03-29T12:47:19+00:00 March 29th, 2019|alzheimers, care partner, communication, dementia, dementia. alzheimers|

For people living with dementia, reading is a preserved skill. Therefore visual aids that include written information can be used as memory supports. Memory books can improve quality of life by: Helping people remember important informationMaking conversation easierReducing responsive (challenging) behaviors, such as exit seeking and repetitive questioningProviding reassurance and comfort A memory book is [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

An Unsung Hero…The Family Caregiver

By | 2016-10-31T15:03:26+00:00 November 23rd, 2015|alzheimers, care partner, caring, dementia, dementia. alzheimers, love, loved one, Uncategorized|

This week I welcome Vicki Tapia as a guest blogger, family care partner, and advocate for people with dementia.    By Vicki Tapia: In 2004, my father was diagnosed with Parkinson’s-related dementia and a few months later, my mother with Alzheimer’s disease. That was the year I became a caregiver. While my parents didn’t reside with me, [...]

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 [...]

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