Tips for Creating a Supportive Environment for Older Adults

By | 2019-03-29T12:47:29+00:00 March 21st, 2019|Uncategorized|

The "prepared environment" is designed to facilitate independence and exploration. When designing a Montessori environment for older adults, it can be hard to know where to start. Keep these simple tips in mind: The prepared environment for older adults is beautiful and inviting. Those living in the care community can help choose or donate beautiful [...]

The Importance of Being Outside

By | 2018-10-29T13:09:48+00:00 October 29th, 2018|Uncategorized|

Every morning, the first thing I do is pour myself a big mug of coffee.  The second thing I do is take my standard poodle,  Lucy for a walk.  Today, as I watched the sun rise over the maple trees I was in awe of the shades of red, orange and yellow I observed-the [...]

Brush Development Partners with Montessori for Dementia Training Center

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

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 [...]

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

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

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 [...]

Leadership Responsibilities for Implementing Montessori

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

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 [...]

Brush Development Begins 2017 with an Exciting New Montessori Program at Clark Retirement Community

By | 2017-01-22T22:01:33+00:00 January 22nd, 2017|Uncategorized|

Stay up to date and learn alongside Jennifer Brush and her team as they implement a model program of person-directed living It’s a new year, a time for new beginnings, and the perfect time to start a new project.  During 2017, I’ll be working with the team at Clark Retirement Community in Grand Rapids, Michigan [...]

Learn! Lead! Improve Lives!

By | 2016-10-31T15:03:23+00:00 May 16th, 2016|Uncategorized|

  We are pleased to announce that Brush Development is the first Association Montessori Internationale (AMI) training center in the U.S. for Montessori for Aging and Dementia. Jennifer Brush, an AMI Certified Educator, is the only person in the U.S. to offer the two-day Montessori for Aging and Dementia workshop, which is the first step [...]

Communication Takes Care for Baby Boomers and Beyond

By | 2016-10-31T15:03:26+00:00 May 2nd, 2016|Uncategorized|

The ability to speak, hear, and understand language and conversation are central to almost every aspect of daily life. Yet, these skills are often taken for granted until someone loses them. For older Americans, communication disorders are among the most common challenges they may face. Unfortunately, these disorders may go untreated for years—or may never [...]

“It’s a true little gem of a book.”

By | 2016-10-31T15:03:26+00:00 April 11th, 2016|Uncategorized|

This week, I’d like to share an interview with me conducted by Vicki Tapia about the book I wrote with Kerry Mills, I Care: A Handbook For Care Partners Of People With Dementia.   Vicki is the author of Somebody Stole My Iron, a family memoir about dementia.  You can learn more about it at [...]

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