Montessori for Aging and Dementia is an approach to life that supports each individual in engaging in their community in a purposeful way. Watch how Clark Retirement has successfully implemented this program with the help of Jennifer Brush.
From Can’t To Can Do!
Montessori for Aging and Dementia
Do you want to improve the quality of life for persons living with dementia? Are you looking for ways to create more participation for the older adults you serve?
We help you achieve success by teaching you how to connect with elders in a way that inspires.
This live 2-day training teaches any care provider how to:
Establish a culutre where everyone can thrive
Apply Montessori principles to help elders succeed in doing a variety of daily activities
Improve communication between care partners and people with dementia
Create a supportive physical environment filled with memory cues
Prevent responsive behaviors in people with dementia
Match strengths and abilities with personal history, so you can develop the right activities and care for individuals
Foster social connections and friendships within your community
Develop routines that build confidence and self-esteem for your staff as well as the people you serve
Create meaningful roles and activities for everyone, no matter what their ability
Provide cues, prompts, materials and templates to help improve memory loss and reshape what they’re capable of
Make your community the one where everyone wants to live and work.
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. You can learn more about this approach by watching a video of Jennifer taken at The Erickson School Memory Summit and then read about the requirements to become an Frequently Asked Questions Practitioner Certification
Using 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. To learn about this, watch Changing Lives, a video about Montessori created by our colleague Anne Kelly from Montessori Australia.
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 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. Download our From Can’t to Can Do! Montessori Flyer.
This workshop is for:
Montessori teachers who would like to use their skills with a different population
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 Brush Development and Association Montessori International
A copy of I Care, the award-winning handbook for care partners of people with dementia
Handouts you can use to identify the needs and desires and roles of your patients
A guide of available dementia programs that you may be able to 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
From Can’t to Can Do!
All slides and handouts are available in Spanish and English
Section I: A Life with Meaning and Purpose
Retaining life roles
Section II: Montessori for All Ages
Who was Dr. Maria Montessori?
What is the Montessori philosophy of education?
From the classroom to the aged care center
Section III: See the Person, Not the Disease
Understanding the impact of dementia
Living with a neurocognitive disorder
Section IV: Memories in the Making
How memory works
How we learn
How to make a memory book
Section V: Let’s Talk
Communication challenges and dementia
Tips for effective communication
Section VI: Let’s Get Busy
Help me help myself
Section VII: See the World Through their Eyes
Using observation skills
Behaviors as a form of communication
Section VIII: These Four Walls
Creating a prepared environment
Design guidelines for aging and dementia
Section IX: Creative Connections
Recipes for success
Section X: Spaced Retrieval Step by Step
Learning is possible in dementia
Why Spaced Retrieval works
Implementing the evidence based memory strategy
Section XI: Montessori Demonstrations
Lessons given by Montessori guides
Opportunities for student practice
Setting up Montessori spaces in aged care
Section XII: A Community of Caring
Putting Montessori into action
Leaving your comfort zone
Students present case studies and write an action plan
Jennifer A. Brush, M.A., CCC/SLP
Certified Montessori Educator
Taught by Jennifer Brush, a 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 program.
Option 1: Take the program in person
Jennifer teaches at Montessori Training Institutes in the US and Argentina. Visit our Events Page for a current listing.
Want Jennifer to teach this program on your campus?
Contact Jennifer and arrange a workshop for your staff.
Option 2: Take the program online – live, with Jennifer as your private instructor, tailoring the class to your specific learning goals
Do you have a group of up to 6 people who’d like to take the workshop online?
Contact Jennifer to arrange a time that meets your schedule.
Option 3: Take the self-paced online course at your convenience, start anytime
What people are saying about Jennifer’s workshops:
Margarita Green, RN, Residential Plaza
“We’ve had an improvement in resident engagement!”
“Mrs. Brush brought her expertise and knowledge to our organization to kick off our new Memory Care Program. Her interactive training model worked successfully with the staff, in demonstrating to the staff by modeling behavior. She enlightened us by helping the staff see our residents from a different point of view and being able to identify the opportunities to effectively engage our Alzheimer’s residents. The program has proven to be effective within 8 months from implementation, with a 65% increase in resident engagement.”
– Margarita Green, RN, Memory Care Program Director, Residential Plaza, Miami, Florida, USA
Patricia Mattox-Larson, New Hampshire, USA
“Highly recommend Jennifer’s course!”
“She is an excellent teacher…… extremely knowledgeable, organized, patient, and articulate. The information she imparts is practical, insightful, and realistic. I loved the interactive format which, for me, was a fabulous way to learn at this stage of my career. I was excited and energized after each class. Her course has completely changed the way I support both my clients with dementia and their families.”
– Patricia Mattox-Larson, New Hampshire, USA
Fang Yin Low, Singpore
“Wonderful, wonderful training”
“Before the online training, I had very little knowledge of how to work with people with dementia, so when the opportunity came for me to take on a caseload which involved dementia, I was very glad to have found Jennifer. She was patient and accommodating. It was a great experience, and I picked up skills as well as ideas that I have been applying to my practice. The interactive approach was really valuable, and I had the opportunity to ask her specific questions that arose from my practice. Jennifer offered invaluable insight on how I could modify my tasks to better suit the population I work with. She also shared extensively about her clinical experience, which was very inspiring. I would not hesitate in signing up for this training. In fact, we are already looking at the possibility of doing a second round of training in the near future!”
– Fang Yin Low, Singpore
Jennifer Brush, MA, CCC/SLP is an international speaker/educator and recognized speech-language pathologist known for her work in the area of dementia. She has served as the Principal Investigator on applied research grants that have examined issues pertaining to dementia and the long-term care environment. Jennifer has been appointed by the Executive Director of AMI to serve as an inaugural member of the Advisory Group for Montessori for Aging and Dementia (MAGAD). MAGAD is the main advisory body to AMI on all matters concerning the application of the Montessori approach for older people and persons living with dementia. MAGAD works to support quality standards in the delivery of a continuum of care and services and to achieve quality outcomes for each person to enable life to be lived as fully as possible.