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From Can't to Can Do! Using the Montessori Approach ONLINE COURSE


Redesigning Dementia Care So Everyone Flourishes


ONLY $199

Caring for individuals living with dementia can pose challenges for everyone concerned.

The problematic behaviors that are the hallmark of dementia often lead to frustration, upset, and chaos in relationships and in the caregiving environment — and stressed-out, overworked, exhausted care partners.

There is a better way.

Formerly only available by personal consultation or at live workshops, renowned dementia care expert Jennifer Brush has made her groundbreaking Montessori for Aging and Dementia methods available to you in this online course.

This comprehensive 10-hour course is available 100% online, at a fraction of the cost of hiring Jennifer personally. The course is divided into 12 information-packed videos recorded in a dynamic classroom environment.  Once you purchase the course, you will have 60 days to complete it.

Each segment is carefully designed to give you simple, actionable solutions you can implement today and dramatically improve your experience of caring for individuals living with dementia.

As you skillfully and compassionately put to use what you learn in this course, you’ll see the behavior of those you’re caring for transform — and your own role become much easier and more fulfilling.

After purchasing this course, you will have 60 days to access the material.

Inside the course you’ll:

  • Understand the real reason why elders become depressed, exit seek, and walk about — and learn the exact steps you can take to prevent these behaviors from happening (instead of simply trying to “manage” them)
  • Discover a powerful (and little-known) approach to dementia care that will totally change your perspective on aging and dementia
  • Learn the first thing you should do to create a sense of community between staff and residents (it’s not what you think)
  • Create an engaging life enrichment program (appropriate for people at a variety of cognitive levels) in a way that transforms the culture of a long-term care center and ultimately frees up staff time dramatically
  • Learn the process for changing a ho-hum activity program into a dynamic and engaging person-centered program that keeps people interested and has them coming back for more
  • Successfully reduce or eliminate the repetitive questioning behaviors that so often characterize those living with cognitive impairment
  • Start using a simple tool for helping people with cognitive impairment participate in meaningful conversations, leading to an improved situation for both the care partner and the person with dementia
  • Identify the mistakes almost everyone unknowingly makes in wayfinding and signage, leading to confusion and discord — and find out how to correct them
  • Develop the skills to effectively communicate with people with dementia, so they easily understand what you are trying to convey
  • Discover how to help people with dementia learn new or previously known information. Yes, people with cognitive impairment can learn and retain new information! We’ll show you how, step by step.

…and much more

We’ve made learning easy and convenient in an online format that gives you lots of flexibility.

You’ll watch engaging footage from a previously-recorded live training session — no bland talking heads or boring recorded PowerPoint presentations.

Students love the way Jennifer understands their daily challenges of being a care partner or clinician. She has done it all — research, clinical work and personal caregiving. Inside these videos, you’ll benefit from her interaction with audience participants.

It’s like being personally trained by one of the world’s TOP dementia care experts — without ever having to leave the comfort of your own home or office!


ONLY $199

Group Discounts available for 30 or more. Contact us to set up your account.

Want to complete further study after the online course?

After passing the self-paced online class, students can enroll in the Practitioner Certification Course, an international certification open to care partners, health care professionals and Montessori educators who want to complete an in-depth study in order to apply the principles of Montessori to elders.  Jennifer and Margaret Jarrell (a certified Montessori teacher) teach the certification program live online once a month for six months and mentor students through the certification requirements (case studies, readings, practical application, materials making, class participation, exam and essay).  Those who successfully complete all of the course requirements receive certification from Brush Development as a Montessori Elder Care Practitioner.  Students who are enrolling in the class after taking an in-person workshop are eligible for an additional certification from Association Montessori Internationale (contact us for more information).

The next certification classes begin July 2020 and January 2021.  Students can choose from one of two class times: the last Tuesday of the month at 7:30 PM EST or the last Thursday of every month at 1:00 PM EST (please check with Jennifer to confirm current class times). It is not a certification for working as a trainer/educator.  Interested in learning more?  Use the contact us link and we will be happy to send you more information.


ONLY $199

Group Discounts available for 30 or more. Contact us to set up your account.

Patricia Mattox-Larson, New Hampshire, 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 online 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

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. It was a great experience, and I picked up skills as well as ideas that I have been applying to 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

Frequently Asked Questions

bullet pointWho should take the From Can’t to Can Do! online course?

Anyone who lives and works with older adults!

More specifically, anyone who wants to create a dementia care environment where everyone flourishes should take this innovative program.

Past participants have included:

  • Social workers
  • Nurses
  • Rehab therapists
  • Dietitians
  • Nursing assistants
  • Administrators
  • Life enrichment staff
  • Family care partners
  • Montessori Guides

bullet pointWhat sets this course apart from other dementia care training programs?

Montessori transforms the way we think about dementia care because it puts the focus back on the person we’re serving and gives them an environment in which they can succeed.

Too often, communities who serve elders with dementia leave them sitting in wheelchairs with little to do other than the scheduled large group activities. People deserve a chance to continue to participate in their own hobbies and interests at a schedule that works best for them. With the From Can’t to Can Do! program, they’re given the chance to flourish.

What many people don’t realize, however, is how dramatically Montessori for Aging and Dementia can change the satisfaction levels of the care partner, too. Whether you are a family member of a person living with dementia, healthcare professional, or program director, you’ll benefit from the Montessori approach, personally and/or professionally.

bullet pointHow will this program benefit the elders living in my care community?

Implementation of the approaches you learn in From Can’t to Can Do! results in actively engaged older adults with meaningful roles that empower them to contribute to the community. This enhances their independence and enriches their lives.

bullet pointHow does this approach help me, the healthcare provider?

Most of the stress that healthcare professionals feel when assisting people with dementia stems from how much care they require or the responsive behaviors or actions they experience.

When elders are actively engaged in things they enjoy doing, they tend to repeat those activities and get better and better at doing them. As a result, individuals become more independent and require less staff assistance.

The skills they practice during Montessori activities, such as attention to task, fine and gross motor skills, turn taking, and following directions, can help elders to functioning independently during daily activities such as dressing and eating.

If you follow the steps in this training, you’ll free up time, reduce work stress and open up a whole new way of thinking about people with dementia.

bullet pointI’m a program director. What are the advantages to my choosing to implement a Montessori approach at our long-term care center?

The implementation of our program has been evaluated by outside researchers and has been shown to increase staff job satisfaction, and improve elder quality of life indicators, increase positive affect and engagement in elders. Group Discounts are available for 30 or more. Contact us to set up your account.

bullet pointCan I implement this approach where I work? Will my residents be able to do it, and will we be able to provide it with our resources?

One thing that makes the Montessori approach so phenomenal, successful and simple is that it works whether you are an individual family member or a huge community serving hundreds of people with dementia, and it benefits anyone along the continuum of dementia. Whether the people you serve are living at home, attending an adult day program, in assisted living, or living in a skilled nursing home, the Montessori philosophy of life can work for them.

This is an approach to living. Living with purpose, meaning, and joyful engagement in life.

In the From Can’t to Can Do! program, you’ll be given the step-by-step process you need to be successful with the Montessori approach to dementia care.

You’ll also receive an abundance of real life examples from different communities around the world and how they’ve been able to implement the Montessori principles with their own staff and residents. You’ll be able to take from these examples and make them your own.

The initial cost of buying materials to get you started is really quite inexpensive. Many of the activities can be purchased from Montessori supply catalogs, but others can be made from family donations and materials from discount and craft stores.

Of course any change requires a commitment of time and other resources – but the bottom line is that the From Can’t to Can Do! approach can work for anyone, and also pays off exponentially for both the caregiver and the person living with dementia.

bullet pointIs there another way I can get this information?

Even if you’ve attended a workshop someplace else or read a book on Montessori, you have not received the information from Jennifer Brush’s point of view.

The depth and breadth of this course is exceptional, and it’s taught by the only Montessori trainer in the United States who sits on the AMI Advisory Board for Montessori for Aging and Dementia.

Jennifer helped to write the international guidelines for Montessori for Aging and Dementia care. And now, she’s sharing this approach online exclusively in the From Can’t to Can Do! program.

What You Are Getting

When you sign up for From Can’t to Can Do!, you’re receiving world-class, innovative training in dementia care that improves the quality of life for individuals with dementia and increases job satisfaction for caregivers.

The course is divided into 12 information-packed videos recorded in a dynamic classroom environment.

Download the handouts, and then tune in to each video session on your own time, at your own pace, from anywhere in the world. All you need is an internet connection.

Each section ends with a short review quiz so you can test your knowledge prior to the final test.

Score at least 80% on the final test, and the system will allow you to print a certificate of completion as proof of training.

  • Discover an implement an innovative effective approach to dementia care
  • Set yourself apart from your competitors by offering the best dementia program in your area
  • Earn Certification AND CEUs, all from the comfort of your home or office, watching at your own pace
  • Gain hands-on guidance, correct unknown flaws in your physical environment, and transform residents’ ability to function more independently

ONLY $199

Group Discounts available for 30 or more. Contact us to set up your account.

“After meeting Jennifer, I finally felt hopeful and supported.

Nursing for over 35 years with geriatrics and dementia more and more prevalent I was at a loss to know how to make a difference.

 I knew drug therapy was not the answer or cure for behaviors. I witnessed sadness, boredom and frustration for those with dementia and often the caregiver as well.

I enrolled in her two-day workshop and came away with wonderful ways to engage clients with the disease. I knew I wanted to know more.

I am now enrolled in her on-line course. My fellow participants have all have different backgrounds but the core interest is changing the lives of Dementia Clients and caregivers.”

– Dotti Katz

“Jennifer Brush is a refreshing practitioner who has first-hand experiences with elders dealing with dementia.

Her empathetic nature coupled with her brilliant presentation and years of research allows her to equip the participants in this new frontier. I laughed and cried through the two-day workshop anxious to get started with the follow-up course.

Currently, I am starting on my journey working with elders with dementia and applying Montessori in a long-term memory care unit. Although I am comfortable with children after 20 years of working in a viable Montessori school – this ground breaking work with elders and Montessori has me on the edge of seat getting ready to launch.

Jennifer Brush is giving me the tools I need to be successful.”

— Michelle Lee Thompson

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