Montessori for Aging and Dementia Introductory Course (LIVE VIRTUAL) (June 2023)



From Can’t to Can Do! Montessori for Aging and Dementia Introductory Course

12-Hour Live Virtual Course – taught using Microsoft Teams

June 12, 13, 14, 15, 2023
6 PM – 9 PM US EST (New York)

Instructors: Jennifer Brush, Margaret Jarrell, Julia Johnson, and Mandy Cheskis
$199, includes a Brush Development Certificate of Completion.  AMI Certificate of Completion can be added at checkout for an additional $15.00, which is required for students who are planning to enroll in the AMI Practitioner Certification Course with Brush Development (offered every January and July).  After purchasing this course, you will receive a receipt with a link to access the handouts and meeting invitation.  This is the PREREQUISITE for 6-month AMI Certification Course.  All sales are final, refunds are not provided.


Sign up for the 12-hour Montessori course that’s helped countless care providers improve elder engagement and independence, increase staff and family satisfaction, and transform the physical and social environment into a community that flourishes. The result is the care community where everyone wants to live and work! Our team will walk you through an easy and transformative 12-hour program to get real results.  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. Get ready to create a place where everyone thrives!


Day 1 (6:00-9:00 p.m. EST)

Person-Centered Care
  • What is Person-Centered Care?
  • The Value of Roles
What is Montessori for Children?
  • Background of Dr. Montessori’s Work
  • Key Discoveries of Human Development
  • Key Components of Montessori Education
Applying Montessori Methods to the Care Setting
  • Montessori for Aging and Dementia
  • Essential Components
  • The Prepared Environment

Day 2 (6:00-9:00 p.m. EST)

Applying Montessori Methods to the Care Setting
  • Grace and Courtesy
  • Observation
  • Addressing Responsive Behaviors
  • Independence
  • Developing Activities
  • Developing Roles
Montessori Activities
  • Presenting Montessori Activities
  • Demonstrations
  • Assessing Outcomes

Day 3 (6:00-9:00 p.m. EST)

Understanding Dementia and Memory
  • What is Dementia?
  • Types of Dementia
  • How Memory Works
  • Memory Books
Best Practices for Dementia Care
  • Personalized Assessments
  • Meaningful Engagement Plans
Best Practices for Dementia Care (continued)
  • Communication
  • Changes in Vision, Hearing, and More

Day 4 (6:00-9:00 p.m. EST)

Best Practices for Dementia Care
  • Evidence-Based Design
  • Environmental Barriers & Facilitators
Spaced Retrieval
  • Spaced Retrieval
  • Spaced Retrieval Case Studies
Putting Montessori into Action
  • Where to Begin?
  • Phases of Rollout
  • Creating an Action Plan
  • Next Steps