From Can't to Can Do: Montessori for Dementia and Ageing, Finland

If you are looking for ways to transform your elder care community to an environment of joy and purpose, you’ve come to the right place! We’ll show you how to create an environment where older adults can flourish!

In 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.

During the course you’ll:

  • Learn 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 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

When you take this workshop you earn a Certificate of Completion from the Association Montessori Internationale. You will then be qualified to further your study by enrolling in the Practitioner Certification Course for Montessori for Dementia and Ageing with Jennifer Brush. The AMI Practitioner Certification is 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 Brush, MA, CCC/SLP is an award-winning Dementia Educator, consultant, researcher, and author of 6 books. She has nearly 30 years of industry experience, including leading countless live national and international trainings and facilitating ground-breaking research. Jennifer is the only AMI Certified Educator for Montessori for Dementia and Ageing in the US.  

For more information contact: [email protected]

Thursday, March 25, 2021 - 08:30 to 16:30
Friday, March 26, 2021 - 08:30 to 15:00
Venue TBA Helsinki
Finland