Montessori for Aging and Dementia

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!

The seminar will take place online on March 4, 11, 18, 25, 2024.

Schedule: 18.30 – 21.30 (Romanian time)

Price: 350 euro

Register by filling in this form.

Participants will receive an AMI certificate of participation at the end of the workshop.

To find out more about this workshop, we invite you to attend one of the free introductory meetings with Jennifer Brush. You can attend the meeting on 14 December 2023 or 19 January 2024 online between 19.00 and 20.00 (Romanian time). The introductory meetings are free of charge. Register here!

Photo source: Brush Development Company

During this workshop you will:

– 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 elders.
– See how an engaging life enrichment program transforms the culture of a long-term care center and ultimately frees up staff time dramatically.
– Be able to implement a simple tool for helping people with cognitive impairment participate in meaningful conversations.
– 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.

Family care givers, educators and health care professionals will learn about Montessori for Aging and Dementia, an innovative approach to care that enables individuals to care for themselves, others, and their community — bringing purpose and meaning to elders’ lives and increasing staff satisfaction significantly.  AMI certificate is available for this workshop.

Recommended reading for course: Montessori for Elder and Dementia Care by Jennifer A Brush, available through Health professions Press, Eurospan, and Amazon.

Day 1

Welcome and Introductions

Person-Centered Care

– What is Person-Centered Care?
– Person-Centered Engagement
– Person-Centered Assessments
– The Value of Roles

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
– Human Tendencies
– The Prepared Environment
– Grace and Courtesy

Day 2
Applying Montessori Methods to the Care Setting

– Observation
– Addressing Responsive Behaviors
– Well-Being

Applying Montessori Methods to the Care Setting

– Developing Activities
– Developing Roles
– Components of Activity & Role Write-ups


Montessori Activities

– Presenting Montessori Activities
– Demonstrations
– When it All Comes Together

Day 3

Understanding Dementia and Memory

– What is Dementia?
– Types of Dementia
– How Memory Works

Best Practices for Dementia Care

– Memory Books
– Communication


Best Practices for Dementia Care

– Personalized Assessments
– Meaningful Engagement Plans and Practice!

Day 4

Best Practices for Dementia Care

– Vision, Hearing and Other Changes Associated with Dementia
– Evidence-Based Design Guidelines and Strategies
– Environmental Barriers and Solutions

Best Practices for Dementia Care

– Flow of the Day
– ADLs the Montessori Way


Putting Montessori into Action

– Where to Begin?
– Phases of Rollout
– Creating an Action Plan
– Montessori Thought of the Week
– Questions & Next Steps for Certification


Jennifer Brush, MA/SLP is a Fulbright Specialist, researcher, award-winning dementia care author and healthcare consultant located in northeast Ohio. Jennifer also serves as Program Director, Montessori Education for Dementia St. Nicholas Montessori College Ireland. Jennifer is an inaugural member of the Association Montessori Internationale (AMI) Advisory Board for Montessori for Dementia and Aging. She was one of the first three AMI Certified Trainers for Montessori for Dementia and Aging in the world, as well as the first in the US.

Jennifer is the author of numerous research articles and several nationally recognized books on dementia including her latest book, Montessori for Elder and Dementia Care, published by Health Professions Press. Jennifer is widely known for her innovative work in the Spaced Retrieval memory intervention, pioneering this area of study in speech-language pathology and co-authoring two books on the subject.

Margaret Jarrell, M.Ed. is an Elementary Montessori teacher and consultant with over 20 years’ experience working with students, families, and educators.  She earned a bachelor’s degree in developmental psychology from Duke University and a master’s in education from Marymount University.  Margaret attained the Practitioner Certificate in Montessori for Aging and Dementia through the Association Montessori Internationale (AMI).  In addition to being an AMI Trainer, she works on a variety of projects for Brush Development Company, including training and coaching care partners and healthcare professionals who wish to implement Montessori practices in order to improve the quality of life for elders.  Margaret also serves as the Director for the Greenspring Center for Lifelong Learning. She lives in St. Petersburg, Florida with her family.

Mandy Cheskis, M.S., CCC/SLP, is passionate about providing quality healthcare to people living with dementia. She has over 30 years of professional experience working as a speech language pathologist with elders living in their homes, in skilled nursing facilities, and assisted living and personal care settings. She earned the AMI Practitioner Certificate in Montessori for Dementia and Ageing and is recognized as a Master Clinician in Cognitive Communication Deficits. She also serves as an educator and mentor in the field as a consultant and Project Manager for Brush Development. As a specialist in language and communication and swallowing disorders, Mandy is very sensitive to the needs of those living with dementia and is committed to preserving their abilities and maintaining pathways for meaningful connections. Through her work with Montessori for Dementia and Ageing, her goal is to allow them to maintain their personhood, noting that what at first seems impossible can become possible.