Shows care communities how to create a team that integrates the Montessori philosophy throughout daily life and successfully promotes elders' functional skills, independence, and identity. Based on her years as a researcher, clinician, and educator, Jennifer Brush clearly explains the concepts behind this highly person-centered approach.
Written by an international Montessori and dementia expert, this indispensable guide to Montessori for elders makes it possible for any care provider to understand and implement this innovative approach to aging.
Jennifer Brush shows care communities how to create and sustain a team that integrates the Montessori philosophy throughout daily life and successfully promotes elders' functional skills, independence, and identity. Based on her years as a researcher, clinician, and educator, Brush clearly explains the concepts behind this highly person-centered approach, how to create a prepared environment, and how to increase levels of life engagement for older adults.
Filled with helpful advice, forms, and ready-to-use activities, this thorough guide is essential in implementing the Montessori philosophy with elders or people living with dementia.
If you want your residents, families, and staff to be participating in purpose-driven, meaningful days, this is the book for you."
- Bonnie Burman, ScD, President, The Ohio Council for Cognitive Health and former CEO, The Pioneer Network
"Working with Jennifer was a game changer for our community. Her expertise, depth of knowledge, and graciousness guided us into the Montessori philosophy and has forever changed the way we support our elders living with dementia. This book is an exceptional resource to all who want to see elders living rich, meaningful, and purposeful lives."
– Laura Roy, CEO, Lutheran Senior Life, Passavant Community
Jennifer Brush, MA, CCC-SLP, is the Director of Brush Development, USA and the Program Director, Montessori Education for Dementia, St, Nicholas Montessori College, Dun Laoghaire, Ireland. Jennifer serves on the Association Montessori Internationale (AMI) Advisory Board for Montessori for Aging and Dementia and she is the only AMI Certified Trainer of Trainers for Montessori for Aging and Dementia in the US. Jennifer is the co-author of several nationally recognized books on dementia including Creative Connections in Dementia Care, Spaced Retrieval Step by Step and Environment and Communication Assessment Toolkit.