Montessori Philosophy for People Living with Dementia
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Have you wondered what the Montessori philosophy is and how it applies to older adults with dementia? In this episode, we talk with Jennifer Brush, MA, CCC-SLP, the director of the only approved Association Montessori International training center for Montessori and dementia in the U.S., about how to apply the Montessori philosophy to person-centered interventions for people living with dementia.

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(02:44) Key Learning Points
(04:06) Montessori with Older Adults 
(07:16) Experience Implementing Montessori
(08:50) Montessori for Aging and Dementia
(11:41) Principle: The Prepared Environment
(13:03) Principle: Freedom of Movement
(14:36) Principle: Hands-on Activity
(16:27) Principle: Intrinsic Motivation
(18:30) Principle: Concentration
(20:20) Principle: Independence
(22:50) Principle: Mixed Abilities of Individuals
(25:03) Principle: Individualized Engagement
(26:28) Principle: Observation
(28:09) Principle: Grace and Courtesy
(29:36) Implementation in a Care Community
(33:35) Engaging Care Community Staff
(37:27) Independence Within the Community
(39:03) Example of a Prepared Space
(42:01) Visualizing a Community That Integrates Montessori
(47:16) Supporting Individuals’ Roles
(51:42) Selecting and Organizing Supplies
(53:52) Benefits for Older Adults
(54:41) Person-Centered Care
(55:59) Communication with Team Members
(58:53) Example
(01:00:38) Recommendations
(01:02:14) Conclusion 

The content for this course was created by Jennifer Brush, MA/CCC-SLP.

This course was reviewed by Relias staff writer Susan Almon-Matangos, MS/CCC-SLP.

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