Program Director, Montessori Education for Dementia
Jennifer Brush, MA, CCC/SLP is a Fulbright Specialist, and an award-winning dementia care author and consultant. She serves as Program Director, Montessori Education for Dementia St. Nicholas Montessori College in Dún Laoghaire, Co. Dublin, Ireland. Jennifer is a member of the Association Montessori Internationale (AMI) Advisory Board for Montessori for Aging and Dementia and she is the only AMI Certified Trainer for Montessori for Aging and Dementia both in the US and in Ireland. 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.
The Next Plane of Montessori Education
An innovative program at St. Nicholas Montessori College combines the fields of Montessori, psychology, cognitive science, and gerontology to prepare students to engage with individuals in the next plane of development. This presentation will provide examples of how to apply the Montessori philosophy to meet the unique needs of elders and people living with dementia. Reflections, observations, and real-life examples will be provided to illustrate how Montessori professionals can draw on and adapt Montessori core principles to improve the quality of life of the elderly.