Montessori Method and Person Centered Care


Caring for a person with dementia or Alzheimer's disease can be fraught with frustration, but it also can be rewarding in ways that may surprise a Caregiver.

Getting to those rewarding moments is the subject of Tom and Karen's upcoming webinar. Learn how the application of the Montessori Method can deepen and expand Person Centered Care. For instance, presenting a patient with several bundles of fresh herbs may jog long buried memories. With no goading at all -- just presentation of something as simple as fresh herbs, a dementia patient known for his difficult behavior melts into a gentle soul reminiscing about his mother's garden.

Another patient immediately connected with a fishing tackle box containing interesting lures and bobbers in varying sizes. This gentleman who had always been extremely withdrawn began to come out of his shell the moment his eye caught the box and its contents. Suddenly, the emptiness in his eyes was replaced by joy and a sense of connection.

Great value lies in using sensory cues to unlock memories that may otherwise never reach the surface. Join Tom and Karen on October 27th and explore how simple techniques and memory care activities can create a positive environment and deepen the connection between caregivers and clients.

You will learn:

  • A new and innovative approach to dementia care
  • Practical application of the Montessori Method for Personal Centered Care
  • Simple ideas and exercises your caregivers can use

About the Presenters:

Tom and Karen Brenner are researchers, consultants, educators, and writers who have published a book about their work: You Say Goodbye and We Say Hello: The Montessori Method for Positive Dementia Care. Tom is a gerontologist who works as a Community Care Program Specialist for the Department on Aging. Karen was a Montessori educator and is now a writer. The Brenners have combined their expertise and experience to form Brenner Pathways, a consulting and educational company. They are also contributing writers for the Alzheimer's Reading Room and The Fisher Center for Alzheimer's Research Foundation.