Forum 2 Friday morning 11.30 – 13.00

Jennifer Brush: Montessori and Intergenerational care 

Intergenerational programs provide older adults with opportunities to express care and concern towards the younger individuals, contributing to the overall well-being of older adults. In addition, most older adults have years of experience as parents and teachers that they share with their own children and grandchildren, and researchers have shown that these roles are preserved in elders with dementia. The Montessori Program for Aging and Dementia enables the older adults to maintain their roles and their identity throughout the full course of their life by experiencing an environment that is adapted to support memory loss and sensory impairment. This presentation will discuss a pilot study that evaluated an intergenerational Montessori program for older adults with mild cognitive impairment.  Special considerations for the needs of elders with dementia and the different ways to approach such a program will be discussed.  During the session, participants will be encouraged to share their experiences with such programming and to develop some activity ideas that are appreciate for international engagement.

Jennifer Brush, MA, CCC/SLP is an award-winning Dementia Educator, author and consultant. Jennifer serves on the Association Montessori International (AMI) Advisory Board for Montessori for Aging and Dementia and is the only AMI Certified Educator for Montessori for Aging and Dementia in the US. Jennifer is the author of 6 books on dementia and is widely known for her innovative work in the Spaced Retrieval memory intervention, pioneering this area of study in speech-language pathology and publishing 2 books on the subject.