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Montessori for ageing and dementia

The Maria Montessori Institute is proud to present, for the first time in the UK, a unique event: a two-day workshop showing how the knowledge and practical wisdom of Montessori can be used to better the lives of those who have dementia.

The goal of the Montessori programme is to support people living with dementia by preparing an environment that enables them to care for themselves, others, and their community. This innovative approach, which is gaining momentum in Australia, the US, and now being introduced here, can be adopted for individuals or groups, and used at home as well as in residential care settings and hospitals.

The Montessori approach enhances quality of life for those with dementia by creating a setting in which they can succeed. Individuals are given roles, routines and activities tailored to their abilities, enabling them to be as independent as possible and to have a meaningful place within their community, resulting in positive outcomes for both the older adult and those who care for them.

Louise Livingston, Director of Training at the Maria Montessori Institute, which trains Montessori teachers, said:

‘For many years Montessori has been supporting children to become confident, creative and independent individuals who are well-prepared for life. If this works for children from birth to adolescence, it seems natural to extend the approach to the elderly. What is being achieved using this approach in care homes is astounding.’

Lynne Phair, Renowned Independent Consultant Nurse and Expert Witness for Older People, author of ‘Adult Safeguarding – a care leader’s guide’:

‘When I visited care facilities in Australia and witnessed how Montessori methods were changing the lives of people with dementia, I could not believe it! I am very excited that we are, for the first time, bringing Montessori dementia care to the UK.’

When:             Wednesday 17th and Thursday 18th January 2018   

                                    9.00am – 5.00pm

Where:                        Maria Montessori Institute

                                    41 Riding House Street

                                    London W1W 7BE

Contact:                      Jethryn Hall

                                    Public Liaison, Maria Montessori Institute

                                    0207 435 3646

                                    info@mariamontessori.org        

                                    www.mariamontessori.org

                                    Facebook:  MariaMontessoriInstitute1

                                    Instagram: montessorimmi

                                    Twitter: montessoriMMI

The workshop will also be held in Ashbourne, Derbyshire. 

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