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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
The workshop will also be held in Ashbourne, Derbyshire.