Montessori for Dementia and Ageing (MDA)

Montessori for Dementia and Ageing (MDA) is an innovative approach to dementia care that can be adopted for individuals or groups as a philosophy of care. The goal of the Montessori programme is to support people living with dementia by creating a prepared environment, filled with cues and memory supports, that enables individuals to care for themselves, others, and their community.

For the first time in the UK, the Maria Montessori Institute is offering two-day workshops that will focus on the Montessori for Ageing and Dementia programme criteria, as established by the Association Montessori Internationale (AMI).

The Montessori approach enhances quality of life for people living with dementia by creating an environment in which they can succeed. Roles, routines and activities are developed for each individual, which are meaningful to that person – giving each person the opportunity to enjoy an enriched life through independence and meaningful engagement. Individuals do as much for themselves and others as possible, rather than having things done to them or for them.

The programme will be delivered in a 2-day workshop format. Participants will learn to create meaningful activities and roles by:

  • Focusing on the person, not the dementia
  • Matching strengths and abilities with personal history
  • Fostering social connections and friendships
  • Developing routines that build confidence and self-esteem
  • Providing cues, prompts, materials and templates to support the person’s memory loss

A more detailed description of the workshop programme is available here.

The workshops will be presented by Anne Kelly, a Montessorian Dementia Consultant from Australia, and participants will receive handouts and a certificate of completion from AMI.

from participants of previous MDA workshops

“Really engaging, loved the videos of real people…the simplicity of ideas which can make a real difference. I also really liked the research evidence included.”

“It changed my way of seeing dementia.”

“An incredible positive journey through optimism and possibilities, through a philosophy that deeply corresponds to my feelings. I feel so charged. I met so many interesting people, the atmosphere of the group was respectful and well intentioned, challenging.”

“Passionate presenter – very experienced, lots of stories, but able to demonstrate underlying research and science.”

In the News
“The Montessori philosophy is about enabling people, whereas traditionally if a nurse thinks you need something, they’ll do it for you. This is turning our world on its head”, says Lynne Phair, an Independent Consultant Nurse with over 40 years experience

Read more in a recently published article in The Guardian: Could the Montessori method help people with dementia?

UK Workshops
Monday 23rd and Tuesday 24th July 2018
9:00am – 5:00pm
Flybe Training Academy, Exeter International Airport, Exeter, Devon EX5 2LJ

Thursday 26th and Friday 27th July 2018
9:00am – 5:00pm
Maria Montessori Institute, 41 Riding House Street, London W1W 7BE

Standard Fee: £290
Early Bird Fee: £260 (available until 31st May 2018)

Tea/Coffee during breaks and a light lunch will be provided

Click here to Register for a Workshop

Montessori for Dementia and Ageing Certification: If you have already attended a Montessori for Dementia and Ageing (MDA) Workshop in the UK and would like to register for the certification, please click here for further information and to apply.