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, MMI 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).Programme
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 offered at other AMI centres worldwide

A comprehensive approach to the Montessori method in aged care. The whole workshop was fantastic, a wonderful opportunity to be part of.

The information I received can be applied with my elderly father immediately. I understand and respect where he is coming from, and communicate in a more respectful way.

The concept of Montessori as applied to ageing is groundbreaking! …presentation was clear and passionate – …made the correlation well. It was a vivid and well-organised meeting. Kudos!

UK Workshops
Next workshop dates TBA


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

Registration is now closed.