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. This approach supports 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.

The Maria Montessori Institute is offering two-day workshops that focus on the Montessori for Ageing and Dementia programme, as established by the Association Montessori Internationale (AMI).

The Montessori approach enhances the quality of life for people living with dementia. It creates an environment in which individuals can do as much for themselves and others as possible, rather than having thing done to or for them.

By developing meaningful roles, routines and activities tailored to each individual, this approach allows each person to be as independent as possible and enjoy an enriched life.

This two day workshop will focus on creating 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 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.


UK Workshops
2019 dates TBC

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.

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: The Guardian – Could the Montessori method help people with dementia?