Caregiving & Dementia: Understanding Responsive Behaviors is a two-part series developed by Jennifer Brush, Program Director, The National Center for Montessori and Aging at Crossway Community, in partnership with Montgomery County Maryland’s Caregiver Support Program. These short presentations introduce the concept of purposeful engagement for people living with cognitive impairment and provide effective guidance for the caregiver when faced with behavior challenges. The easy to implement suggestions integrate Montessori for Aging principles with dementia care best practices research.
Part 1 - Introduces challenges associated with dementia, approaches that can support purposeful engagement in the home, and how caregivers can better understand the unique capacity of their loved one. Click here to view
Part 2 – Provides practical guidance on how to establish a planned home environment that is person centered, with opportunities for the person living with dementia to participate in activities they enjoy and contribute to their home community. Click here to view