Course Overview

Course Overview

Course Overview

The Montessori Dementia Program has been developed by specialists in Montessori and Dementia care, providing the ‘best of both’ philosophies and disciplines. It presents a new way to think about and provide support.

Participants will learn from Montessori specialists about the Montessori principles of independence according to one’s ability and the benefits of the prepared environment.

Participants will also learn from dementia specialists about the different types of Dementia, including Alzheimer’s disease, and the typical symptoms that can be expected as the dementia progresses.

The course will provide opportunities for questions and discussion, including feedback from individual caregivers who have started to put their newly acquired skills and information into practice.

Course Participants

This course has been designed for family members, Personal Support Workers, and other care providers and volunteers who are supporting individuals living with early to mid-stage Dementia in their homes, in adult day programs, and in retirement and long term homes specialising in memory care.


  • To provide an alternative way to offer care and support to individuals living with Dementia that improves quality of life.
  • To provide skills that will assist the caregiver to create a more purposeful, dignified and independent life for those living with Dementia by encouraging them to be as independent as possible.
  • To provide proven Montessori methodologies and systems, that can be used to help individuals living with Dementia retain their procedural memories for as long as possible.
  • To communicate effectively with individuals living with Dementia.
  • To understand the importance of socialization and community for ongoing health and well-being, including resources.
  • To understand the responses that can emerge when the person with Dementia becomes agitated.

Learning Outcomes

  • A knowledge of the different types of Dementia.
  • How the Montessori method impacts the daily life of a person living with Dementia.
  • How observation skills are developed to better understand the person living with Dementia.
  • Create Montessori based systems for Dementia care that improves the quality of life for both the individual living with Dementia and the caregiver.
  • Develop specific systems that will provide opportunities and options for activities of daily living including recreation and social interactions.
  • How to modify systems as the disease progresses.
  • Develop skills that will enable the caregiver to anticipate and acknowledge responsive behaviours.
  • Understand an approach that enables a longer period of independence for the person living with Dementia.

Course Calendar

Course Calendar

The course will be held over three Saturdays from 9.00am – 3.00pm at:

Bannockburn School

12 Bannockburn Ave

Toronto, Ontario

Upcoming 2019 Dates:

June    8 / 15 / 22 , 2019

July     6 / 13 / 20 , 2019

August    10 / 17 / 24 , 2019

September    7 / 14 / 21 , 2019

October         5 / 19 / 26 , 2019

November     9 / 16 / 23 , 2019



The cost of the course is $300.00.

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Cancellation/Refund Policy
Montessori Dementia Program reserves the right to cancel the course due to insufficient numbers, no later than 14 days before the scheduled start date of the course. A full refund will be offered if Montessori Dementia Program cancels the course.

If an attendee cancels, notice must be received, in writing, no later than 14 days before the start date of the course. No refunds will be given after this date. An administration fee of $35.00 will apply to cancellations.