Course Overview

Course Overview

Course Overview

The Montessori Dementia Program is a 3-day course designed for family members, personal support workers, healthcare providers and volunteers who are supporting individuals living with early to mid-stage Dementia in their homes, adult day programs, assisted living or long term care homes. Taught by experienced Montessori and Dementia trainers, the course provides an alternative approach to caring for people living with Dementia.

Participants will learn from Montessori specialists about the key principles guiding the Montessori philosophy; independence according to one’s ability, the activites of daily living, the prepared environment, and the wide array of activities focused on achieving effective communication, maintaining cognitive abilities, and fostering cultural and creative interests.

Participants will also learn from Dementia specialists about the different types of Dementia, including Alzheimer’s disease. The trainer will discuss the typical symptoms that are expected as Dementia progresses and will address how to best defuse responsive behaviours that accompany each stage of Dementia.

Course Participants

Participants will learn how the Montessori philosophy and practices can be adapted to enhance the quality of life of people living with Dementia. The Montessori approach focuses on maintaining independence, cognitive  abilities and communication, and enhancing the well-being of people living with Dementia. Montessori based activities that provide opportunities for greater engagement and socialization will be presented.


  • 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 persa living 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.
  • The creation of 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 an extended period of independence for the person living with Dementia.

Course Calendar

Course Calendar

The course will be held over three Saturdays from 9.00 a.m. – 3.00 p.m.

12 Bannockburn Avenue

Toronto, Ontario

M5M 2M8

Upcoming 2019/2020 Dates:

  • Please note that pre-registration is required

March            7th,  14th and 21st , 2020

May               2nd,  9th, 16th , 2020

Course Fee


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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.