A place where everyone
can contribute and learn

The National Center for Montessori and Aging is a ground-breaking collaboration between Crossway Community and dementia care expert, Jennifer Brush.  Our intergenerational approach values every generation for their unique contributions.

Through this new initiative, we are offering:

Center for Montessori and Aging Workshops

Workshops

Hands-on educational programs for healthcare professionals and families who want to apply the Montessori approach to aging and dementia

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Volunteer

Opportunities for elders living with memory loss volunteer in safe, engaging, meaningful ways with young children who attend our Montessori school

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Learning Lab

A learning laboratory for families and healthcare professionals to experience specially designed home and activity spaces that support enable elder independence

The National Center for Montessori and Aging will bring elders with dementia, children, and healthcare professionals together in a supportive learning environment.  The children benefit from the wisdom and life experiences of the older generations, and elders with dementia will be empowered to live a meaningful life.  Families will be able to experience an optimal environment for people with dementia and learn now to make the adaptations on their homes.  Check back for more information - We are currently designing new, cutting-edge spaces that will allow multiple generations to learn and grow together, creating a powerfully innovative approach aging.


Volunteer

Opportunities coming soon!

Life shouldn’t stop because you have dementia.  Share your life experience by reading, playing, and creating with small children in a center especially designed to support you if you are an elder with mild memory loss.  We will have daily activity, gardening and art space that inspires all ages.

Workshops

Be a leader in the field of aging.  Study with our faculty of international experts in Montessori and dementia, and improve your dementia program by learning how to implement our innovative approach in your home or health care setting. Our workshops are approved by the National Certification Council for Activity Professionals.

Register for upcoming workshops:

 

Free Webinars

Caregiving & Dementia:
Understanding Responsive Behaviors

A two-part series developed by The National Center for Montessori and Aging and 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.
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  • 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.
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Jennifer Brush, Center for Montessori Aging

Jennifer Brush, MA,CCC/SLP
Program Director

An award-winning dementia educator, researcher, and author, Jennifer is on a mission to focus care on the preferences, interests and abilities of each elder. Passionate about enriching the lives of people with dementia, she has 25 years of industry experience. Jennifer has led national and international trainings, facilitated ground-breaking research, and is thrilled to manage innovative person-centered care projects, like the newest one at Crossway Community. Jennifer serves on the Association Montessori International Advisory Board for Montessori for Aging and Dementia, and is the author of five nationally recognized books on dementia.  

 
Ann Byrne, Center for Montessori Aging

Ann Byrne
Deputy Director

A regional leader in the development and management of excellence in early childhood education and, Ann Byrne has given two decades of service guiding the direction of family-focused Montessori programming at Crossway Community. A frequent speaker and consultant to community-based organizations, Ann is a leading voice in best practice and administration of the highest quality Montessori programs.

 
Kathleen Guinan, Center for Montessori Aging

Kathleen Guinan
CEO

A pioneer for social justice, Montessori education, and community organizing, Kathleen Guinan, CEO of Crossway Community, co-founded Zaccheaus Kitchen and Rachel’s Women’s Center. Kathleen helped to establish Crossway Community in 1990, as an entrepreneurial nonprofit organization working to empower families and strengthen the community. The organization has grown to integrate Montessori philosophy into a school for infants to school-aged children, an intergenerational learning center, organic gardens, and an apartment community. Kathleen’s stewardship of the Family Leadership Academy pioneered a two-generational approach to education.