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Tom and Karen Brenner

Tom Brenner holds an MA in Gerontology and has been working as a trainer, writer and consultant in the field of aging for many years. Tom is a trainer and researcher for the State of Illinois, Department on Aging. He also trains caregivers and case managers in the Illinois Community Care Project. Karen Brenner has worked in the field of education for 30 years as a teacher and administrator. She co-founded Montessori schools in the Chicago area, one of which specializes in the education of children who are deaf or communication disordered. Tom and Karen are authors of the book "You Say Goodbye and We Say Hello: The Montessori Method for Positive Dementia Care". Where they help people living with dementia, their families and caregivers navigate this challenging condition using techniques first developed by Maria Montessori.

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Posted on: December 18, 2013 by

A Gift for All Seasons

In this time of giving, we are reminded of all of the wonderful gifts that people living with dementia have… Continue Reading

Thanksgiving at Nanny’s house. Mama is standing and holding me. I am eighteen months old. My older sister, Gwenny, is sitting at the head of the children’s table.

Posted on: November 19, 2013 by

Over the River and Through the Woods

I stood watching as she dropped spoonfuls of dumpling dough into the boiling water. “Gosh, you make that look so… Continue Reading

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Posted on: October 1, 2013 by

In the Age of Bountiful

When you are paying attention, you can really learn a lot. But you have to be willing to really look,… Continue Reading

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Posted on: September 13, 2013 by

The Up Side of Down

Things are really bad: really, really, really bad. That is the steady drum beat of depressing news; wars and rumors… Continue Reading

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Posted on: August 13, 2013 by

Look Up! Mindful Dementia Care

We don’t often enjoy perfect weather in Chicago; it tends to be freezing, howling cold or muggy, stupefying heat. This… Continue Reading

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