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.

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

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

Posted on: July 29, 2013 by

Three Ways to Talk to People Living with Alzheimer’s

For people living with Alzheimer’s it is often difficult, if not impossible, to begin a conversation or engage with another… Continue Reading

Posted on: July 19, 2013 by

Lift Every Voice

When we first met Jeannie, she was absolutely furious that her son had “dumped” her in the memory enhancement center.… Continue Reading

Posted on: July 9, 2013 by

Love in the Time of Dementia

When we first met him, he had been living in the locked dementia ward for almost a year. The staff… Continue Reading

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