Podcast: Tom and Karen Brenner Untangle Reaching the Unreachable

Authors Tom and Karen Brenner

By Marianne Sciucco

Welcome back to the podcast! In this episode we meet Tom and Karen Brenner, a couple with a passion to help those with dementia and their families connect on a meaningful level. Both bring their professional experience to their work. Tom is a gerontologist who specializes in creating dementia care programs that are strength-based and positive leaning. Karen is a Montessori educator who co-founded a Montessori school for children who are deaf. They have worked together for the past twenty years researching and implementing the application of the Montessori Method to dementia care.

Book CoversAfter years of working directly with people living with dementia and their caregivers, they have published two books about their work: The Montessori Method for Connecting to People with Dementia, and You Say Goodbye and We Say Hello: The Montessori Method for Positive Dementia Care.

Based in Chicago, they travel throughout the United States presenting workshops, training programs, and speaking engagements about their uplifting and positive approach to dementia care.

In this episode, we discuss the beauty of being in the moment, how to change the conversation around dementia, and practical methods to reach people who may seem unreachable.



After the Podcast

Read the Brenner’s AlzAuthors posts

Tom and Karen Brenner write, You Say Goodbye and We Say Hello: The Montessori Method for Positive Dementia Care

Tom and Karen Brenner Write 2nd Book: The Montessori Method for Connecting to People with Dementia

Purchase the books

You Say Goodbye and We Say Hello: The Montessori Method for Positive Dementia Care

The Montessori Method for Connecting to People with Dementia

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Connect with Tom & Karen

Email: tandkbrenner@gmail.com
Twitter: @BrennerPathways


Dr. Cameron Camp and the Center for Applied Research in Dementia


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