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Tom and Karen Brenner train family members, professional caregivers and medical staff in the use of cutting edge interventions for persons who have dementia and Alzheimer’s. The Brenners use the Montessori Method as the foundation for their evidence based memory support program. This program uses the five senses, muscle memory and spiritual engagement to maintain connections for persons with memory loss.

Tom is presently involved in creating programs for older men with memory loss. Tom and Karen also collect stories from the older persons with whom they work. They write these stories in large print (for ease of reading) and then use them in an Elder Reading Group, a technique they have developed to encourage reminiscence and socialization for older persons. The Brenners also film elders sharing their favorite stories in Video Diaries. They often accompany these stories with music and films of still photographs from the person’s life. Through their work with elders, Tom and Karen have come to understand that everyone, EVERYONE, has a great story inside of them!

Tom Brenner, MA

Tom Brenner

Tom 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 Illinios Community Care Project. With his wife, Karen, Tom is the co-founder of the consulting and educational company, Brenner Pathways. In this capacity, Tom has presented seminars and workshops for the Alzheimer’s Association, The Gerontological Society of America, The American Society on Aging, The University of Illinois Medical School, The American Montessori National Conference and many other organizations. Tom has written for and been published in magazines and journals both in the US and abroad.

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Karen Brenner, MA

Karen Brenner

Karen Brenner

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.

Karen is a published writer and an on air writer and presenter for Chicago Public Radio.

She recently won an award from the Professional Journalism Society of Chicago for her writing for the radio program, 848.
To hear Karen read her story written for the radio about the Brenners’ work with persons who have Alzheimer’s, go to this link:

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