About AGE

By 2030, 75.6 million people worldwide will be living with dementia.* Demands on healthcare providers will be staggering.

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AGE is about People

A not-for-profit social enterprise, we are a leader in innovative, evidence-based dementia education for healthcare providers across disciplines, sectors and settings.

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AGE is about Personhood

Who am I? Understanding the unique human being behind the face is the first step in our person-centred approach to care.

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AGE is about Protection & Gentle Redirection

Fear. Anger. Distress. Care providers in the dementia context often feel helpless and at risk. Our programs transfer knowledge and skills to instill lasting confidence.

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AGE is about Best Practice

Practice and progress go hand in hand. Now in its 3rd edition, our Gentle Persuasive Approaches (GPA®) in Dementia Care education enhances the culture of care through each person it touches.

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AGE is about Progress

Progress demands that practice and programs be evaluated in context, across settings, over time. AGE Research & Evaluation service is available to all organizations who implement GPA.

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Featured News

Last Chance! GPA Leadership in Person-Centred Care Awards of Excellence!

Time’s running out! AGE is recognizing organizations that showed exceptional commitment to GPA implementation in 2016. Apply by April 30th. Review PDF before applying. Applications accepted online here

AGE Presenting at Alzheimer’s Disease International Conference, Kyoto, Japan

AGE is presenting our pilot findings from our new online GPA eLearning curriculum carried out through cohorts from Ryerson/George Brown/Centennial College Collaborative Nursing programs. “Evaluation of an Online Dementia-Specific Education Intervention in a Baccalaureate Collaborative Nursing Degree Program.” Presented by Dr. Kristine Newman, Ryerson University. Poster available online soon. Visit our Research Page for more information.

 

News & Announcements

AGE Presenting at Alzheimer’s Disease International Conference, Kyoto, Japan

April 26, 2017

AGE is presenting our pilot findings from our new online GPA eLearning curriculum carried out through cohorts from Ryerson/George Brown/Centennial College Collaborative Nursing programs. “Evaluation of an Online Dementia-Specific Education Intervention in a Baccalaureate Collaborative Nursing Degree Program.” Presented by Dr. Kristine Newman, Ryerson University. Poster available online soon. Visit our Research Page for more information.

AGE Presented at 2017 Canadian Frailty Network (CFN) National Conference: Managing Behaviours Associated with Dementia. Effects of an Educational Intervention

An increasing number of people with dementia are presenting to Emergency Departments with behavioural and psychological symptoms of dementia (BPSD). These environments can trigger or intensify BPSD, yet not all ED staff are trained to manage BPSD. AGE presented our findings from our GEM Nurse Study at the 2017 CFN Conference. Our findings show that GPA education and training bridged a knowledge gap and improved Emergency Department staff self-efficacy and competence when responding to dementia and BPSD. Learn More! Download our poster.

GPA eLearning!

April 24, 2017

GPA eLearning is designed for healthcare students and healthcare providers in remote areas who have no access to Gentle Persuasive Approaches to Dementia Care education sessions. Group discounts available. Learn more

NOTE: Please refer to GPA Coach information page for certification prerequisites. Supporting documents must be uploaded at registration. Participation at a GPA Education Session is now a prerequisite for GPA Certified Coach Training. If you have not participated in a GPA Education Session within the last 24 months, please contact info@ageinc.ca for information on how to access prior to attending the GPA Coach Training Workshop.

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Enhancing the care of older adults by learning together

The first step in our patient-centred approach to care is understanding the whole person.

Dr. Samir Sinha. Expert lead of the Ontario Seniors Strategy and founding Co-Chair of the Advisory Board for Canada's National Institute on Ageing speaks about GPA

In collaboration with AGE and multiple educational partners, including the Division of Geriatric Medicine at McMaster University, a new geriatric curriculum has been launched – the Geriatric Certificate Program (GCP). Click here for more information.

A Tribute to our Past: The GPA Legacy Rose

The cradled rose is an element from our original Gentle Persuasive Approaches logo. It represents our belief in a gentle, nurturing and respectful response to caring for older persons. Although our logo has evolved over time, our approach remains firmly rooted in person-centred care.

“Change your opinions, keep to your principles; change your leaves, keep intact your roots.”

– Victor Hugo

Photo credit: Gardener Hands. Photographer: Lesleigh Bahnmaier, Lenexa, Kansas.
Photo used with permission from the Landon Center on Aging “Images of Aging” photo contest © University of Kansas Medical Centre.