AGE – Advanced Gerontological Education

About AGE Inc.

AGE is a not-for-profit social enterprise in dementia education. Our curriculum gives care providers the knowledge, skills and confidence to deliver person-centred dementia care safely and effectively. Learn more about us in this video

AGE is about People

More than 420,000 healthcare staff & students coast to coast have participated in Gentle Persuasive Approaches (GPA), our dementia care curriculum. (Photo: GPA Certified Coach Workshop at Actionmarguerite in Winnipeg, MB)  Read testimonials

AGE is about Personhood

Did you know? Dementia is not a normal part of aging. It is a disease. Understanding the unique human being behind the disease is the first step in our person-centred approach to care. Download our GPA Fact Sheet

AGE is about Protection

Care providers can feel helpless and at risk in the care setting when faced with responsive behaviours. Our programs equip them with dementia care knowledge and skills that are immediately useful and instill lasting confidence. Register for dementia care education

AGE is about Best Practice

Our GPA dementia care curriculums combine best practices, empirically tested behavioural strategies and current evidence-based research. (Photo: Aberdeen Gardens Retirement Residence in Hamilton, Ontario) Learn more about our programs

AGE is about Progress

We offer dementia education in convenient, flexible formats for individuals and groups: independent eLearning, blended learning  & traditional or virtual classroom learning.

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Featured News & Updates

Thoughts on leading during a pandemic by April Morganti, AGE Executive Director

Read our latest blog and share your own experiences. What have you learned during this pandemic? Read April’s blog here.

How to facilitate GPA safely? Clear guidance from AGE for resuming in-person GPA education sessions

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News & Announcements

6 Things I’ve Learned about Leading in a Pandemic

December 31, 2020

Latest AGE Blog, by April Morganti, AGE Executive Director. There are no books we can reach for as leaders to help guide teams in this pandemic. As a Licensed Crucial Conversations® practitioner and cognitive coach, it has helped to use... Learn More »

GPA’s person-centred approach to dementia care cited in article by BC Care Providers Association

December 7, 2020

GPA Mentioned in Article by British Columbia (BC) Care Providers Association: Best Practices in Dementia Care: Guidelines for Staffing and Physical Environment in Long-Term Care. An excerpt from the article … “Along with changes to the physical environment, another fundamental element... Learn More »

Pilot Project: GPA for Informal Caregivers mentioned in 2020 Annual Report to Parliament …

November 9, 2020

“A Dementia Strategy for Canada: Together We Achieve,” 2020 Annual Report to Canada’s Parliament mentions the latest Gentle Persuasive Approaches (GPA) pilot project on implementing GPA for informal (unpaid/family/friends) caregivers. This project, in partnership with the Alzheimer Society of New Brunswick... 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 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 Aging speaks about GPA

Nouveau! GPA est maintenant disponible en français : Approches Douces et Persuasives (ADP) dans les soins aux personnes atteintes de démence. Regardez la vidéo pour en apprendre plus.

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.