AGE – Advanced Gerontological Education

About AGE

AGE is a not-for-profit social enterprise in dementia education. We give care providers the knowledge, skills and confidence to deliver person-centred care safely and effectively. (Photo: AGE Executive Director visiting long-term care in China.)

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AGE is about People

More than 360,000 healthcare staff & students have participated in Gentle Persuasive Approaches (GPA), our dementia care curriculum. (Photo: GPA-Recharged, a knowledge and skills refresher, St. Peter’s Hospital, Hamilton, ON)

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AGE is about Personhood

Dementia is not an 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.

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AGE is about Protection

Dementia care workers often feel helpless and at risk. We equip them with knowledge and skills that are immediately useful and instill lasting confidence.

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AGE is about Best Practice

Our dementia care curriculum combines best practices, empirically tested behavioural strategies and current evidence-based research. (Photo: Practising GPA. Halton Healthcare, ON)

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AGE is about Progress

We offer flexible dementia-care learning formats: in-classroom, online and blended learning. (Photo: GPA Certified Coach Training. Rankin Inlet, Nunavut)

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Featured News & Updates

Congratulations Hamilton Health Sciences

Overall Highest Score Across Sectors earned with Distinction! Read the award profile to learn more about HHS’s success with GPA.

GPA-Recharged

A 2-hour dementia care knowledge & skills refresher  for those who have taken GPA Basics or iGPA. Learn more

News & Announcements

AGE Recognition Awards. Congratulations Hamilton Health Sciences

November 12, 2019

Hamilton Health Sciences (HHS) achieved the highest score overall in the 2018 | 2019 AGE Recognition Awards. These awards recognize the commitment of organizations that have implemented Gentle Persuasive Approaches (GPA) dementia education for staff with extraordinary effort and outcomes.... Learn More »

Hot off the Press! AGE Annual Report

October 16, 2019

Caring for the care provider is the theme of this year’s Annual Report. A new curriculum, new products, new partners, new people.. It’s been a busy year. Read it here: http://bit.ly/2oHUrfM

Who received a 2018 | 2019 AGE Recognition Award? Watch our video to find out.

October 8, 2019

Drum roll please! Our Executive Director, April Morganti, announces this years recipients. Watch the video.

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 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.