AGE – Advanced Gerontological Education

About AGE

By 2030, 75.6 million people worldwide will be living with dementia. Demands on healthcare providers will be staggering. Will your organization’s care providers have the appropriate knowledge, skills and confidence in person-centred dementia care?

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AGE is about People

A non-funded not-for-profit social enterprise, we are a leader in innovative, evidence-based dementia education and services 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 disease 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 the 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 & Updates

AGE AS A SOCIAL ENTERPRISE | The business of being social. What does it mean? Why does it matter? And how is it helping AGE meet its mission. Read our latest blog.


Congratulations Parkview Services for Seniors on your 2016 | 2017 GPA Leadership Award of Excellence in Person-Centred Care award. Kudos to the entire team! Read more here

News & Announcements

Spotlight on GPA Award Winner, Parkview Services for Seniors

July 13, 2018

Congratulations Parkview Services for Seniors, winner of a 2016 | 2017 GPA Leadership Excellence in Person-Centred Care award. “GPA builds strong positive relationships between residents and staff and instills confidence in staff’s abilities working with residents,” says Maria Wittenbols, Program Aid and... Learn More »

AGE as a Social Enterprise | Meeting a need that serves the greater good

July 10, 2018

For organizations thinking about becoming a social enterprise, we hope this blog is helpful. For those unfamiliar with the term, a social enterprise is an organization that uses a for-profit business model to achieve very specific social objectives. These objectives... Learn More »

Spotlight on GPA Award Winner, St. Louis Adult Learning & Continuing Education Centres

July 5, 2018

Congratulations St. Louis Adult Learning Centres, winner of a 2016 | 2017 GPA Leadership Excellence in Person-Centred Care award. It seems that GPA is a favourite class for students! Learn more Gentle Persuasive Approaches in Dementia Care (GPA®) GPA is a... 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.