AGE – Advanced Gerontological Education

About AGE

In 15 years, 937,000 Canadians will be living with dementia. Will Canada’s care providers have the knowledge, skills and confidence to help them? AGE is working to make sure they do …

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AGE is about People

A not-for-profit social enterprise, AGE is 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. AGE’s 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 curriculum 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

Storytelling can drive culture change

How is GPA making a difference in your care setting? Send your story and photos to

Gentle Persuasive Approaches (GPA) mentioned in Canada's First Dementia Strategy.

The Strategy highlights our partnership in dementia education with the Government of Nunavut and GPA Certified Coach Diane Thomas. Learn more about GPA in Nunavut here.  Read the Strategy document here.

News & Announcements

RNAO recommends GPA as a Best Practice for Protecting Care Providers at the point of care!

July 18, 2019

We’re so pleased! the Registered Nurses’ Association of Ontario’s latest Workplace Violence Prevention Best Practice Guidelines recommend GPA dementia education as a BP for teaching care providers how to respond safely & effectively to responsive behaviours. Access the new RNAO... Learn More »

Release of the BSO Dementia Observation System (BSO-DOS©) Working Group

June 19, 2019

AGE Research & Development Chair, Lori Schindel Martin, co-chaired an inter professional working group building a new standardized version of the DOS. The tool, piloted in eight health care organizations across Ontario, records direct observation of responsive behaviour. In addition,... Learn More »

Gentle Persuasive Approaches (GPA) mentioned in Canada’s First Dementia Strategy

The Strategy Highlights our partnership in dementia education with The Government of Nunavut & GPA Certified Coach Diane Graham. Learn more about the Strategy here. Read about GPA in Nunavut here.

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.