AGE – Advanced Gerontological Education

About AGE Inc.

AGE is a not-for-profit social enterprise. Our Gentle Persuasive Approaches (GPA) dementia-care curriculum gives care providers the knowledge, skills and confidence they need to work with persons living with this disease.  Watch our video to learn more.

AGE is about People

More than 450,000 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

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 often feel helpless and at risk. Our dementia care curriculum equips them with knowledge and skills that instill lasting confidence. Read this team’s story about resilience at the point of care during the pandemic. (Photo: Halton Region, Team from Milton Adult Day Program & Allendale LTC, Milton, Ontario.) 

AGE is about Practice

Our dementia care curriculums combine best practices, empirically tested behavioural strategies and current evidence-informed research. Visit our research page to learn more. (Photo: Aberdeen Gardens Retirement Residence in Hamilton, Ontario.) 

AGE is about Progress

There’s more than one way to do GPA! Choose in-person  learning, virtual learning, a combination of the two, or independent GPA eLearning (ideal for students). For every GPA format there’s a virtual option! Watch our video to learn more. (Photo on PC: A virtual GPA Certified Coach Workshop in 2021)

Featured News & Updates

AGE Recognition Awards

The 2020 | 2021 awards celebrated resilience. We invited GPA Certified Coaches to send us their stories of resilience at the point of care during the pandemic. Read this story from a team at Halton Region.

10th Anniversary of our partnership in dementia education with Sheridan College

Since 2012, each new cohort of healthcare students receive GPA dementia education. Learn more about GPA at Sheridan in our press release.

News & Announcements

10th anniversary of our dementia education partnership with Sheridan College

January 21, 2022

Advanced Gerontological Education (AGE) Inc. is extremely proud to announce the 10th year in its important dementia education partnership with Sheridan College. The first GPA Certified Coaches (CC) at Sheridan were certified in 2012. Every year since, on-site Coaches who... Learn More »

AGE Publishes Collaboratively in “Perspectives,” Journal of the Canadian Gerontological Nursing Association (CGNA)

January 10, 2022

AGE Inc. recently published collaborative research in Perspectives, the Journal of the Canadian Gerontological Nursing Association (CGNA). Four nurse researchers independently reviewed de-identified video segments of three patients living with dementia. Each reviewer watched the segments twice, and each... Learn More »

A 2021 Holiday Message from April Morganti, AGE Executive Director

December 3, 2021

(Watch April’s Holiday Video or read her post below.) When I sat down to prepare my year in review message, the one word that kept coming to me was gratitude — for my team, for the Board, our partners... 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.