AGE – Advanced Gerontological Education

About AGE

AGE is a not-for-profit social enterprise in dementia education. We give Canada’s care providers the knowledge, skills and confidence to deliver person-centred care safely and effectively.

Watch the video

AGE is about People

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

Read testimonials

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.

Learn more

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.

Learn More

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)

Learn more

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)

Learn more

Featured News & Updates

Hot off the press! Annual Report 2018 | 2019.

Our theme this year is Caring for the Care Provider. Access Report here



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

News & Announcements

Change & transition. It touches all of us.

October 4, 2019

We include a presentation by Pauline Tardif, CEO of the Alzheimer Society of Canada who spoke about Canada’s Dementia Strategy at our AGM. Go here: Learn More »

Personal Care Staff at Actionmarguerite first in Manitoba to be trained in Dementia Care.

September 6, 2019

“Charles Gagné has seen firsthand the value of the Gentle Persuasive Approaches (GPA) training that the staff at Actionmarguerite personal care homes have received to help dementia patients under their charge. He was at a facility when one of their... Learn More »

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 »

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.

Access all AGE Education Offerings

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.