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 Canada’s care providers be ready? AGE is working to make sure they are …

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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

Congratulations to the 2017 | 2018 AGE Recognition Award Recipients

Who received the award? Find out here


AGE profiled in Fall 2018 Issue of 'Dementia Connections' magazine

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News & Announcements

Journal Article: The experience of hospital staff in applying Gentle Persuasive Approaches to dementia care

November 29, 2018

Original Article Wiley Online Library. Link: Authors: Lillian Hung, Cathy Son, Rebecca Hung First published: 18 November 2018   This article has been accepted for publication and... Learn More »

Vancouver Coastal Health shares news about their AGE Recognition Award news and much more …

October 29, 2018

VCH shares their award news, their history with GPA and the publication of their study on GPA’s impact at VCH. Learn more here:  


October 10, 2018

Thank you to all organizations who took the time to submit their application for this award. All submissions were outstanding. At this time, we would like to recognize the four organizations with the highest scores and one with an Honourable... 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.