AGE – Advanced Gerontological Education

About AGE Inc.

AGE is a not-for-profit social enterprise in dementia education. Our curriculums give care providers the knowledge, skills and confidence to deliver person-centred dementia care safely and effectively. Learn more about us in this video

AGE is about People

More than 360,000 healthcare staff & students 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

Did you know? 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

Dementia care workers often feel helpless and at physical and emotional risk in the care setting. We equip them with knowledge and skills that are immediately useful and instill lasting confidence. Register for dementia care education

AGE is about Best Practice

Our dementia care curriculums combine best practices, empirically tested behavioural strategies and current evidence-based research. (Photo: Aberdeen Gardens Retirement Residence in Hamilton, Ontario) Learn more about our programs

AGE is about Progress

We offer flexible dementia-care learning formats: independent eLearning, blended learning & full-day classroom learning. (Photo: Independent eLearning is ideal for healthcare students and remote learning.)

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Featured News & Updates

Dementia Care Strategies & Techniques in COVID-19

The Importance of Personhood. Even though a person with dementia may look physically well, changes in the brain impact their experience and interactions with the world around them. The more we know about the person behind the disease, the more we are able to help them. Learn about personhood here.

During social distancing, there's GPA eLearning

There are so many new staff coming into long-term care at the moment. They all need dementia education! During social distancing, GPA eLearning is an ideal option for individuals and groups.  Learn more here. Register here.

News & Announcements

Is your staff skilled in Dementia Care?

April 13, 2020

Who should take GPA eLearning online dementia education? GPA eLearning teaches all staff across disciplines to respond effectively, safely and with compassion to older adults living with dementia and expressing responsive behaviour.  Register here Learn more about the... 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.