AGE – Advanced Gerontological Education

About AGE

AGE is a not-for-profit social enterprise in dementia education. We give care providers the knowledge, skills and confidence to deliver person-centred care safely and effectively. (Photo: AGE Executive Director visiting long-term care in China.)

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AGE is about People

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

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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.

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AGE is about Protection

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

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AGE is about Best Practice

Our dementia care curriculum combines best practices, empirically tested behavioural strategies and current evidence-based research. (Photo: Aberdeen Gardens Retirement Residence in Hamilton, Ontario)

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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

As of February 1st, 2020

New Address:
#403 — 286 Sanford Avenue North
Hamilton, Ontario  L8L 6A1
PH: 905 521 3950 | E:

News & Announcements

Gentle Persuasive Approaches used to better understand patients with dementia at Juravinksi Hospital, Hamilton

January 13, 2020

#Alzheimer’s Awareness Month. Heather Pepper, Clinical Manager, Orthopedic Surgery Inpatient Ward at Juravinski Hospital, Hamilton amazed at difference on her ward after staff members took GPA. Read the article in Hospital News here.

AGE Recognition Awards. We congratulate Actionmarguerite & Providence Health Care St. Vincent’s: Brock Fahrni

Actionmarguerite from Winnipeg, Manitoba and Providence Health Care, St. Vincent’s: Brock Fahrni from Vancouver, British Columbia tied in the category of long-term care in the 2018 | 2019 AGE Recognition Awards. These awards recognize the commitment of organizations that have... Learn More »

AGE Holiday Blog 2019. Milestones, memories, moments and more!

December 17, 2019

A big milestone! AGE will help implement GPA in parts of Sichuan Province, southwest China, following our Executive Director’s visit to that country last month. We also included a wonderful link for helping those living with dementia capture and preserve... 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.