AGE – Advanced Gerontological Education

About AGE Inc.

AGE is a not-for-profit social enterprise in dementia education. Our Gentle Persuasive Approaches curriculum has given more than 500,000 Canadian care providers the knowledge, skills and confidence needed for person-centred dementia care.  Watch our video

AGE is about People

More than 476,500 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 in the dementia context can feel helpless and at risk. Our GPA curriculum equips them with knowledge and skills that are immediately useful and instill lasting confidence. Find out how to access GPA.

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. Blended learning. Classroom learning. Independent eLearning. For every GPA  format there’s a virtual option! Watch our video to learn more. (Photo on PC: Virtual GPA Certified Coach Workshop) Wat

Featured News & Updates

NEW! Attend a GPA Certified Coach Workshop in-person or online

Virtual workshops are available in 2 x full day or 4 x half-day formats. Check the education calendar below to learn more. Watch our video on GPA virtual formats.

Have you seen our latest dementia-care research?

Visit our updated research page (English or French) to learn about evaluations of GPA formats and the new GPA Bathing curriculum set to launch later in 2021. Find out how we develop evidence-informed curriculums.

News & Announcements

All GPA formats are now available in a virtual option (and they’re getting rave reviews)

August 27, 2021

“Coaching in a virtual world presents an opportunity to enhance system and personal competency in a safe, collaborative, interactive format. It offers aspiring GPA coaches the opportunity to embrace technology as a means to an end. The use of virtual... Learn More »

AGE Executive Director chats with Scott Thompson on GLOBAL, 900 a.m. CHML

May 18, 2021

Don’t miss this free-flowing conversation between AGE Executive Director April Morganti and Global’s Scott Thompson. They chat about AGE Inc., the urgent need for dementia education and how our not-for-profit social enterprise is weathering the pandemic. Listen here:

AT CGNA2021, AGE Inc. presented on evaluations of our new GPA Bathing Program due out later this year …

April 28, 2021

Presented by AGE’s Dr. Victoria McLelland at the Canadian Gerontological Nursing Association (#CGNA2021) Biennial Conference in April, 2021. View our presentation from CGNA. For people living with dementia, bathing can be a confusing and frightening experience, and this fear... 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.