About GPA – AGE

About GPA

GPA education is for EVERYONE who works with older adults

What is GPA Basics?

GPA Basics is an innovative dementia care education curriculum based on a person-centred care approach. Designed for interdisciplinary point of care staff across healthcare sectors, GPA Basics is delivered as four modules over a 7.5-hour day. It is available in an in-person classroom option and in some organizations it may also be available in a virtual (online) option. The session is evidence-based, interactive and practical. Two GPA Certified Coaches guide participants to fully understand responsive behaviours in order to be able to respond effectively and appropriately in a workplace setting. GPA Basics also includes respectful self-protective and gentle redirection technique for use in situations of risk (Module 4). See the course outline on the grey text panel farther below. NOTE: The GPA Basics Manual required for this course costs $23.10 plus applicable taxes.

What is Integrated GPA?

Integrated GPA (iGPA) is our blended GPA learning program, a flexible alternative to GPA Basics. It consists of a half day of GPA eLearning followed by a half-day of in-classroom learning ( traditional or virtual online classroom option available) that builds on your eLearning and takes place no more than a few weeks after the eLearning session. To learn more about iGPA, including a course outline, follow the link below. NOTE: Integrated GPA (iGPA) includes an eManual.

Learn more about iGPA

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Points Saillant de l’ADP_4e


7.5 hours (one (1) 7.5-hour day)


2 GPA Certified Coaches

Target Learner

Care providers in a professional setting, including students enrolled at a recognized educational institution.


  • Potential or current job role includes interaction with persons with dementia, or proof of registration for course completion in a health related field
  • 18 years of age or older

Completion Requirements

100% attendance (Certificate of Participation provided)


GPA-Recharged (GPA-R) refresher, annual renewal recommended

Standard Cost

With in-house coach delivery. The GPA Basics Manual required for this course costs $23.10 plus applicable taxes.

Course Content

  • Delivery supported by slide presentations including updated whiteboard animations and embedded video, as well as interpersonal activities and case-based scenarios
  • Introduction to dementia and person-centred care
  • Overview of the relationship between the disease process and a person’s behavioural response
  • Application of emotional, environmental, and interpersonal communication strategies to prevent and diffuse responsive behaviours
  • Suitable and respectful protective techniques to use in situations of risk