Don’t miss this free-flowing conversation between AGE Executive Director April Morganti and GLOBAL’s Scott Thompson on AGE Inc., the need for dementia education and how our business has weathered the pandemic. Listen here: https://omny.fm/shows/scott-thompson-show/spotlight-on-age-dementia-education-and-care-for-o
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 and confusion is often expressed in the form of responsive behaviours. Healthcare providers (HCPs) struggle with knowing how best to support people with bathing-related responsive behaviours, especially in the context of limited resources and difficulties with effective communication. Many HCPs end up feeling alone and unprepared when faced with bathing a person living with dementia.
AGE Inc. developed two Gentle Persuasive Approaches (GPA) Bathing eLearning units to strengthen care providers’ knowledge, confidence and skill in providing person-centred, evidence-informed bathing care. The suitability and effectiveness of these units was pilot-tested with Mississauga Halton Behavioural Supports Ontario staff in long-term and community care. View our poster to learn more.
AGE’s GPA Bathing Program is due out later this year. Learn more about this program in this one-page flyer.
Latest AGE Blog, by April Morganti, AGE Executive Director.
There are no books we can reach for as leaders to help guide teams in this pandemic. As a Licensed Crucial Conversations® practitioner and cognitive coach, it has helped to use my skills for communicating when stakes are high and emotions run strong. However, there is nothing like personal experience as teacher. During this crisis, some significant things have become clear to me on how to lead well. I thought I’d share them with you in this blog. Read my blog here.
GPA Mentioned in Article by British Columbia (BC) Care Providers Association: Best Practices in Dementia Care: Guidelines for Staffing and Physical Environment in Long-Term Care.
An excerpt from the article … “Along with changes to the physical environment, another fundamental element of making care homes more dementia-friendly is looking at ways staff engage or interact with the people they are supporting. This can be achieved in a variety of ways such as adopting a gentle persuasive approach (GPA) to dementia care as well as implementing new care or staffing models.”
“A Dementia Strategy for Canada: Together We Achieve,” 2020 Annual Report to Canada’s Parliament mentions the latest Gentle Persuasive Approaches (GPA) pilot project on implementing GPA for informal (unpaid/family/friends) caregivers. This project, in partnership with the Alzheimer Society of New Brunswick and Horizon Health//Réseau de santé Horizon, will be the first time GPA is implemented outside the realm of formal care providers working at the point of care.
Published today in the Journal of Nursing Education and Practice, “All behaviour has meaning”: A qualitative exploration of dementia training of healthcare assistant students.” by Dr. Tracy Christianson from Thompson Rivers University, in collaboration with AGE Inc.
GPA was shown to effectively equip healthcare assistant students to work with older adults who are living with dementia and responsive behaviours. You can view the abstract/full text here: https://bit.ly/3dVc01h
To our partners & stakeholders we say thank you! It’s been an incredible year. What have we done? Where have we been? What have we published? It’s all here (with photos & stories from the point of care) in our (digital) Annual Report: https://bit.ly/3nQ7BkP
April Morganti, AGE Executive Director, received her GPA Coach certification, along with other coach candidates from across the region in Hamilton, Ontario this month. April’s background and certificate in adult learning (theory and practice) — DipAdult Ed — enriches AGE’s educational programming. #dementia #education #GPA
Advanced Gerontological Education (AGE) Inc. is very pleased and proud to relay the news that the Board of Directors of the Ontario Occupational Health Nurses Association (OOHNA) announced that AGE’s Board Chair, Henrietta Van hulle has received OOHNA’s highest honour – The Lifetime Achievement Award. This award recognizes an occupational health nurse’s outstanding contribution locally and provincially to the Occupational Health Nursing specialty and to the professional organization (OOHNA).
Congratulations, Henri. The AGE Team and the AGE Board of Directors are very proud of you. Learn more about Henrietta and the award here.