Click here to listen to April’s Holiday Message or you can also read the full script of the message.
“When I sat down to prepare my year in review message the one word that kept coming to me was GRATITUDE. Gratitude for my team, for our Board, our partners and stakeholders and for the many hard-working and dedicated health care professionals in Canada who have given so much throughout this pandemic — many of them are GPA Certified Coaches. Our gratitude can never truly be enough.
I can’t say I have felt only gratitude over the months. I have also felt fear, frustration and even helplessness as I worked to make sure that my team was okay and that we did our best to serve our stakeholders.
I don’t pretend to understand what those working at the point of care have been through, what they’ve seen, or what’s been asked or expected of them. But knowing some of the challenges GPA Certified Coaches were facing, we knew we had to make GPA quickly accessible in a format that met pandemic safety protocols. Some things can wait during a pandemic, dementia education is not one of them. I am so pleased with the virtual formats we have developed and very grateful for the input from so many of our GPA CCs. The new formats have been well received and are regularly accessed. What I originally thought of as a challenge became an opportunity to make GPA even more accessible.
As many of you know, AGE holds an annual Awards Recognition program. Last year, we cancelled it because of the pandemic. This year we’re holding it again. We’ve already recognized GPA Certified Coaches who have 10 years or more of service with a special certificate. We’re also creating a storytelling tribute to Coaches’ incredible resilience during COVID-19. It’s called GPA Stories from the Point of Care. Coaches’ belief in GPA held strong, despite the extraordinary circumstances. We’ve provided a link to “Sandra’s Story” below. Watch for additional stories on social media and our website in the new year.
Looking ahead to 2022, I hope things become a little more normal. When this happens, I am grateful that we will be prepared with virtual GPA adaptations for education and Coach training, a return to in-person GPA CC workshops and education sessions (with increased safety protocols) and the launch of GPA Bathing.
In the meantime, I wish you Happy Holidays and Happy New Year from the entire team at AGE Inc.. Thank you to all who support us in our important work enhancing the care of older adults through person-centred dementia education for staff and students.”
April Morganti, AGE Executive Director and CEO
M.PA, BA, Dip AEd.
GPA Stories from the point of care:
Read Sandra’s story from Halton Region, Milton Day Program and Allendale Long Term Care home in Milton, Southern Ontario
ABOUT AGE INC.
Advanced Gerontological Education (AGE) Inc.
AGE is a national not-for-profit social enterprise that develops and delivers dementia care education to healthcare staff and students. Our practical, evidence-informed Gentle Persuasive Approaches (GPA) curriculum has given more than 500,000 Canadian care providers the knowledge, skills and confidence they need for working with older Canadians living with dementia and responsive behaviours. www.ageinc.ca