Advanced Gerontological Education (AGE) Inc. is extremely proud to announce the 10th year in its important dementia education partnership with Sheridan College. The first GPA Certified Coaches (CC) at Sheridan were certified in 2012. Every year since, on-site Coaches who are typically staff at the College deliver the Gentle Persuasive Approaches (GPA) dementia-care curriculum to each new student cohort. Learn about GPA at Sheridan in our Press Release.
Four nurse researchers independently reviewed de-identified video segments of three patients living with dementia. Each reviewer watched the segments twice, and each time they documented the behaviours observed during one-minute intervals using numerical ratings from the Dementia Observation System (DOS). Test-retest and inter-rater reliability were assessed to establish the utility of the DOS for comparison with the multi-sensor predictive system.
Results indicated that the DOS has substantial test-retest reliability and moderate inter-rater reliability. Both types of reliability were higher for ratings of behaviour type and intensity than ratings associated with contextual variables. A system that predicts responsive behaviours will help caregivers develop a plan of care for people living with dementia, which may reduce the burden of caregivers.
Learn more: Reliability of Nurses’ Use of a Direct Behavioural Observation Tool in the Dementia Context: Implications for Development of Predictive System of Behavioural Assessment. Newman, K., Schindel Martin, L., McLelland, V., Wang, A., Au Duong, J., Khan, S.S., Ye, B., Spasojevic, S., Iaboni, A., Mihailidis, A., (2021). Perspectives. Journal of the Canadian Gerontological Nursing Association (CGNA). Vol. 42, no. 3, pp. 13-21. View the PDF.
(Watch April’s Holiday Video or read her post below.)
When I sat down to prepare my year in review message, the one word that kept coming to me was gratitude — for my team, for the Board, our partners and stakeholders and the hard-working and dedicated health care professionals in Canada who have given so much throughout this pandemic — many of them are GPA Certified Coaches (CCs). Our gratitude can never truly be enough!
I can’t say that I have only felt 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 quickly make our Gentle Persuasive Approaches (GPA) dementia curriculum accessible in a format that met pandemic safety protocols. Some things can wait during a pandemic, dementia education for healthcare stuff and students is not one of them. I am so pleased with the GPA virtual formats we have developed and grateful for the important input from so many GPA CCs. The new formats have been well received and are regularly accessed. What I originally thought of as a challenge has now become an opportunity to make GPA even more widely and easily 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 or more years of service with a special certificate. Coaches who have 15 or more years received a special plaque. We’re also creating a storytelling tribute to GPA CCs’ incredible resilience during COVID-19. It’s called GPA Stories from the Point of Care. Belief in GPA held strong, despite the extraordinary circumstances. We’ve provided a link to the first of these stories, “Sandra’s Story” from a long-term care home in the Region of Halton, Ontario (see 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 the GPA Bathing program.
Thank you to all who support us in our important work enhancing the care of older adults. on behalf of the entire team at AGE, I wish you Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays and all the best for a Happy New Year.
April Morganti, AGE Executive Director, 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 the town of Milton, Southern Ontario
ABOUT AGE INC.
Advanced Gerontological Education (AGE) Inc. 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
AGE is a not-for-profit social enterprise in dementia care education. We are being recognized for our work engaging students in co-op and summer placements; in particular, helping them better understand dementia and its responsive behaviours through meaningful, collaborative work.
Engagement is critically important to our work with these students. Over 747,000 Canadians live with dementia. By 2030, that number will reach 912,000 and that is only the number of diagnosed cases. Not all persons living with dementia or their families come forward because of the stigma that remains stubbornly attached to this disease. Young people are the future. They can change this narrative.
Our involvement with students includes past and current engagements through the Canada Summer Jobs program, the Mohawk College Administrative Office Program and various co-op programs.
Our main product is Gentle Persuasive Approaches (GPA) in Dementia Care. At the outset, every student who works with us participates in GPA eLearning — person-centred dementia care education which hundreds of post-secondary students across Canada participate in every term. It is made up of key content from the full-day GPA Basics Dementia Care Curriculum designed for those who work at the point of care. During their time with us, students are involved in many aspects of our business. We are grateful to provide them with valuable work experience, including learning how a company’s mission, values and principles are realized through its day-to-day work. We support students in developing new hard and soft skills; learning and practising the art of collaboration; and becoming more confident and creative in sharing their own unique talents in the work they do with AGE and its partners and stakeholders. We work hard to provide them with as many unique opportunities as possible to contribute to innovative projects in dementia-care communities across the country. In return, we are the lucky recipients of their contagious enthusiasm, innovation and fresh new ideas. Over the years, we have been privileged to work with many talented young Canadians and we’re happy to report that a great many remain in touch with us!
By creating awareness in young people about careers in the field of gerontology, though specific education that fosters skilled, confident, compassionate health care teams, we are doing our part to ensure healthcare for older adults is a vibrant, innovative, respectful person-centred space that ensures all Canadians have an opportunity to age well.
There were over 500+ submissions for these awards and finalists represent some of the very best across the non-profit sector in Canada. We are honoured to be among those finalists and we sincerely thank Charity Village for this recognition. Our congratulations go out to all finalists.
We look forward to attending the Charity Village Virtual Conference & Awards Night on Wednesday, November 3rd, 2021 from 11:00 AM – 4:00 PM.
View the list of Finalists by clicking here.
ABOUT AGE INC.
Advanced Gerontological Education (AGE) Inc.
AGE is a national not-for-profit social enterprise that develops and delivers dementia care education. 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
Our latest Annual Report is hot off the digital press. Learn more about GPA’s new virtual formats; see what’s happening with operations and logistics; read about our research; learn about our coach support and see the all the amazing photos of GPA from across the country this year.
There’s also a special tribute to Dr. Lori Schindel Martin and Barb McCoy who recently retired from AGE’s Board of Directors — although they haven’t stopped helping us spread the word about GPA. From the earliest days of discussing curriculum development around a kitchen table in 2005, to more recent plans for expansion into South China, Lori Schindel Martin and Barb McCoy have been helping AGE Inc. achieve its mission every step of the way.
Advanced Gerontological Education (AGE) Inc. is extremely pleased to announce that Niagara College Canada has added GPA eLearning to its curriculum for students in the both the Practical Nursing program and its Community Mental Health Programs. GPA Basics was already part of the curriculum for the Personal Support Workers (PSW) program and the Gerontology Grad-Certification program at the college. Niagara College has been offering GPA to students since 2012.
Did you know that 1 in two people are ageist towards older persons? Are you ageist? Take a few moments today to think about that question. What are our words and actions saying to the older persons around us? How do WE want to be treated as we age. #Combatageism Read the latest World Health Organization report on ageism here. #dementia #education
Dr. Jennifer Dobbelsteyn, RN, BN, MBA, PhD
Dobbelsteyn Consulting Group International Inc. (DCGI)
Jennifer is the President of DCGI, a consulting company of work environment specialists. She is also a Registered Nurse, with more than 30 years of progressive experience in the healthcare system in Canada. Her experience includes working in acute care, long-term care, community care in First Nation Health Centres and accreditation surveying across Canada. Jenn’s research for her PhD was focused on developing healthy work environments in healthcare settings.
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.”
We pay tribute to Trent/Fleming School of Nursing, recipient of an Honourable Mention in the 2018 | 2019 AGE Recognition Award for GPA Leadership Excellence with distinction. Read about the healthcare students and their experience with GPA here.