News – AGE

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

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.

6 Things I’ve Learned about Leading in a Pandemic

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’s person-centred approach to dementia care cited in article by BC Care Providers Association

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 (GPAto dementia care as well as implementing new care or staffing models.”

 Read the full report here.

AGE Recognition Awards. Congratulations Alzheimer Society of Windsor-Essex County

We pay tribute to the Alzheimer Society of Windsor-Essex County (ASWE) recipient of a 2018 | 2019 AGE Recognition Award for GPA Leadership Excellence with distinction. This is the third year in a row that ASWE has been a recipient in these awards which recognize organizations that have implemented Gentle Persuasive Approaches (GPA) dementia education for staff with extraordinary effort and outcomes. Last year, 18 ASWE staff members and 285 community members participated in GPA Basics dementia education sessions through the society. Read about GPA in action throughout the community of Windsor-Essex county.

Watch the official announcement for all award recipients here.

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