News – AGE

AGE Board of Directors welcomes two new Board Members this Fall 2022

Avinesh Sundar, Director, CPA, CA, CFA

Avinesh is the Assistant Vice-President of Internal Audit at Mackenzie Investments in Toronto, ON. He began his career at Ernst & Young and has held positions within Bank of America Merrill Lynch and BMO Bank of Montreal. Avinesh hold a Bachelor of Commerce Degree from the Rotman School of Management at the University of Toronto. He is currently working on a Master of Business Administration (MBA) from the University of Toronto.

Angela Zehr, Director, CPA, CA

Angela is currently Chief Financial Officer at Mohawk College in Hamilton, ON, where she provides leadership, strategic planning, and senior management direction on all aspects of finance.  Angela holds a Bachelor of Commerce, Honours degree from McMaster University. She has more than 20 years of experience in all areas of financial management and began her career in public accounting at KPMG LLP. Angela previously worked in financial reporting for a US public company.

We welcome the expertise that both will bring to the future direction and success of AGE Inc.

Advanced Gerontological Education (AGE) Inc. appoints John Currie as Interim Executive Director

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HAMILTON, ON, Oct. 19th, 2022. Advanced Gerontological Education (AGE) Inc. is a national not-for-profit social enterprise that provides dementia-care education to healthcare staff and students who work with older adults. The organization is pleased to announce the appointment of John Currie as Interim Executive Director. John assumes his new role immediately.

John is accredited for directing organizational transformation for non-profits/not-for-profits and social enterprises. His experience in strategic planning, team building, managing change, and implementing technology solutions for non-profits, makes this appointment particularly timely as AGE Inc. experiences rapid growth.

Laurie Fox, Chair of the AGE Board, says “John’s experience as a past Vice Chair of the AGE Board of Directors and more recently as the organization’s Chief Information Officer (CIO), provided him with strong foundational knowledge that will be invaluable in the new role. The Board extends him a warm welcome and views this leadership transition as the ideal moment to take time to review AGE Inc.’s progress and with John at the helm, equip the organization for continued success.

The past few years have been challenging and exciting for AGE Inc. In particular, the pandemic accelerated the  need for virtual GPA education formats. Launched in January 2021, these have generated significant interest, strong company growth and continue to be in high demand, even as COVID-19 slowly recedes.

John is excited to join AGE Inc. in the role of Interim Executive Director: “This is an incredible team. I have witnessed the organization’s rapid growth over the last few years and see the need for its products and services set to grow exponentially. Today, in Canada, more than 600,000 people live with dementia. By 2030, that number will rise to 955,900. 1 We must ensure AGE Inc. is well positioned to meet the growing need for dementia-care education. I look forward to working with the entire organization, helping to write the next chapter in its mission to enhance the care of older adults.”

John is Managing Director for JCS Inc. He serves as Executive Director for Honouring Indigenous Peoples (HIP) and was CIO for the Ontario Safety Association of Community and Healthcare. He holds a Bachelor’s degree from York University. He is also a Rotary International Paul Harris Fellow and the recipient of Rotary’s Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Award for exceptional leadership and commitment to race and gender equality. Recently, he was recognized by the City of Pickering, Ontario, with their Civic Award for exemplary humanitarian service. 

Contact John Currie, email: johncurrie@ageinc.ca

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 About Advanced Gerontological Education (AGE) Inc.

AGE Inc. is a national not-for-profit social enterprise in dementia-care education. It develops and distributes the evidence-informed Gentle Persuasive Approaches (GPA) in Dementia Care curriculum to healthcare staff and students across Canada. GPA is now its 4th edition. More than 550,000 participants have taken this program. AGE delivers its curriculum through the GPA Certified Coach Delivery Model, with more than 1,500 Coaches trained by AGE Inc. active coast to coast.

There is a GPA learning format to suit the needs of every organization, large or small —traditional classrooms, virtual classrooms, and hybrid options, facilitated by GPA Certified Coaches — the preferred program delivery method. Independent GPA eLearning is an adapted version of the model, ideal for healthcare students and remote learning.

Learn more at www.ageinc.ca or email info@ageinc.ca

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1 https://alzheimer.ca/en/research/reports-dementia/landmark-study-report-1-path-forward

 

 

   
   

 

 

   
   

 

   
   

 

   
   

New Study finds that GPA is one of the few interventions to improve nursing care in Canadian hospitals that had significant evaluation research on its effectiveness and sustainability.

 

Go directly to our website to read the Executive Summary and see the Poster (see the dark blue checkerboard  on “AFFILIATED RESEARCH”)

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Interventions to Improve the Nursing Care of People with Dementia in Canadian Hospitals: An Environmental Scan. Moody, E.1,  Jamieson, H.1, Bradbury, K.1, Rothfus, M.2,  Khanna, I.1, Weeks, L.1,  Belliveau, A.3, Bilski, T.1. School of Nursing, Dalhousie University. 2. W.K Kellogg Health Science Library, Dalhousie University. 3. Dementia Family Advisor, Halifax, NS, Canada. 4 Professional Practice Lead-Interprofessional Practice & Learning, Nova Scotia Health, Canada.  

GPA Stories from the Point of Care. Read Coach Mariam’s Story from Trillium Health Partners, Ontario

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For the 2020 | 2021 AGE Recognition Awards, we are celebrating resilience. We asked GPA Certified Coaches to send us their GPA stories from the point of care during the pandemic. Celebrating these stories is our way of paying tribute to the incredible resilience of GPA Certified Coaches and their teams across Canada over the past 2+ years.

Read Coach Mariam’s Story from Trillium Health Partners in Southern Ontario.

GPA and AGE featured in online issue of Dementia Connections Magazine.

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Teaching Tenderness: AGE Inc. improves long-term care with Gentle Persuasive Approaches (GPA).

April Morganti, AGE Executive Director and Lisa Wauchope, AGE Clinical Education and Training Specialist, recently sat down with Jennifer Prescott of Dementia Connections magazine to talk about the Gentle Persuasive Approaches (GPA) dementia care curriculum, the pressing need for this type of education for everyone who works with older adults, as well as AGE’s entry into the world of virtual education during the pandemic.

Read the full article here.

GPA Stories from the Point of Care. Read Coach Tabatha’s Story from Summerset Manor, PEI.

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For the 2020 | 2021 AGE Recognition Awards, we are celebrating resilience. We asked GPA Certified Coaches to send us their GPA stories from the point of care during the pandemic. Celebrating the stories they sent is our way of paying tribute to the incredible resilience of GPA Certified Coaches across Canada over the past 2+ years.

Read Coach Tabatha Gallant’s story from Summerside, PEI here.

GPA Stories from the Point of Care. Read Coach Sandra’s Story from Milton Adult Day Program and Allendale Long-Term Care, Halton Region, Ontario.

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For the 2020 | 2021 AGE Recognition Awards, we are celebrating resilience. We asked GPA Certified Coaches to send us their GPA stories from the point of care during the pandemic. Celebrating these stories is our way of paying tribute to the incredible resilience of GPA Certified Coaches and their colleagues over the past 2+ years.

Read Coach Sandra’s GPA Story from Milton Adult Day Program and Allendale Long-Term Care in Halton Region, Ontario.

Ontario’s Personal Support Worker (PSW) Standard recommends GPA Best Practice Strategies & Person-Centred Approaches

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2022 Ontario Personal Support Worker (PSW) Standard recommends GPA Best Practice Strategies and Person-Centred Approaches to mitigate and/or deescalate
responsive behaviours in dementia care.

HAMILTON, ONTARIO, February 2022 — Advanced Gerontological Education (AGE) Inc. is a national not-for-profit non-funded social enterprise based in Hamilton, Ontario. Its mission is to enhance the care of older adults living with dementia. Our main product is the Gentle Persuasive Approaches (GPA) in Dementia Care curriculum for care providers and healthcare students. In the Government of Ontario, Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities 2022 Personal Support Worker (PSW) Standard (41469) GPA’s Best Practice Strategies and Person-Centred Approaches are recommended for use by PSWs in the care setting to mitigate and/or deescalate responsive behaviours, as directed by the plan of care and in accordance with all legislation in the Long-Term Care Homes Act, 2007 and Retirement Homes Act, 2010.

All PSW programs in Ontario are required to follow these education standards set out by the Ontario Ministry of Training, Colleges & Universities.

PUBLISHED! Implementing GPA Dementia Education for Staff on In-patient Medicine Units: A Program Evaluation in “Dementia: The International Journal of Social Research and Practice.”

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Don’t miss the powerful qualitative comments pre- and post-GPA education from healthcare students who participated in this evaluation of GPA eLearning. They talk about the incredible difference GPA has made to their knowledge, skills and confidence when working with persons exhibiting responsive behaviours.

Up to 45% of older adults living with dementia admitted to hospital exhibit responsive behaviours (Dewing & Dijk, 2016Keenan et al., 2011Nayton et al., 2014), risking injury for both patients and caregivers. Staff struggle to manage responsive behaviours without specific education. Between 2016 and 2017, GPA eLearning was disseminated to interdisciplinary staff on five medicine units at London Health Sciences Centre in Ontario, Canada, as part of a broader dementia-care quality improvement project at the hospital.

GPA eLearning participants were asked to complete online quantitative and qualitative questionnaires on self-efficacy, competence and dementia care knowledge at three points: before, immediately after and 6 to 8 weeks after their GPA eLearning. Focus groups were conducted to further explore participants’ experiences with GPA elearning.

What were the findings?

In January 2022, the findings from the evaluation were published in SAGE Journals. Dementia: The International Journal of Social Research and Practice. Read the abstract here. Open access pending.

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Special Mention: AGE Inc. extends its sincere thanks to Jacqueline Crandall, Nurse Practitioner and Laurie McKellar, Nurse Practitioner (retired) at London Health Sciences Centre for their role in making this important GPA research possible.

Citation: Crandall, J., Coatsworth-Puspoky, R., Schlegel, K., Beker, L., McLelland, V. C., & Schindel Martin, L. (2022). Implementing Gentle Persuasive Approaches dementia education for staff on in-patient medicine units: A program evaluation. Dementia, 1-27. https://doi.org/10.1177%2F14713012211070148

CELEBRATING! 10th anniversary of our dementia education partnership with Sheridan College

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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.

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