News – AGE

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.

 

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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.

PUBLISHED! “Reliability of Nurses’ Use of a Direct Behavioural Observation Tool in the Dementia Context” in Perspectives, Journal of the Canadian Gerontological Nursing Association (CGNA)

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AGE Inc. recently published collaborative research in Perspectives, the Journal of the Canadian Gerontological Nursing Association (CGNA).

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.

A 2021 Holiday Message from April Morganti, AGE Executive Director


(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.

Warm regards,

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

 

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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 

Read our latest Annual Report here.

 

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