Partnership – AGE

10th anniversary of our dementia education partnership with Sheridan College

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.

AGE Publishes Collaboratively in “Perspectives,” Journal of the Canadian Gerontological Nursing Association (CGNA)

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




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. 

Read our latest Annual Report here.


AGE Sponsors #CGNA2019

AGE is very proud to be a Bronze Sponsor of the 20th Biennial Conference of the Canadian Gerontological Nursing Association. This year’s conference is May 2 – 4th in Calgary, Alberta, Canada. AGE will be attending and presenting at the conference. The CGNA’s theme for 2019 is “Older Persons Climbing Mountains: Journeys and Transitions.”

Learn more about #CGNA2019 here

Stories of Hope and Joy


The AGE Blog, Winter 2018 | 2019

There is no one person, program, policy, practice or quick fix for the complex issues of dementia care. Rather, the solutions live in a collaboration focused on education, with a person-centred approach at its core. In the season of hope and as a new year approaches, we thought we’d share some stories of hope and joy from the point of care — all of them achieved through collaboration. Click here to read our Winter Blog.



There is no one person, program, policy, practice or quick fix for the complex issues of dementia care. Rather, solutions live in a collaboration of people, programs, policies, practices and partnerships, focused on education and with a person-centred approach at their core. During the season of hope and as a new year approaches, we’d like to share stories of hope and joy, sent to us over the past year from organizations and GPA Certified Coaches — all of them were achieved through collaboration in education. Click here to read them!

Journal of Psychiatric and Mental Health Nursing: The experience of hospital staff in applying GPA to dementia care.

Journal of Psychiatric and Mental Health Nursing
Original Article

Wiley Online Library.


First published: 18 November 2018


This article has been accepted for publication and undergone full peer review but has not been through the copyediting, typesetting, pagination and proofreading process, which may lead to differences between this version and the Version of Record. Please cite this article as doi: 10.1111/jpm.12504




Hospital staff lacks knowledge and skills in dementia care. There is a need to understand how person‐centered care theory can be operationalized in staff’s practices to improve dementia care.


To describe the staff’s experiences of learning and applying the Gentle Persuasive Approaches (GPA) to enact person‐centered care in a hospital.


Mixed methods, including post-education survey and focus groups, were used. Thematic analysis was conducted to identify themes that describe participants’ experiences.


310 staff and leaders in a hospital participated in the GPA education and completed a posteducation survey (n=297). After one year, two follow‐up focus groups were conducted with interdisciplinary staff (n=24) across medicine and mental health programs. Our analysis identified three themes to enable person‐centered care: (1) changing attitudes, (2) changing practices, and (3) changing conditions.


This study contributes to the literature by providing evidence of how an education program was implemented in a large Canadian hospital to build capacity for dementia care. Joint education for interprofessional staff offers value in enabling person‐centered care.


Mental health nurses are in position to lead dementia education and advocate for person‐centered care in hospitals. Staff need structural support to engage in team learning for practice improvement.

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AGE Produces Series of Eight Podcasts

New series of podcasts disseminates findings from our “Pilot Study of an Innovative Online Dementia Education Intervention for Multi-Disciplinary Post-Secondary Health Care Students in Ontario.”

Staff prep for filming of new series of AGE podcasts

The AGE team continues to work with Jacky Au Duong, a knowledge mobilization specialist from the Centre for Communicating Knowledge at Ryerson University. Over the course of the summer, we have filmed a series of eight 15-minute podcasts that will summarize the focus, findings and impact of the interprofessional pilot study (noted above) to evaluate a blended classroom approach to GPA program delivery (GPA eLearning followed by Geriatric Skills Day Workshop). Funded for podcasts provided by the Retired Teachers of Ontario Foundation (RTOF).

The AGE Podcast series will be posted on the AGE website and the Retired Teachers of Ontario Foundation (RTOF) website in Fall 2018.


Principal Investigators on Study: (Bold text indicates members of AGE) Schindel Martin, L., Woo, P. (Associate Professor, Division of Geriatric Medicine, Department of Medicine, McMaster University) Co-Investigators: Cowan, D. (Medical Director, Health for Older Adults Program, St. Joseph’s Centre for Ambulatory Health Services), McLelland, V., Miller, P. (Physiotherapist), Newman, K. (Assistant Professor, Daphne Cockwell School of Nursing, Ryerson University), Rose, D. (Associate Professor, Daphne Cockwell School of Nursing, Ryerson University); Student Investigators: Ashbourne, J., Ashley, M., Julian, P., McNee, M., Vieira Zamora, F.

Spotlight on GPA Award Winner, Parkview Services for Seniors

Congratulations Parkview Services for Seniors, winner of a 2016 | 2017 GPA Leadership Excellence in Person-Centred Care award. “GPA builds strong positive relationships between residents and staff and instills confidence in staff’s abilities working with residents,” says Maria Wittenbols, Program Aid and GPA Certified Coach at Parkview. Learn more about GPA implementation at Parkview here.

Gentle Persuasive Approaches in Dementia Care (GPA®)
GPA is a multi-disciplinary evidence-based dementia care curriculum that equips point-of-care providers and students with the knowledge, skills and confidence to apply a respectful, person-centred approach when interacting with older adults with dementia. To date, Advanced Gerontological Education (AGE), developer of GPA, has trained 3,074 GPA Certified Coaches who have gone on to deliver the program to almost 300,000+ healthcare providers and students in more than 1,700 Canadian organizations.

Together, we are enhancing the care of older Canadians. Thank you  Parkview Services for Seniors in the Ontario communities of of Whitchurch | Stouffville for your ongoing passion and commitment to GPA’s person-centred model of care.