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Read our updates on AGE Research

If you haven’t had time to review our new updated Research page on the website, you can download the AGE Research Flyer (English & French) for a synopsis of what we’ve been up to!

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AGE is committed to regular, rigorous formal review and quantitative and qualitative evaluations of the GPA curriculum. This has resulted in an impactful education intervention that promotes sustainable organizational culture change, grounded in best practice and theoretical dementia care principles. Collaboration in research is incredibly important to success and we are most grateful to all who contribute. Have you heard about the AGE Research and Evaluation Service? If not, you can learn more here. Or in French, here.

 

All GPA formats are now available in a virtual option (and getting rave reviews)

“Coaching in a virtual world presents an opportunity to enhance system and personal competency in a safe, collaborative, interactive format. It offers aspiring GPA coaches the opportunity to embrace technology as a means to an end. The use of virtual Ice Breakers, Gallery View conversations/demos/chat room group interaction, Menti & poll questions, website resources (e.g. ALPs), fillable documents, etc. — all of these make the GPA learning engaging and innovative. It becomes a collaboration “with” the learners instead of “to” the learners.” 

— Bob Spicer, GPA Master Coach, Psychogeriatric Resource Consultant, North Bay Regional Health Centre, ON speaking about virtual GPA Certified Coach Workshops.

Watch our video to learn more about GPA virtual options.

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.

Pilot Project: GPA for Informal Caregivers mentioned in 2020 Annual Report to Parliament …

“A Dementia Strategy for Canada: Together We Achieve,” 2020 Annual Report to Canada’s Parliament mentions the latest Gentle Persuasive Approaches (GPA) pilot project on implementing GPA for informal (unpaid/family/friends) caregivers. This project, in partnership with the Alzheimer Society of New Brunswick and Horizon Health//Réseau de santé Horizon, will be the first time GPA is implemented outside the realm of formal care providers working at the point of care.

Read the Annual Report to Parliament (GPA is mentioned on pages 26 and 46 & 47) here.

 

All Behaviour Has Meaning. A qualitative exploration of dementia training published in Journal of Nursing Education …

Published today in the Journal of Nursing Education and Practice, “All behaviour has meaning”: A qualitative exploration of dementia training of healthcare assistant students.” by Dr. Tracy Christianson from Thompson Rivers University, in collaboration with AGE Inc. 

GPA was shown to effectively equip healthcare assistant students to work with older adults who are living with dementia and responsive behaviours. You can view the abstract/full text here: https://bit.ly/3dVc01h

AGE Annual Report 2019 | 2020

To our partners & stakeholders we say thank you! It’s been an incredible year. What have we done? Where have we been? What have we published? It’s all here (with photos & stories from the point of care) in our (digital) Annual Report: https://bit.ly/3nQ7BkP

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