Education for health-care professionals

For health-care professionals who work with people with Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias, here are some educational resources that may be helpful.


Various presentations and in-services on dementia and responsive behaviours are available for staff of Long-Term Care Homes and health care agencies.  Education can also be tailored to your needs.  All education is offered free, except for U-First! and GPA.

Overview of Dementia

Participants will gain a general understanding of the different types of dementia, the different symptoms and behaviours associated with it, and some general tips on how to interact with persons with dementia.

GPA – Gentle Persuasive Approaches In Dementia Care Training

This innovative full day curriculum is interactive and practical.  It is designed to address responsive behaviours that occur in residents with moderate to severe dementia.  It encourages staff to assess the meaning of the responsive behaviour, learn strategies to manage the behaviour to prevent escalation, and to develop person-centred care plans for each resident to prevent the occurrence of future behaviours.


U-First! is a 6 hour workshop that is designed for health care providers who support people living with dementia or Alzheimer's disease in the community, acute care, and long-term care.   The training offers education to improve the quality of interactions between the care provider and the person living with Alzheimer's disease or other dementias. For more information about this program, go to the U-First! website.

Case Consultation

This consultation is geared towards a current difficult issue staff is experiencing with a resident as a result of dementia.  The issue will be problem solved, and care strategies generated using the principles of person-centered care.  Case consultation is most effective if staff have already attended one of the training sessions above.

Education for Families

Families of residents with dementia often do not know how to understand or cope with their loved ones dementia or behaviour in a long-term care home setting.  Education on dementia, and the symptoms and behaviours associated with it, can be given to families, either individually or in a group setting.

Last Updated: 11/08/2017