Education for health care professionals

The Alzheimer Society of Simcoe County provides the following educational opportunities for health care professionals:

North Simcoe Muskoka Dementia Conference

The Dementia Conference is held in Orillia each fall.  Information for the 2018 conference will be available by August 2018.  Check back for updates.


U-First! is a training program for front line staff who are working with people living with dementia.  For more information about U-First! or to find sessions near you, go to

Fee:  $75

U-First! Open Sessions

(not agency specific)

Thursday, March 8, 2018
9 a.m. - 4 p.m.

Registration is online ONLY.  Please visit


The Society offers educational in-services to staff in long-term care homes, retirement homes and community agencies.  Sessions are designed with the goal of increasing knowledge and understanding of the various issues related to supporting a person with Alzheimer’s disease or other dementia.  Possible topics include, but are not limited to:

  • Overview of dementia
  • A look at Alzheimer’s disease
  • Understanding the connection between brain and behavior
  • Communication with the person with dementia
  • Research updates
  • Head’s Up (maintaining brain health)
  • Advance care planning
  • Family education: visiting, transition, loss

Gentle Persuasive Approach (GPA)

Goal:  to provide staff with the skill and confidence to respond respectfully to responsive behaviours of a more escalated nature associated with dementia.

GPA is an innovative education program appropriate for all levels of staff within community and long term care organizations who support older adults.  Participants of this program will learn how to support persons living with dementia and respond effectively and with compassion to situations where responsive behaviours may arise.

Click here to find out more about GPA.

To book a session, please contact:

Erika Rice, Education Coordinator (GPA Coach) at 705-329-0909 ext. 3802 or 

Last Updated: 01/02/2018